These came via Paige Manning at MDAC.
There are several grower workshops and conferences taking place over the course of the next few days. Don’t miss out on any of these opportunities.
Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 5th Saving Rural America Conference
March 2-3, 2012 beginning at 6:00 a.m. at the Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS
The theme of the conference is Food Quality & The Small Producer
For more information visit, http://www.wcshc.com/
Mississippi Market Ready™ Training
March 2- Pontotoc & March 8 – Gulfport
Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing local produce? In one day, you will receive information about current food policy legislation, how to build relationships and communicate with managers and chefs, proper packaging and labeling to sell, marketing strategies, different pricing structures, and much more to help you get started or build your current operation.
Market Ready™ is a program developed specifically for producers who would like to begin selling to restaurants, retailers, or institutions. Market Ready™ training is also beneficial to those who already sell to a few local restaurants and retailers and would like to increase this area of their business.
For more information visit: http://www.agecon.msstate.edu/what/value/special/. To register online visit, https://www.agecon.msstate.edu/training/marketready/detail.php
Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
March 6-7, 2012, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, MS
If you are a grower of greenhouse tomatoes, or if you have interest in growing this crop, mark your calendar now for the 22nd Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course. Participating in this program will be the best way to learn all about producing greenhouse tomatoes. Expert speakers will present seminars on a variety of fields relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. Special topics this year will be components of the greenhouse system, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budget for greenhouse growers, updates on the latest research, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, and of course the pest management workshop, which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management.
Advance registration is $125 (use registration form in mailed packet or online with a credit card), or, if you prefer, you can pay $150 at the door, per person for the entire Short Course. For further information, send email to Dr. Rick Snyder at Rick.Snyder@msstate.edu or call (601) 892-3731 or visithttp://greenhousetomatosc.com/. Mississippi growers can contact their local Mississippi County Extension Office.
2012 MS Women for Agriculture Conference
March 9-10, Bost Extension Center, MSU Campus
The Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization is a continuation of the MS Women in Agriculture educational program initiated by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and its partners. Through educational and networking activities such as the annual conference, MWA provides Mississippi women the chance to form friendships, share ideas. For more information visit: msucares.com/womenforag.
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives Annual Meeting
March 15-17, 2012, Jackson, MS
2012 Alcorn State University Small Farmers Conference