2012 National Value Added Ag Conference in Traverse City, MI June 24-26
There is still time to register for the National Value Added Agriculture Conference, which will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich. on June 24 to 26, 2012. Registration is $150 until June 15. Registration will then increase to $190. More details are on the agenda and at the National Value Added website. You can also follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nvaac.
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The goal of the conference is to learn about the process that leads to successful rural development projects so that Farm Bureau groups can achieve similar results. Conference participants will have the opportunity over the three days to interact with innovative business owners and economic developers from throughout Michigan and around the U.S. to discuss rural entrepreneurism, adding value to agricultural products, agritourism and rural economic development.
Farm Bureau staff and leaders are encouraged to share a program or project from their state at the National Value Added Agriculture Conference. A 3-hour session on Sunday afternoon, June 24, has been allocated to share state programs and success stories. This session will allow Farm Bureaus to learn how other state Farm Bureaus are developing value-added agriculture and community building programs to enhance the quality of life for rural residents, increase income for farmers and ranchers, and enable Farm Bureau to better serve the rural non-farm members. Contact email@example.com to let me know which state program you would like to cover at that session.
State Farm Bureaus will be responsible for registration, travel and lodging. The conference registration deadline is June 10. The registration fee includes a welcome reception Sunday evening, lunch and dinner on Monday, and lunch on Tuesday. The host hotel is the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village, P.O. Box 404, Acme, MI 49610. There are resort discounts available for golf, the golf academy and spa visits. Shuttle service is available from the airport. Call the resort at 888-856-6270 with your arrival time and the resort will schedule a pickup at the airport for you.
Wish to join us? Register by June 1 for the registration fee of $150; Book your room at the Grand Traverse Resort. Use NV2012 as the group registration code to guarantee the room rate of $176.95 (single/double), which includes the room, breakfast and resort fee. This rate is available as long as rooms are available; and Book your flights to the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, MI.