A business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers.
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the region to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is open to beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.
We had a wonderful 2018 Business of Farming conference! Thank you to all of our presenters, buyers, consultants, volunteers, and sponsors for making the conference possible–and of course to our attendees for making it such a fantastic day of learning and networking!
For conference handouts and presentations click the button below:
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 2018 conference? Contact us to get involved with connecting your services with local farmers.
2018 Conference Workshops
Click below to see a list of workshop descriptions, speakers, and the conference agenda, as well as presentations and handouts from our 2018 conference.
Become a sponsor or exhibitor at next year’s Business of Farming Conference:
Showcase your business as a supporter of local food and farms and connect directly with professional farmers from across the Southern Appalachian Region. Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected] to learn about being a sponsor or exhibitor at our 2019 Business of Farming Conference.
Thank you to our 2018 Business of Farming Conference Sponsors and Funders!