News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is hosting an Agriculture Marketing Conference specifically tailored to benefit Southern Maryland region farm enterprises. The Conference will be held at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is SMADC’s first ever Marketing Conference,” remarked Karyn Owens, SMADC’s Program Specialist and conference coordinator. “SMADC is well known for its niche marketing workshops, this conference will broaden our reach with a full-day slate of tracks designed to meet the needs of beginning and experienced growers and farmers engaged in all types of agriculture.”
Producers and farmers (land or water-based) looking to brush up their marketing skills before the 2019 season kicks-off, or learn something new to enhance their business trajectory, will find topics are broadly applicable to wide range of ag. enterprises. Four tracks with breakout sessions will be offered:New and Beginning Farm Enterprises, Advanced Marketing Skills, State-Wide Trainings and ‘On the Horizon’ featuring new or popular industries, including Industrial Hemp, Urban Agriculture, Grains, and Agritourism.
Conference speakers are drawn from SMADC’s extensive network of credentialed organizations and industry partners – Grow and Fortify, The Institute of Applied Agriculture, University of Maryland Extension, and regional marketing and economic development specialists.
Conference Keynote speaker, Kellie Hinkle, Chief of Tourism for Charles County, is well known for her enthusiastic support for local agriculture. Hinkle has a a background in marketing and teaching and has particular expertise in assisting start-up and expanding ag. and rural businesses. She recently served as the acting assistant director for the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and as an agricultural development officer for Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and Jefferson County Development Authority.
For conference details, agenda and to register visit: ‘What’s New’/’News and Announcements’ at SMADC.com. Early bird registration ($35) is being accepted now until March 8th, 2019; thereafter general admission will increase to $45 per person. Ticket includes light breakfast and a catered lunch.View Conference Registration HERE