Educational Events

Cancellation Policy:

The entire registration fee will be charged for educational program cancellations made after the registration deadline.  The entire registration fee will also be charged for any registration participant who does not attend the event. Educational programs include events such as trainings, seminars, workshops, tours, webinars and conferences.​ 

Dair-ing To Learn Value-Added Webinar Series

Description

Educational sessions to help direct farm marketers and value-added agriculture entrepreneurs analyze, develop, and grow their enterprises. While the program especially targets value-added dairy producers, all are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Date, Time, and Location

All sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT / 12:30 PM EDT:

January 9, 2024 – “Optimizing Your Website for More Traffic” – Travis Key, TK Digital Marketing

February 13, 2024 – “Influencer Matchmaking” – Alaina Boyd, Center for Profitable Agriculture

March 12, 2024 – “Using Short Form Video to Grow Your Business” – Travis Key, TK Digital Marketing

April 9, 2024 – “The Basics of Branding” – Michelle Childs, University of Tennessee Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management

May 14, 2024 – “Using a Website to Grow Your Market” – Camille Dant-Stevens, University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics Extension

June 11, 2024 – “Discovering Your Waypoints: A Guide Map to Creating Your Business Plan” – Eryn Bell, UT Center of Farm Management

July 9, 2024 – “Brand Marketing 101” – Maureen Ballatori, Agency 29

August 13, 2024 – “Business Suite Basics” – Alaina Boyd, Center for Profitable Agriculture

September 10, 2024 – “NAFMDA Lessons Learned” – 2024 NAFDMA Professional Development Scholarship Recipients

October 8, 2024 – Topic TBA – Travis Key, TK Digital Marketing

November 12, 2024 – “Using Meta Ads to Drive Sales & Acquire New Customers” – Travis Key, TK Digital Marketing

December 10, 2024 – “Canva ‘Can-Do’: Using Only Canva and a “Can-Do” Attitude for Basic Graphic Design Projects” – Alaina Boyd, Center for Profitable Agriculture

Registration

Registration is free, but pre-registration is required.

Please register here at tiny.utk.edu/dairing.

Past Recordings

View the YouTube playlist of past Dair-ing to Learn sessions here.

Questions?

Contact Alaina Boyd at 931-486-2777 ext 126 or acboyd@utk.edu.

TAEP Eligibility

Producers participating in at least five sessions per calendar year will fulfill one Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Producer Diversification educational requirement for the following Producer Diversification sectors: Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetables, and Value-Added. Questions about TAEP should be directed to the TAEP Producer Diversification Coordinator at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at producer.diversification@tn.gov.  To receive credit participants must either attend the live sessions or view recordings AND submit the evaluation/attendance for for all sessions attended/viewed by April 30, 2024.  

Support for the program has been made available in part through USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Grant AM200100XXXXG002. Additional information about the Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative can be found at https://tiny.utk.edu/sdbii.

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Starting a Value-Added Dairy Foods Business: Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina

Description

Learn the basics for starting a value-added dairy foods business with state-specific modules covering regulations for TN, KY, and NC in this online course offered via Penn State University.

This online course covers principles of processing, marketing, pricing, and regulations for dairy foods, such as yogurt and cheese. Participants will also learn to use budget tools to make profitable decisions.

The Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative is offering free course access on a first-come, first-served basis to dairy producers in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The course will be made free to eligible producers, but you must contact Alaina Boyd at acboyd@utk.edu in order to receive an access code. A single code is only valid for a single course registration, and does not provide credit to more than one producer.

Free course access for TN, KY, and NC producers was made possible, in part, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Additional information about the Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative can be found at https://tiny.utk.edu/sdbii

Date, Time and Location

This online course is delivered virtually via Penn State University. It is a self-paced course featuring nine content modules.

Questions?

Contact Alaina Boyd at acboyd@utk.edu for more information.

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SDBII Northeast Experiential Learning Course

Description

Dairy farmers, value-added dairy producer-processors, and industry partners from Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, and surrounding southeastern states are invited to join UT Extension this fall as part of a Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (SDBII) experiential learning course. 

The Northeast Experiential Learning Course will take place September 2nd – 7th, 2024. Course participants will begin in the Albany, NY area and travel to Vermont for four days of educational programming including visits to cheese processing facilities, creameries, and other value-added dairy enterprises. 

The course itinerary includes stops at various farms where participants will learn directly from farm owners and staff about a variety of topics such as on-farm marketing, product packaging, and agritourism. These sessions are intended to help value-added entrepreneurs analyze, develop, and grow their farm enterprises. While the program especially targets value-added dairy producers, interested technical assistance providers and industry partners are encouraged to apply.

Funding for this program is made possible, in part, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Additional information about the Southeast Dairy Business Initiative can be found at https://tiny.utk.edu/sdbii

Date, Time, and Location

The Northeast Experiential Learning Course will take place on September 2 – 7, 2024. Dates of travel include September 2 (flying in) and September 7 (flying home). Learning course activities will take place during September 3 – 6.

Tour stops will be spread out between Albany, NY, and the Burlington, VT area. Transportation around NY and VT will be included as part of the learning course. Tour logistics and a detailed agenda will be shared with participants after they have been notified of acceptance into the course.

Registration

Pre-registration is required to participate in the Northeast Experiential Learning Course, and spaces are limited. While there is no cost associated with submitting an application, submission does not guarantee admission to the program. A completed application form is required for each individual who wishes to participate in the program.

The deadline to apply for a seat in this learning course is August 5th, 2024 at 6 PM ET.

Please complete an application form online at https://tiny.utk.edu/NortheastDBIApp

TAEP and Other Educational Credit

Producers participating in the tour who successfully complete a tour evaluation will fulfill one of two Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) Producer Diversification educational requirements for the following Producer Diversification sectors: Agritourism and Value-Added. Questions about TAEP should be directed to the TAEP Producer Diversification Coordinator at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at producer.diversification@tn.gov

Producers participating in this educational tour are also eligible for Tennessee Master Dairy Producer credit for the year.  

Questions?

Contact Shep Stearns at sstearn1@utk.edu for more information.

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Fall in Late July

Description

All UT-TSU Extension agents and specialists interested in learning more about mum and Christmas tree production are encouraged to register now for the upcoming Fall in Late July event.

The program will include educational presentations on mum and Christmas tree production in Tennessee, as well as afternoon farm visits. Lunch will be provided.

Travel expenses for Extension agents will be covered by the Tennessee SARE program.

Date, Time, and Location

This event will be held on July 30th beginning at 9:30 AM Central Time in Wilson County, TN. Additional information will be shared with agents after they register for the program.

Registration

Note: this event is geared towards UT-TSU Extension agents and specialists.

Please complete an application form online at https://tiny.utk.edu/FallLateJuly.

Questions?

Contact Troy Dugger at pdugger2@utk.edu for more information.

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