Still Time to Register for the 18th Annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference

Posted on 06/06/2016 at 11:35 AM by Shannon Hoyle

The 18th annual National Value Added Conference themed, Agriculture, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Developing Thriving Rural Communities, is coming to Madison, Wisconsin, July 21st-22nd, 2016. The conference will kick-off with a welcoming reception on the evening of July 20th, and attendees will have the opportunity to attend farm tours on Thursday afternoon. The deadline to register is July 7th. Check out the conference agenda.

National leaders in value-added agriculture will hear about topics in agritourism, rural & urban economic development, food waste, food safety, marketing, policy, local & regional food systems, labor issues, alternative energy, technology, supply chain management, and more.

Who should attend: Farmers, business owners and operators, entrepreneurs, consultants, policy makers, extension specialists, academics, community leaders, and service providers.

Registration: The cost to attend the full conference is $150. This will cover meetings, two breakfasts, two lunches, and a reception. There are volunteer opportunities for students and those who cannot afford the full rate.

Hotel: The event will be held at Park Hotel (formerly Inn on the Park), located at 22 S Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703. Call (800) 279-8811 or (608) 285-8000 and identify yourself as being a part of the "2016 National Value-Added Conference Block" to receive the group rate.

Room rates per night:
One Bed (1 to 2 people) = $139.00
Two Beds (1 to 4 people) = $149.00
Suites = $179.00

Rates above do not include taxes of 5.5% for the state or 9% for the city, if applicable

Booth Space: A limited number of booth tables will be available. These booths are primarily reserved for information and service providers; however we welcome business booths as well. This is not a tradeshow, and it is not necessary to provide coverage for your booth for the entire conference, though we encourage you to be present. No electricity will be available. No sampling.

The 2016 National Value Added Agriculture Conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & University of Wisconsin – Dane County Extension. Confirmed sponsors include the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, University of Wisconsin Dane County Extension, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Food MarketMaker, and Southern Extension Risk Management Education.

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