ASAP’s annual business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers will be held virtually Feb. 25-27.
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The Virtual Conference Experience
Workshops, networking events, and consulting opportunities will all take place within a virtual conference platform, accessible via your browser. You will need internet access and a computer to attend (we recommend a desktop or laptop and the Google Chrome browser; the conference platform does not support Internet Explorer). Some breakout sessions will take place on Zoom, so you’ll want to have the latest version of the app available on your computer as well.
Choose from workshops on business planning, farm financials, direct and wholesale marketing, legal considerations, and much more, led by regional business and marketing professionals and innovative farmers. All conference attendees will have access to workshop recordings for 30 days post-event, so if you’re not able to attend live, you can view them on your own time.
The popular Grower-Buyer Meeting will return in virtual form! Meet with grocers, distributors, chefs, and restaurant owners 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.
Within the virtual format, attendees will have the opportunity to meet, connect, and form supportive relationships. Experts are available to provide your farm with individual support on a variety of business, legal, marketing, and management topics.
Connect with representatives from a variety of regional agricultural and business services in our virtual exhibitor hall.
ASAP is offering a limited number of New and Beginning Farmer and Racial Equity scholarships to growers in the Appalachian Grown region. The scholarship award covers 100 percent of the registration cost and can be used for one person from your farm who has not attended in the past. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Submit a scholarship application here.
EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems is also offering a limited number of full scholarships to residents of Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, and Graham Counties and the Qualla Boundary. Submit a scholarship application here.
Thank you to our 2021 Business of Farming Conference Sponsors:
Additional support for the 2021 Business of Farming Conference is provided by: