Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center
A business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers.
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the region to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is open to beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Register online or contact us at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone.
Workshops for Beginning and Established Farmers
The Business of Farming Conference offers workshops led by regional business, marketing, and legal experts, as well as regional farmers who provide valuable personal experience. Choose workshops and structured networking sessions on business planning and financials, direct and wholesale marketing, agritourism, risk management, insurance and legal considerations, and much more.
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss sourcing and possible matches between what you produce and what each buyer needs — it’s like speed dating for local sourcing! Many farmers have made connections with participating buyers, and many more have improved their ability to serve wholesale accounts.
One-on-One Business Consulting
Experts and professionals are on hand to answer your questions and on farm business planning, social media marketing, legal concerns, insurance considerations, taxes, and more. A farmers market managers meeting will also be conducted for farmers market managers and staff.
Exhibitor Hall – Business, Marketing and Ag Resources for Farmers
Local agricultural, business, and legal businesses will be set up in our exclusive exhibitor hall offering your farm business tools to grow smartly and safely. Interested in being an exhibitor at our 2018 conference? Contact us to get involved with connecting your services with local farmers.
2018 Conference Workshops + Friday Workshops
Click below to see a list of workshop descriptions, speakers, and the conference agenda. Register with a farm partner to save money and attend multiple workshops during each time block! Also, learn about our Friday Half-Day Workshop Intensives.
How to register:
Register online or call 828-236-1282 to register over the phone. Early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31. Regular registration is $95 per person or $165 for two farm partners beginning February 1. Friday half-day workshop intensives are $20 per person and can be added to your conference registration or purchased as a standalone workshop. The conference has sold out in the past, early registration is recommended.
Become a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2018 Business of Farming Conference:
Our conference sponsors make the Business of Farming Conference possible for area farmers to gain skills and connections to grow successful farm businesses. Join us as a 2018 conference sponsor and show your support of local food and farms. Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected] to learn more about our exciting sponsorship opportunities.
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast (sponsored by Ingles Markets)
8:30-9:00 Morning Welcome
9:15-10:45 Workshop Block 1
11:00-12:30 Workshop Block 2
12:30-2:15 Lunch (sponsored by Farm Burger) and Networking Activities
2:30-4:00 Workshop Block 2
4:30 Farmer Social at Wedge at Foundation hosted by WNC Young Farmers Coalition
Thank you to our 2018 Business of Farming Conference sponsors and funders!