National Value Added Agriculture Conference Will Feature Current Issues in Value Added Agriculture, Food Security, and Rural Development

Posted on 10/17/2017 at 01:35 PM by Shannon Hoyle

Make plans to attend the upcoming 2017 National Value Added Agriculture Conference (NVAA) in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 14-16, 2017.  The conference agenda details an exciting offering of general session speakers, concurrent sessions, workshops and posters/exhibitors. The conference will feature current issues that impact the value added of food and agricultural systems, food security, and rural development. 


The conference’s opening session features food system innovations in the private sector from a regional grocery, Wright’s Market, and an Online Grocery, Peapod.  The conference conclude with Tricia Kovacs, USDA’s Local and Regional Food System Policy Advisor, highlighting ways to enhance value and transparency across the food value chains. Branding, entrepreneurship, regional food systems, financing, and technology are topics to be featured during the workshops and concurrent sessions. Conference will highlight innovations showcasing the adaptability and resilience of the food and agricultural system in the new century. The 2017 NVAA conference goal is to improve farmer marketing activities and understanding of available value added resources.


Visit the following link to register for the conference, https://survey.uaex.edu/registrations/nvaa/nvaa-registration.asp. The conference will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel and a room block has been negotiated for conference attendees. Lodging arrangements can be made by visiting the link on the conference registration page. The conference lodging rate is $94 (includes buffet breakfast) under the group block NVAA, mention University of Arkansas Extension Service.  Hotel reservations should be made by calling 1-866-657-4458 or 501-907-4823. The group block ends on 10/24/17.  

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