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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.

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ASAP’s annual 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 2016 Annual Business of Farming Conference

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:30-5:00 pm
Highsmith Student Union, UNC Asheville in downtown Asheville, NC.

Registration Information
Early bird registration is $70 per person until January 15; $90 per person beginning on January 16.  The conference typically sells out, early registration is recommended to secure your spot. Register online or download and print a mail-in registration form to pay by check.

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Get monthly conference updates by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter, or contact us at for more information. Scroll down for more conference information including what workshops will be offered this year, details on our annual Grower-Buyer Meeting, and how to support and get involved with the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor.

Grow Your Farm Business at BOF! 

Whether you’re looking to grow your farm business or just getting started, the Business of Farming Conference has something for you!

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers – learn and build strategies
Choose from over a dozen workshops and structured networking sessions on farm business planning, marketing, agritourism, food safety, social media, and more.  The Business of Farming Conference offers resources for farmers to grow their businesses, market options, and networks. Visit our 2015 workshop schedule for an idea of the workshops we offered last year. 

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 – connect 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 include business planning, marketing, legal services, managing a farmers markets, and more.

Exhibitor Hall – find the resources you need for your business
Connect with regional businesses and agricultural organizations. 

Scholarships for Farmers

To make our conference more accessible to all farms in our region, ASAP has a limited number of partial scholarships available for farmers within the Appalachian Grown region. Partial scholarships cover 50% ($35) of the early bird conference registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded based on need and application responses. Click here to submit your application online or send by mail. Scholarships must be postmarked or electronically submitted before January 5 to be considered.

Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of the conference?  Learn more about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities and contact Scott Bunn at for more information.

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