The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Arkansas Grown program is partnering with Arkansas agriculture associations and organizations to host the first Arkansas Grown Conference & Exxpo. The Arkansas Grown Conference & Expo is open to all parties interested in the Arkansas agriculture industry, the state’s largest industry, and focuses on the farmers and producers who grow for our local food system.
The Arkansas Grown Conference & Expo will incorporate annual meetings for several associations into the educational schedule, making it possible for farmers and producers to attend a number of meetings at one time, eliminating the need for multiple trips.
In 2022, the Arkansas Horticulture Society voted to leave their 24-year relationship with Oklahoma horticultural groups and join the Arkansas Grown Conference & Expo for their annual meeting and expo. To date, four associations have committed to hosting their annual meetings during the collaborative event.
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The overall topics of the Arkansas Grown Conference & Expo are as follows:
Networking opportunities for farmers and producers to reconnect with their community and with support organizations
General sessions and workshops on managing the business side of farming such as legal issues, marketing, insurance needs, expense management, grant-writing, etc.
General sessions and workshops on how to sell to the various buying communities available such as wholesalers, institutions, direct-to-consumer, and charitable food organizations