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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.​ 

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MarketReady


Free Virtual Workshop

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Dates, Times and Locations

Choose 1 of 3 core content overview sessions. (These sessions will all be the same content just offered on different dates and times.)

December 14, 2020
11am-1pm Central/12pm-2pm Eastern
This session is full.

January 11, 2021
6:30pm – 8:30pm Central/7:30pm – 9:30pm Eastern
This session is full.

January 15, 2021
11am-1pm Central/12pm-2pm Eastern
This session is full.

Those completing the core content overview sessions may then participate in a 5 part series of in-depth sessions that will focus on key business functions.

Tentative schedule/topics for in-depth sessions at 11am-12:30pm Central/12pm-1:30pm Eastern time:

January 27 – Packaging and Labeling
February 3 – Insurance, Business-to-business communication
February 10 – Quality Assurance
February 17 – Logistics
February 24 – Marketing


Topics

​The MarketReady workshops will help farmers learn what it takes to market their products directly to restaurants, grocery stores and other wholesale market channels. Topics include: communication and relationship building, packaging and labeling, pricing, marketing, supply, delivery, storage, invoicing, insurance, quality assurance and proper temperature control, certifications and audits and working cooperatively. MarketReady was developed by a team led by Dr. Tim Woods at the University of Kentucky.


TAEP Eligibility

This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirement in the Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable and Value-Added Producer Diversification Sectors. The same registered producer (using the same name) must meet ALL of the following criteria: attend 1 of the 3 core content overview sessions and attend 4 of the 5 in-depth sessions in order to receive the credit for TAEP as no substitutions will be allowed. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Erica Alexander at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5324.


Leaders

Jared Bruhin (CPA)
Tim Woods (University of Kentucky)
Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)

These workshops are made possible, in part, through a Southern Risk Management Education Grant supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28585. Additional support provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. 

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​Exploring Agritourism for Your Farm


Free Virtual Workshop

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Dates, Times and Locations

Choose one of two workshops. Each workshop consists of four, two-hour sessions. The number of participants will be limited to allow instructors to better address participant needs and questions Register now to reserve your space. You will receive an email with a single URL to join all four sessions. Materials for the workshop will be provided via mail.

Spring 2021 Workshop
April 26 and May 3, 10, and 17, 2021
6:30pm – 8:30pm Central/7:30pm-9:30pm Eastern

August 2021 Workshop
August 3, 10, 17 and 27, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm Central/12:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern


​Topics

Farmers interested in adding value to their farm resources through agritourism are invited to join UT Extension and Tennessee Department of Agriculture specialists for a free online workshop. If you are interested in inviting the public to the farm to purchase farm products, participate in educational activities, enjoy farm fun or other agritourism opportunities, this workshop is for you. This workshop will help farmers understand what it takes to evaluate, develop and market an agritourism operation. Topics discussed will include an introduction to agritourism and industry trends, creating the customer experience, business planning, regulatory considerations, liability and insurance, and more.


TAEP Eligibility

This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirement in the Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable and Value-Added Producer Diversification Sectors. The same registered producer (using the same name) must attend all four sessions in order to receive the credit for TAEP as no substitutions will be allowed. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Erica Alexander at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5324.


Leaders

Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)
Amy Ladd (Lucky Ladd Farms)
Kacey Troup (TDA)

These workshops are made possible, in part, through a Southern Risk Management Education Grant supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28585. Additional support provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. 

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Starting a Food Manufacturing Business in Tennessee


Free Virtual Workshop

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Dates, Times and Locations

Choose one of two workshops. Each workshop consists of four, two-hour sessions. The number of participants will be limited to allow instructors to better address participant needs and questions. A notebook of materials will be mailed to participants. Register now to reserve your space and receive a notebook prior to the first session in your workshop. You will receive an email with a single URL to join all four sessions.

