The Summit provides a unique networking opportunity for direct agricultural market
practitioners to form new partnerships and learn new business strategies that can
improve the performance of their farms and businesses.
The Summit features resources to assist market managers, direct marketing farmers,
and agribusinesses as well as practitioners or technical assistance providers in understanding
and enhancing direct marketing efforts. Summit attendees represent diverse backgrounds
from public and private sector representing farmers, academics, entrepreneurs, service
providers, mission-focused investors, business operators, community practitioners,
students, consultants, and government employees from state and Federal agencies.
The Summit focus on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities Across the Food Value Chain” focusing
on direct to consumer markets, local food systems and value added technical assistance.
Experts and resources from the public and private sector will be highlighted throughout
the 3-day event. This year’s conveners include:
- USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
- Farm Credit
- MarketMaker and the Global Food Agricultural Network
- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
- Illinois Farm Bureau
- Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University
- Farmers Market Coalition
2019 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit