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Keeping the Small Farm Alive

February 22, 2005

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Sustainability and profitability of the small farm is the focus of the 5th Annual Small Farm Family Conference, being held March 18-19 at Roberts Convention Center in Wilmington, Ohio.

The conference is designed for small, limited resource and beginning farmers; farm organizations; and other agricultural individuals to share their experiences and insights behind small farms and discuss programs and in-services set up to support them.

The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Small Farm Magazine, American Small Farm Association and Innovative Farmers of Ohio.

Topics of discussion throughout the two-day event include increasing profits through conservation planning, direct marketing strategies, risk management, retirement planning, alternative enterprises, farm loan programs, tax planning, rural housing programs, raising meat goats, roadside marketing strategies and grazing for profits.

Pre-registration is $30 per person and $50 per couple. On-site registration is $40 per person and $60 per couple. The fee includes conference materials, three breaks, a continental breakfast, a reception ticket and a lunch ticket. For more information or to register, contact the Erie Basin RC&D at (419) 668-4113.

Candace Pollock
Mike Hogan