Still A Whole Lot More To Learn

This is the theme of the 2011 North American Farmer’s Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) Annual Convention being held in Baltimore Maryland February 5-10, 2011.  This annual conference is an opportunity to learn from direct marketing experts from around the world, network with direct marketers from across North America and enjoy a holiday at the same time.  The conference begins with a “School on Wheels” a three-day bus tour offered from February 5-7, 2011.  There are two themes Agritourism and Farm Direct Marketing.  The conference is held from February 8-10 and is broke down into three fields of study – participation, education and innovation. The trade show is held during this time and offers a variety of displays and information. The Ultimate Network’s package is a 7-day,7-night package including all learning activities plus accommodation and is priced at $1,449 USD prior to December 15, 2010.  The three-day conference fee is $599 USD (accommodation extra).  An a la carte system is also available for registration.  A membership in NAFDMA is required to attend the convention. 

The Agri-Excellence Program a component of the Growing Forward Federal/Provincial initiative can provide funding for learning events such as the NAFDMA annual convention.  To be eligible for funding must have a net household income no more than $75,000 over a three-year average and must have commodity sales over $10,000 in the previous three years.  The program will cover the conference fee to a maximum of $500 per individual course.  A variety of courses including the Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference are eligible for funding.  A Rural Leadership Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives will assist you in creating a learning plan for the program. 

For more information on the NAFDMA annual convention visit their website at www.nafdma.com

For more information on the Agri-Excellence Program visit the program website at http://web2.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/programs/index.php?name=aaa19s12.fr or contact your local MAFRI office.

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