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Future Farms 2008: Planning for Change

When August 05, 2008 08:00 AM to
August 06, 2008 05:00 PM
Where OKC/Bricktown

In this era of change, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are branching out-- trying new crops and marketing options.

The best of these innovative farm enterprises will be featured during the Future Farms 2008: Planning for Change conference at the Bricktown Convention Center, August 5 and 6 in Oklahoma City.

The two day conference will offer one day of farm and ranch tours and one day of indoor presentations.

“Our aim is simple—to help Oklahoma producers find success in this rapidly-changing world,” said Maura McDermott of the Kerr Center, sponsor of the event.

On August 5 buses will leave from the conference center, bound for three different parts of the state—northwest, central and east. Each tour will visit four or five farms. Each will feature at least one livestock operation, one vegetable farm and one winery. On-farm food enterprises and agritourism will be explored as well. 

“Each bus/tour will be limited to 50,” says Alan Ware of the Kerr Center. He advises those interested to register early.

On August 6, conference attendees can choose from sessions under three tracks: financial planning, production and marketing. Twenty-five experts and producers will present information and outline opportunities and resources to help Oklahoma farmers/ranchers be successful.

Just a few of the topics include: labor, insurance and legal issues; unconventional marketing opportunities; business planning; and how to raise in-demand crops and livestock.

The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) is partnering with the Kerr Center to sponsor the conference. Other sponsors are High Country Rural Conservation and Development Program; the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University; Langston University; Fun Country Rural Conservation and Development Program; and the National Center for Agricultural Law, Research and Information.

People can attend either day or both. Registration deadline is July 21. Register online via Pay Pal, print out a registration form or call 918.647.9123.

Future Farms 2008 is the fifth in the Kerr Center’s popular Future Farms series of conferences that began in 2000.

For further information and registration, please click here.