Farm Business Accelerator Day

Friday, October 19th, 2018 at The Market Gatherings & Events in Valparaiso, Indiana

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Nurture the non-production part of your farm or food business with this day-long series of workshops and one-on-one opportunities to consult with experts regarding food safety requirements, permitting, long-range financial planning, insurance, wholesale opportunities, funding and more! Farm entrepreneurs will have ample time to network, share innovative ideas and leave with resources to improve and grow your businesses. Register for only $20. Exhibitor opportunities available, too!

>>> Thank you to Indiana Farmers Union, scholarships are available! Click here to apply. <<<


8:30 AM Registration & breakfast

9:00 AM Building a farm food safety plan - Sherri Dugger, Indiana Farmers Union

10:15 AM Introduce exhibitors

10:30 AM What health permits do I need to sell my products? - Sharron Pattee, Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program

11:15 AM . Break for exhibitors & networking

11:30 AM The Good Food Purchasing Policy & its opportunities for farmers - Rodger Cooley, Chicago Food Policy Action Council

12:15 PM Lunch & networking

1:30 PM Securing your future through long-range financial planning - Greg Salvatore, AXA Advisors

2:15 PM . Break for exhibitors & networking

2:30 PM Funding opportunities for farm businesses - Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Hamilton County & Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

3:15 PM Thank yous, Q&A, networking and event wrap-up

The NWI Food Council will also share additional upcoming farmer educational opportunities (Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition land access workshop, FSMA training, 2019 Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium) as well as exciting news about grant funds coming to NWI that will directly impact local farms and food businesses. Other experts will be invited to join for the Farm Business Accelerator Day, including legal advisors, insurance agents, farms-to-institution coordinators and SNAP experts who will be available for one-on-one consulting.