ProAg of Renville County

Locally Grown 2007

A conference that explores opportunities to diversify crop and livestock operations, marketing opportunities
for locally GROWN, and ways local government can support new markets and farming opportunities.

Date: Friday, November 16, 2007
Location: Danube Community Center, 405 Main Street, Danube, MN
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $25 per individual, $15 for each additional
person from business or family
Target Audience: Current and beginning farmers, local elected officials,
community and economic development professionals, interested citizens

Agenda 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

8:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
8:45 a.m. Welcome & Introductions – Chris Hettig, Renville County HRA/EDA

9:00 a.m. Morning Key Note – Changing Consumer Trends: What are the Marketing Opportunities for Locally
GROWN – Maggie Adamek,
Senior Analyst - Food, Sustainability and Wellness, U of M Regional
Sustainable Development Partnerships

9:30 a.m. Organic Crops – Don Wyse, Professor, U of M, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics; Carmen
, A-Frame Farms near Madison, MN and Coordinator of Organic Crops Research at Southwest
Research/Outreach Center

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Vegetable Produce for Commercial and Local Markets – Terry Nennich, Regional Extension
Educator Horticulture, U of M Extension and Ter-Lee Gardens near Bagley, MN

11:15 a.m. Fruit and Wine Grapes – Jim Luby, Professor, U of M, Department of Horticulture Sciences;
                  Dick Hagen, Renville County Grape Grower

12 Noon Lunch and Key Note – What can County and Local Governments do to support New Markets and
New Farming Opportunities? – Robert Marqusee
, Director, Rural Economic Development for
Woodbury County, IA

1:30 p.m. Organic/Grass Based Dairy and Livestock. Livestock in general –
                Wayne Martin
, Program Director, Alternative Livestock Systems, U of M Extension
                Michael Schneider – Schneider Farms, Organic Farmer
                Terry VanDerPol – Land Stewardship Project’s Community Based Food Systems Program Director
                Steve Zenk – Owner & Operator of Zenk Farm & Prairievine Vineyard and Farm Business
                                         Management Instructor, Ridgewater College - Olivia Site

2:30 p.m. Institutional Marketing Opportunities – Jim Ennis, Program Director, Food Alliance Midwest

3:15 p.m. Wrap-up, comments, and evaluation/survey for future topics – Chris Hettig, Renville Co. HRA/EDA

For More Information:
Renville County HRA/EDA

Chris Hettig
Stefanie Agre
(320) 523-3656

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