May/June Workshop
May 18 and 25 and June 1 and 8, 2021
6:30pm – 8:30pm Central/7:30pm-9:30pm Eastern

August Workshop
April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm Central/12:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern


Topics

Farmers interested in adding value to their farm products by food processing are invited to join UT Extension and Tennessee Department of Agriculture specialists for a free online workshop. If you are interested in making jams, fruit butters, baked goods, pickles, salsas, chow chows, sauces, or other processed food items, this workshop is for you. This workshop will help farmers understand what it takes to evaluate, develop and market a food manufacturing business in Tennessee. Topics discussed will include business planning, food manufacturing regulations, food safety, marketing, financing, risk management, and business and sales tax. (This program does not cover food service regulations for catering, food trucks or restaurants.)


TAEP Eligibility

This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirement in the Agritourism, Fruit and Vegetable and Value-Added Producer Diversification Sectors. The same registered producer (using the same name) must attend all four sessions in order to receive the credit for TAEP as no substitutions will be allowed. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Erica Alexander at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5324.


Leaders

Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)
Nathan Miller (UT Extension Food Science)
Mike Brown (TDA)

These workshops are made possible, in part, through a Southern Risk Management Education Grant supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28585. Additional support provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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2021 Mid-South Agricultural Trade Conference


Free Virtual Conference


The conference will inform farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural leaders in Tennessee and the Mid-South about the role and significance of international trade on local agricultural productions, markets and economies and will increase awareness of agricultural exporting tools and resources.


Dates, Times and Locations

March 5, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME

or call 731-881-7275

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Topics & Speakers

The conference will feature experts on trade, policymakers from Washington, DC and a panel of state and national commodity leaders who will answer questions about agricultural trade. Speaker line up to be announced February 2021. Topics on the program will include:

  • Why trade matters to U.S. and Tennessee farm income
  • Implications of COVID-19 for Tennessee and U.S. Global Trade
  • Importance of trade agreements and the trade war
  • Importance of agricultural, food and forestry trade to Tennessee
  • Do you want to export? What can you do? How can TDA and USDA help?

Read about the speakers


Leaders

Rob Holland (CPA)
Andrew Muhammad (UTIA)
Whitney Flatt (TDA)
Joey Mehlhorn (UTM)
Tony Delmond (UTM)

Developing Value-Added Agriculture Businesses


Free Virtual Workshop

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.


DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

There will be one all-day virtual workshop. Register now to reserve your space. You will receive an email with a URL to join the workshop.

January 25, 2021
9:00 am – 3:30 pm Central / 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Eastern

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Topics

Farmers interested in submitting an application for the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program are invited to join UT Extension, AgLaunch, Tennessee Department of Agriculture specialists and others for a free online workshop. If you are interested in making a value-added product and want to apply for funding that could help toward planning or working capital, this workshop is for you. This workshop will help farmers understand what resources and technical assistance are available and what it takes to develop a strong VAPG application. Topics discussed will include an overview of the VAPG program, business planning resources and technical assistance available to value-added producers, lessons learned from a VAPG recipient, tips from a grant writer/business planner and steps to submit a strong package.


Leaders

Hal Pepper (CPA)
David Hughes (UT Extension)
Pete Nelson (AgLaunch)
Will Freeman (TDA)
Chuck Morris (USDA)

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Agriculture Direct Marketing Summit


DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

This free event consists of three evenings of webinars.

February 16, 17, and 18, 2021
7PM EST/ 6PM CST

Register to receive the link to join the session.


Topics

This 3-evening event is for ANY agriculture producer selling directly to consumers. Sessions will cover social media strategies, maximizing your marketing resources, creating value added products, and customer retention. The last evening is a producer panel featuring several farms discussing their personal marketing experiences and strategies. Learn more on Kentucky Horticulture Council’s site.


Leaders

Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)
Kentucky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD)
Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Kentucky Farm Bureau
University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification
Kentucky Horticulture Council
University of Kentucky Department of Ag Economics