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Registration opens November 1.

ASAP’s 2017 Business of Farming Conference
Saturday, February 25, 2017
AB Tech Community College, Asheville, North Carolina

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning to experienced farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Each year, farmers from across the region and southeast come together with agricultural professionals, business and legal experts, and local buyers to share resources and ideas, network, and make valuable connections.  The conference is filled with instructive business and marketing workshops led by experienced farmers and regional professionals, and exclusive networking opportunities like our 1:1 Ask-a-Lawyer sessions, round table discussions, and lunch time Grower-Buyer Meeting. The Business of Farming Conference is the perfect way to kick off your 2017 season!

For more information and to be added to our conference email list contact Robin Lenner at or 828-236-1282.

ASAP’s 14th Annual Business of Farming Conference

Workshops for New, Beginning, and Experienced Farmers
Farmers can choose from workshops and structured networking sessions on business planning and financials, direct and wholesale marketing, agritourism, risk management, food safety, social media, and much more.  The Business of Farming Conference offers workshops and round table discussions led by regional business, agricultural, and legal experts, and farmers who provide valuable personal experience. 

Grower-Buyer Meetings
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.

Individual Business Consulting
Experts are on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one business and marketing support and legal counsel. Areas of support include business planning, legal services, managing a farmers markets, and more.

View our 2016 Business of Farming Conference workshops for an idea of what to expect at our annual conference.

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

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