Grow Maryland Summit set for Stevensville
The Grow Maryland Summit: The Future of Value-Added Agriculture will be the first of its kind event, devoted to the state’s value-added agriculture industry. The conference, hosted by Grow Maryland and the Rural Maryland Council, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, 500 Marina Club Road in Stevensville, and includes numerous speakers and panel discussions.
Craig Beyrouty, dean of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will welcome attendees. The morning session will include a panel of experts who will provide an overview of the value-added landscape, including updates on some of the latest industry studies. In the afternoon, breakout sessions will include tracks on innovation, law and liability, trends and tourism, as well as starting small and scaling up.
There will be a unique oneon-one curbside consultation where potential, and current, value-added producers can meet with financiers, licensing agents and other technical consultants, about 15 in total.
Organizers hope to attract a diverse audience of farmers, small food businesses, state and county agency representatives, elected officials and representatives from the aquaculture industry. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes full access to the conference, lunch and reception. Register online at www.growmaryland.org/grow-maryland-summitdec-1-2016/.
The inaugural event comes on the heels of the “Value-Added Agriculture: A Regional Focus” report, conducted by Grow & Fortify, LLC. The Baltimore-based management firm develops and supports organizations that specialize in value-added agriculture, agri-tourism, craft beverages and other related industries. In 2015, Grow & Fortify launched its non-profit arm, Grow Maryland, after convening a series of listening sessions throughout the state, helping to determine the needs of the industry.
For more information on the summit, go to www.growmaryland.org/grow-maryland-summit-dec-1-2016/, or call 410-2529463.