Purdue Agriculture And Extension Events
Weeks: 4/21 – 5/12/2014
APRIL 24: FARMERS MARKET 'BOOT CAMP'
Purdue Extension has been co-sponsoring a series of informational sessions about farmers markets, covering new health department regulations, increasing customer loyalty through creative marketing, and funding opportunities for vendors. The final session will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, in assembly halls A and B on from 9-11 a.m. on April 24. Among the presenters are Purdue Extension specialist Jennifer Dennis, who has been a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Market Promotion Program, and experts from the Indiana State Department of Health. A representative from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will talk about the Specialty Crop Block Grant and other funding resources during the last session. The series will be especially helpful to organizers of farmers markets and vendors, but it is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend the sessions, and refreshments will be provided in the morning. For more information, contact Jen Deiser at 765-494-1296, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT: Jen Deiser, 765-494-1296, email@example.com
APRIL 24: INDIANA FORAGE COUNCIL SEMINAR
Forage and livestock producers who want to learn about the role forage quality plays in meat quality can attend the Indiana Forage Council seminar. This year's seminar, Quality Forage-Quality Meat, will be held in conjunction with the Indiana Forage Council annual meeting April 24 at The Beef House Restaurant, 16501 Indiana 63, Covington. The annual meeting starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6 p.m. and the seminar at 7 p.m. Attendance at the annual meeting is not required for participation the rest of the evening. Seminar speakers are Scott Royer of Royer Farm Fresh Beef, Lamb and Pork, and Garret Miller of Hoosier Grassfed Beef. They will speak about how their businesses have succeeded in the production of meat for local and specialized markets. Meeting and seminar participants should have registered by April 18 by contacting Lisa Green, firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-4783. More information is available in the event flier, available online at https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Documents/Annual%20Meeting%20Flyer%202014.pdf.
CONTACT: Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800, email@example.com
MAY 13-15: CONFERENCE FOR DISASTER VOLUNTEERS
Hundreds of leaders in disaster preparedness and response will convene May 13-15 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, 10 S. West St., for the 22nd annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Anyone interested in disaster preparedness, response or recovery can attend. Abby Hostetler, a Purdue Extension Disaster Education Network communications specialist and host committee co-chair said the annual event provides educational opportunities and a chance for VOAD members to communicate so they can coordinate and collaborate when disasters strike. Organizations to be represented at the conference have brought in millions of dollars of resources to Indiana during disasters since the widespread, devastating floods of 2008, said Steven Cain, EDEN homeland security project director and also host committee co-chair. Conference registration is available at http://nvoad.org/events/. Early registration with discounted fee ended April 11. There is a higher registration fee after that date.
CONTACT: Abby Hostetler, 765-494-4390, firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, email@example.com