The Summit provides a unique networking opportunity for direct agricultural market practitioners to form new partnerships and learn new business strategies that can improve the performance of their farms and businesses.
The Summit features resources to assist market managers, direct marketing farmers, and agribusinesses as well as practitioners or technical assistance providers in understanding and enhancing direct marketing efforts. Summit attendees represent diverse backgrounds from public and private sector representing farmers, academics, entrepreneurs, service providers, mission-focused investors, business operators, community practitioners, students, consultants, and government employees from state and Federal agencies.
The Summit focus on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities Across the Food Value Chain” focusing on direct to consumer markets, local food systems and value added technical assistance. Experts and resources from the public and private sector will be highlighted throughout the 3-day event. This year’s conveners include:
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
MarketMaker and the Global Food Agricultural Network
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Illinois Farm Bureau
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University
Farmers Market Coalition
Summit will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois ( a northwest suburb of Chicago – https://www.rosemont.com/desconvention/ October 7-9, 2019.