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Agritourism, farmers market conference set


Fruit and vegetable farmers and agritourism businesses can learn new management and marketing practices at the "Direct Marketing Tools for Farmers Markets and Agritourism Enterprises" conference Feb. 26.

The conference will cover different aspects of agritourism, profitability, marketing and high tunnel production. The schedule includes sessions on "Season Extension Techniques to Increase Your Total Sales," "What Sells at Farmers Markets Besides Vegetables and Fruit" and "Marketing to Restaurants and Other Institutions."

Conference speakers include farmers market managers, fruit and vegetable farmers and others experienced in agricultural marketing and agritourism.

The conference will be held at the Clifton-Clyde High School. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will end at 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $10 per person and includes lunch. Checks can be made payable to "Clyde Economic Development" and mailed with an accompanying registration form to Direct Marketing Conference, 1651 N. 270 Road, Clyde, KS 66938.

Sponsors of the conference include K-State Research and Extension's River Valley District, Clyde Economic Development, North Central Kansas Specialty Crop Project, Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Washington County Farm Bureau, Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.

More information is available on the web at www.BuyFreshNCK.com or by contacting David Coltrain, community development and horticulture extension agent for the River Valley Extension District, at 785-325-2121 or coltrain@k-state.edu.

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