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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 2015 Business of Farming Conference was a GREAT success thanks to YOU!

Thank you to all who participated, supported, and presented at our 12th Annual Conference!

This conference is a great reminder of the strong local food and farm community in our region, and we hope you took advantage of the opportunity to network and gain resources to grow your farm businesses! Stay connected with this network by certifying your farm Appalachian Grown™ and sign up for our e-newsletters to hear about upcoming events, trainings, and resources, like our CSA Fairs, Farm Tour, and risk management workshops.

Missed the conference? Be sure to sign up for our monthly e-news to be first to know about our 2016 Business of Farming Conference and other trainings and resources.

Conference Activities:

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers:

ASAP’s 2015 conference offered 17 workshop choices and NEW Friday half-day workshops.  From farm business planning to agritourism to recordkeeping, our 2015 conference provided resources for farmers to strengthen their businesses and networks. Visit our workshop page for full descriptions of the Friday afternoon workshops and a list of Saturday conference topics, or view our workshop schedule. 

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Attendees participated in a  variety of networking activities including the Grower-Buyer Meetings, one-on-one consultations with  legal, business, and agricultural professionals, visiting exhibits, and networking with farmers from across the region. All while enjoying a delicious locally sourced meal!

Grower-buyer Meetings
Farmers met with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss their products and the possibility of a match between what they produced and what each buyer needed. This year’s Grower-Buyer Meeting featured more buyers than ever before. Continue those connections and find new potential buyers in ASAP’s Wholesale Local Food Guide. Create your farm listing for free when creating your Local Food Guide listing, or contact us at with questions.

Consulting Sessions/Ask a Lawyer:
Experts from around the region were 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, land access, social media, agritourism, and much more!

Exhibitor Hall
Our exhibitor hall doubled, maybe tripled in size, 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. 

Learn more here about the Grower-Buyer Meetings and consulting sessions.

Thank you to our conference sponsors who help make this event possible! 



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We’d also like to thank our conference funders!

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