Rayne LA September 7, 2011

7:30 to 8:45 Breakfast, introductions, networking with interactive dot surveys

8:45 to 9:00 BREAK

9:00 to 9:15 Welcome - Commissioner Strain, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

9:15 to 10:15 “Ensuring Sustainability in the System: A National Overview of Risks & Opportunities in the Farmers Market Sector” Stacy Miller, Executive Director, Farmers Market Coalition

10:15 to 10:30 BREAK with Dot Surveys

10:30 to 11:45 Market Integrity and the Producer Connection (Multiple Presenters)

“Food Safety Protocols” Emery Van Hook, Crescent City Farmers Market
“Farmer Relations and Recruitment” Renee Schmitt, LSU AgCenter
“What it Takes to Get to Market” Brian Gotreaux, Gotreaux Family Farms
“MarketMaker and MarketReady” Kathryn Fontenot, LSU AgCenter

11:45 to 12:00 BREAK with Dot Surveys

12:00 to 1:00 Networking Lunch with Learning Clusters

1:00 to 2:15 Panel: Relationships as a Risk Management Strategy Facilitator: Stacy Miller
“Forging Community Partnerships” Jean Hamilton, NOFA-Vermont
“Expanding Markets Reach” Darlene Wolnik

2:15 to 3:00 “Lessons Learned from an Eight Year Old Market” Ann Montgomery, German Coast Farmers Market
3:00 to 3:15 BREAK with Dot Surveys

3:15 to 4:00 Facilitated discussion: Select one group:
"Telling the Affordability Story" with Jean Hamilton, NOFA –VT, who will lead the discussion with a presentation of the recent price comparison studies.
“SNAP, FMNP, EBT, oh my!: Making Nutrition Programs Work in Your Market” with Emery Van Hook, Crescent City Farmers Market and Sheila White, Louisiana WIC State Agency
“Market Events — “Getting the Local Foods Message to the Public” facilitated by Copper Alvarez and Darlene Rowland, Red Stick Farmers Market

4:00 to 4:45 Conference Review, Strategizing for the future, Next Steps

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