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ASAP’s 12th Annual Business of Farming Conference

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Each year our conference offers business and marketing themed workshops, networking opportunities, and resources to help farmers grow their farm businesses. The conference  features over 15 workshops, Friday afternoon 3-hour intensives, a Grower-Buyer meeting, locally sourced breakfast and lunch, and much more. 

The Business of Farming Conference will be held on Saturday, February 14, 8-5:30 pm and will feature a new conference location at the beautiful Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville, located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Friday workshops will be held at multiple off site locations. 

Early bird registration ends January 15. Register now to saveGive your farm some TLC this Valentine’s Day.

 

ASAP and RAFI-USA Partner and Launch Connect2Direct

ASAP and RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) have partnered on the project, Connect2Direct, a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. The goal for the collaboration is to support and build equitable community-based local food economies through the development of direct markets for farmers in North Carolina.

Connect2Direct aims to dramatically increase farm to consumer direct sales and the usage of EBT/SNAP at farmers markets in NC – by over 100% within two years – by providing training and technical assistance to markets and market vendors, creating effective marketing and outreach campaigns, facilitating the transactional process for EBT/SNAP, and building statewide capacity and efficiency to sustainably ensure that all North Carolinians have access to fresh foods grown by local farmers.

Click here for the full press release and more information about the project.

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Local Food Sales Surge in WNC

ASHEVILLE, NC (May 2, 2014) – Local food sales in Western North Carolina have grown significantly in the last five years. The 2012 Census of Agriculture, released on May 2, shows that direct sales alone have increased by nearly 70% in the region according to analysis by ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, from under $5 million in 2007 to over $8 million in 2012. The 2012 Census of Agriculture also shows that the region has reversed a disturbing trend in loss of farm acres, actually adding over 10,000 acres between 2007 and 2012 while the rest of North Carolina and the country lost farmland.

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At What Cost? Food Hubs, Walmart, and Local Food

By Charlie Jackson and Allison Perrett
March 26, 2014

It is generally recognized that we have big problems with our food system. Industry and government policies and practices are concealed in an anonymous and largely unsustainable global economic system that degrades individual and community health, harms the environment, and is failing to sustain our farms and communities. In this pervasive global system, the effects of our food choices are hidden, and we are unable to see our impacts as consumers and citizens.

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North Carolina Sales Tax Laws Impacting Farmers & Farmers Markets

There have been lots of alterations to the North Carolina tax laws affecting farmers selling at farmers markets as well as new requirements for market managers. Changes are happening every day, so keep up-to-date at From Here and our Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors.

 

 

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