Another great conference in Michigan to celebrate family farms and explore new farm technologies and opportunities... don't miss out!

Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

517-355-0271 ext. 1156


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From: Michaelle Rehmann <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [FOODSPEAK] Register Today for 2014 Michigan Family Farms Conference!
Date: January 8, 2014 at 4:04:37 PM EST
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Register Today for 2014 Michigan Family Farms Conference!
 Don’t get left out in the cold, on-line registration for the 2014 Michigan Family Farms Conference closes January 12th!  Check out our conference website at to learn more.

This year’s conference, held on January 18th in Battle Creek, Michigan titled “Family Farming – Growing Toward the Future” will focus on Michigan’s farming heritage and growing opportunities for farmers in the future.
The Michigan Family Farms Conference is a forum for beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. For more than ten years, the conference has helped connect farmers from across the state to important resources and learn how to make their farms more sustainable and more viable.

Conference workshops cover just about everything in the world of local food and sustainable agriculture, like urban farming, hoophouses, food safety, the Farm Bill, estate planning, smartphones and much more! Special youth activities focused on agriculture, too, make this family farms conference truly a family event.

Lydia Gutierrez, President of Hacienda Mexican Foods is this year’s keynote speaker.  She’ll share her commitment to local food and her local community, the ups and downs of a small business and how faith, tenacity and determination have led to her success as a business owner.

The conference registration fee is $45 per person or $35 for students, and group discounts are available. The deadline for registering is January 12, so don’t delay!

Those interested in sponsoring the event or being a conference exhibitor, contact Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) at (517) 432-0712 or [log in to unmask].

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Michigan Family Farms Conference planning partners include: Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS), the Farm Research Cooperative, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA), Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, and the Calhoun Conservation District.

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