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Conference to Share Ways to Promote Locally Grown Products

March 22, 2006

MARIETTA, Ohio – According to a recent Ohio State University survey, nearly 90 percent of Ohioans support locally grown foods, and 60 percent of respondents would spend more money for those products. With demand for "fresh from the farm" increasing, production and marketing opportunities abound for farmers, and an Ohio State University Extension conference will be held to give participants a helping hand.


The 2006 Mid-Ohio Valley Agriculture Opportunities Conference will be held on April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio. The conference is designed to provide information on starting a new crop on the farm, whether it's meat goats, shrimp, blueberries or herbs, or enhancing the management and marketing of existing farm businesses to target urban consumers.

The conference is being sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Direct Agriculture Marketing Association and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education North Central Region.

Topics of discussion include starting tree fruit production, financing a new enterprise, growing and selling vegetables year-round, direct marketing meats, starting berry production, finding your customers, applying for grants, record keeping, greenhouse production, aquaculture basics, creative marketing and selling strategies, and herb production.

Program speakers include: Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Carroll County; Andy and Kate Grimm, Grimm's Green Acres Orchard; Steve Reed and Melinda Roberts, Farm Credit Services; Matt Kleinhenz, OSU Extension vegetable crops specialist; Troy Cooper, OSU Extension, Knox County; Eric Barrett, OSU Extension, Washington County; Sandy Kuhn, OSU Extension, South Centers at Piketon berry specialist; Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension, Athens County; Marty Clark, Farm Business Planning and Analysis, Washington County Career Center; Hal Kneen, OSU Extension, Meigs County; Pat Lane, Lane's Perennial Gardens; and Paul O'Bryant, OSU Extension South Centers at Piketon.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch along with all presentations from the entire conference. For more information or to register, log on to and click "Ag Opportunities Conference."


Candace Pollock
Eric Barrett