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March 12 Third Crop Producer Meeting on Marketing 3rd Crops

Taking that step from hobby to small business can be scary. If you have been thinking about starting a small business around your 3rd crops or value-added products or need some tips for the small business you already have, the upcoming Third Crop Producer Meeting is for you. Join University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage March 12, for a workshop on "Marketing 3rd Crops." This workshop will be held at the Knights of Columbus (920 East 10th Street) in Fairmont, Minn. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The morning session will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m and the afternoon session will be from 1-3 p.m.

The morning session will begin with a presentation on financial risk management by Dave Bau,

U of M Extension. Bau will discuss the financial information you need to know before deciding to start a small business. The second presenter, also with U of M Extension, will be Bruce Schwartau. Schwartau will be talking about how to utilize different aspects of the Internet to benefit your business operation. The last speaker of the morning session will be Nicki Miranowski, Farm Service Agency, Faribault and Martin Counties, who will be sharing information about the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

To kick off the afternoon session, Kent Janssen, Farm Business Management instructor with Minnesota West College, will be sharing techniques for successful record keeping for your farm or small business. A change of schedule will then bring two new topics to the day. Jill Sackett with U of M Extension will share tips on using Facebook to reach clients and others interested in your products. Jeff Jensen, Rural Advantage, will follow with information on marketing woody decorative florals. To wrap up the day, a local small business owner will share his experiences from the trenches. Gordy Toupal, owner/operator of Center Creek Orchard, will discuss the highs and lows of starting his business only a few short years ago.

The 2012 Third Crop Producer Meetings are free of charge and no pre-registration is needed. Feel free to attend those topics that your schedule allows or stay for the entire day.

For a full agenda, check out the UMN ExtensionÐConservation Agronomy Facebook page or find event details at:Ê

For weather related cancellations, contact the University of Minnesota Extension Farm Information Line at (800) 232-9077.

Contact for this event:

Jill Sackett, UMN Extension / Rural Advantage, (507) 238-5449, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .