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This is the annual WNC winter vegetable conference where you can get the most up-to-date information on commercial vegetable production and other relevant topics. Network with industry representatives, socialize, earn pesticide credits, and bid in the silent auction which supports scholarships for our youth to study agriculture. Mark your calendar now. More information will be posted as it becomes available at www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/tomatoes/
Mark your calendars for February 23-25, 2018, when the Asheville Truffle Experience will fill multiple venues around town with pungent decadence. Learn about the mystery of this ultra-prized ingredient, attend tastings and wine-paired dinners, learn about the rise of truffle cultivation in the U.S. and how to train your truffle dog, and participate in a hands-on culinary lesson. For more information and to register, go to: www.ashevilletruffle.com/
Focused on assessing potential opportunities fordeveloping the United States’ industrial hemp industry, the first AnnualIndustrial Hemp Summit is a partnership effort between Halifax CountyAgricultural Development Office (HCAD) and the Institute for Advanced Learningand Research (IALR). A specific focus of the summit will be building the supplychain for this emerging industry and developing markets for industrial hempfiber and food. The summit willhighlight current innovation in the industry, as well as explore solutions forresolving resource and infrastructure needs to move the industry forward. The summit will explore legislative andregulatory changes that are needed to allow the hemp industry to flourish.
The United States is the world’s largest market for hempproducts with estimated sales of $688 million in 2016, according to Vote Hempmarket research. Most hemp products soldin the U.S. have been imported. Withpotential changes in legislation, the U.S. hemp industry has acceleratedfollowing the inclusion of a key provision in the 2014 Farm Bill, whichauthorized state regulated hemp pilot programs and research. The summit seeksto serve as a catalyst to help the hemp industry grow and create jobs andeconomic development in rural communities.
The summit will start on Monday evening with a networking reception followed by a full day summit with experts on Tuesday. More information can be found at
Save the date! As information is developed it will be posted at trufflegrowers.com/ . (Please note, as of 11/10/2017 the location for the 2017 conference was still posted there).
The third annual South Atlantic Hops Conference is a joint effort/collaboration between North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University, and the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. This year’s format is a little different from the previous two years with no bus tours, or individual day registrations. One flat registration fee covers two full days of education and networking opportunities for our region’s hop growers and brewers. We are going to cover a lot of ground in those two days. Registration includes two lunches, three food/beverage breaks, access to vendors, interactive learning stations, and our new networking reception, all held in a first-class facility. Definitely worth the effort to get here! Brewers: don’t miss this chance to “think outside the pellet” – expand your knowledge of locally-grown hops and network with our regional growers. All for $179 (Early Bird registration price, ends January 15, 2018), $220 after that date. For more information and to register, go to: www.hops.hort.vt.edu/hops-conference/
The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, pre-conference, and on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks include Community Food, Cooking, Earthskills, Farmer Beginning, Farmers Intermediate/Advanced, Gardening, Herbs, Livestock, Mushrooms, Permaculture, Pollinators, Poultry, Soils, Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Living, and More! For more information and to register, go to: organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/