The Michigan Farmers Markets Association (MIFMA) is hosting the Michigan Farmers Market Conference on March 8 and 9, 2016 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Register now at

The 2016 conference will feature a unique opportunity for farmers market managers and direct marketing farmers to learn more about accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, distributed via the Michigan EBT Bridge Card, and take the first step toward being able to accept these benefits in exchange for fresh, locally grown products.

Where & When:
In partnership with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), MIFMA is offering SNAP training and on-site sign-up at the conference on Wednesday, March 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. EST.

Those interested in attending the entire conference and SNAP Training can do so by clicking here

Those who are interested in only attending the SNAP Training should call the MIFMA office to register at 517-432-3381

“Michigan’s farmers are instrumental in providing fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods throughout the State”, said Tim English, Regional Administrator for USDA Food and Nutrition Service. “We are striving to expand access to healthy food to those participating in SNAP.  We encourage direct marketing farmers and farmers markets who are not currently participating in the SNAP Program to attend this special sign-up event. The ability to accept SNAP benefits helps farmers expand their customer base and economically support their local community.”

During the conference session, attendees will receive step-by-step instructions for completing the USDA FNS online application to accept SNAP benefits and USDA FNS staff will be on-site to review applications and approve them. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about a grant program facilitated by the national Farmers Market Coalition which can equip SNAP authorized farmers markets and direct marketing farmers with free, wireless point-of-sale devices.

“MIFMA has helped grow the number of farmers markets in Michigan accepting SNAP from just three in 2006, to over 150 in 2015. We are proud to be hosting this sign-up opportunity in addition to the other training and technical assistance programs we offer farmers market managers across the state,” explains MIFMA Director, Dru Montri.

In addition, the Michigan Farmers Market Conference will also feature three educational tracks with 15 different break-out sessions, roundtable discussions, exhibitors, a panel of keynote speakers, MIFMA’s annual meeting, a silent auction fundraiser and ample networking opportunities. Conference registration closes Friday, February 26, 2016. 

To register for the conference or for more information on other programs and MIFMA membership opportunities, visit or call 517-432-3381.

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