A business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers.
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional farmers from across the Southeast to network and share resources to grow their farm businesses. At the conference farmers learn about marketing, business planning, branding, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference is designed for beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.
Join us for our 2019 Business of Farming Conference on Saturday, February 23 at the AB Tech Conference Center in Asheville, NC. Click HERE to register online.
About the Business of Farming Conference:
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 2019 conference? Contact us to get involved with connecting your services with local farmers or complete an online application.
How to Register:
Register online or contact us at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone. Your conference registration includes workshops, a Grower-Buyer meeting, consulting and networking opportunities, exhibitor hall, and locally sourced conference meals. Receive a $25 discount when you register with a farm partner.
Early bird registration is $75 per person, or $125 for two farm partners by February 1.
Standard registration is $95 per person, or $165 for two farm partners beginning February 2.
NC Rural Center Scholarship: If you are a farm located in one of the following counties in North Carolina, contact us about the Rural Food Business Assistance Project and how you can receive a full conference scholarship. Eligible counties include Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford and Swain Counties.
Partial Scholarship for Appalachian Grown Farmers: A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for current members of our Appalachian Grown program. Scholarships cover 50% of conference registration fees. Contact Robin at [email protected] to request a scholarship application.
2018 Conference Recap
Get a feel for our annual Business of Farming Conference and view our 2018 workshops and conference agenda.
Thank you to our 2019 Business of Farming Conference sponsors and funders!
Click on the images below to learn more about our sponsors and funders. Let them know that you appreciate their support of local farms! Contact Robin Lenner at [email protected] to learn about being a sponsor or exhibitor at our 2019 Business of Farming Conference.