Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Virginia Agriculture & Food-based Business Development Workshops- November 16 & 23, 2009

October 7, 2009

The purpose of this two-part workshop series is to support new and existing innovative, value-added food processing and food production enterprises and to strengthen agriculture and food economic development opportunities in Virginia through a series of educational workshops.

This presents an excellent strategy for sustainable agriculture and local food entrepreneurs to immediately and positively impact Virginia’s economy and food system by gaining valuable information about important food safety regulations, business planning tools and local food marketing techniques.

Learning from experts such as agriculture and local food entrepreneurs, professionals at the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Virginia Farm Bureau, Rappahannock Rapidan Health District, Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State Univerrsity, USDA and the Farmers Market Coalition will allow new and existing agricultural and food-based business developers to strengthen there knowledge and understanding of these important topics, which will ultimately help generate economic impacts for there businesses and for the local economy.

These workshops are scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2009 and Monday November 23, 2009, at the Airlie Conference Center from 9am to 4pm. The address for Airlie Center is 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA 20187. The cost to attend one of these workshops is just $40 while the cost to attend both is $80.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and space is limited to the first 50 individuals who register. Walk-in registrations will be considered if capacity allows. Scholarships are available to attend and will be awarded dependent on need. If you would like more information about these scholarships, please contact Matt Benson at (540) 341-7961. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Makrissa Winston at (540) 341-7961 ext. 11.

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