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Business of Farming Conference


Get a feel for the event by watching this video from our 2013 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 businesses.  The conference also features meetings with wholesale buyers, professional consulting opportunities, business and agricultural exhibits, and a locally sourced breakfast and lunch.   

ASAP’s 12th Annual Business of Farming Conference 

What: Registration opens for ASAP’s 2016 Business of Farming Conference on Monday, October 12.
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Where: UNC Asheville in downtown Asheville, NC. Stay tuned for more information or contact us at to get on our conference mailing list.
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What to expect at the 2016 Business of Farming Conference:

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers
Choose from over 15 workshops and structured networking sessions on everything from risk management, farm business planning, marketing, and agritourism.  The Business of Farming Conference offers resources for farmers to grow their businesses, marketing opportunities and networks. Visit our workshop schedule for a glimpse of what sessions we offered in 2015.

Grower-Buyer Meetings – make business connections
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss your products and the possibility of a match between what you produce and what each buyer needs. Many farmers have made connections with participating buyers, and many more have gotten the conversation started! Learn more about the conference’s Grower-Buyer Meetings and how to prepare, including completing your Local Food Guide and Wholesale Local Food Guide listings.

Consulting Sessions – learn and network
Experts from around the region are on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one support and legal counsel. Areas of support included business planning, marketing, legal services, EBT at farmers markets, and more.

Exhibitor Hall – find the resources you need for your business
Our exhibitor hall doubled allowing us to offer more networking opportunities and resources from regional businesses and agricultural organizations. Visit our exhibitor and sponsor page to see who was there, and to learn about being a sponsor or exhibitor at ASAP’s 2016 Business of Farming Conference. 

Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of the conference?  Contact Scott Bunn at

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