Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability

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Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability

Collaborations for Agricultural Profitability
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Rome Ballroom, University of Connecticut, Storrs

8:30 AM Coffee and Registration
9 AM Welcome - Dean Gregory Weidemann University of Connecticut College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
9:05 AM Update from the Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky
9:10 AM Why Farmers Cooperate, Lynda Brushett, Cooperative Development Institute
10 AM Break
10:15 AM Panel Discussion on creating viable collaborations
A. Gary Gemme - Harvest Farm & Pioneer Valley Grower’s Association
B. Lynda Brushett, Cooperative Development Institute
C. Tim Hingham, Interstate Logistics Group
D. Forrest E. Stegelin, University of Georgia
Noon Lunch
1 PM Interactive Breakout Sessions and industry alliances - what works, what needs more discussion, what’s new
A. Steps to starting and designing a member-owned business - Gary Gemme
B. Reducing input costs through collaborative buying - Tim Hingham
C. Growing your collaborative business - Bob Wellington
D. Opportunities and challenges in group marketing - Forrest Stegelin
2 PM Bob Wellington, Agri-Mark - How Agri-Mark has made a difference in the 100 years of dairy cooperatives and what contributes to success
2:30 PM Wrap-up – Henry Talmage, Executive Director, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
3 PM Adjourn

The UConn Extension Scaling Up Program for New and Beginning Farmers will provide scholarships to attend this conference to any farmer in their first 10 years of commercial operation. Please check the Beginning Farmer box on your registration.
UConn Extension’s Scaling Up project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-00718. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www., a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
If you have questions please call 860-486-9228 or email
Registration Form
City_________________________________ State_______ Zip_______________
Π  Beginning Farmer
Payment: Please make checks for
$35 per person payable to UConn
by March 14th and return to:
UConn Extension
Stacey Stearns
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4134
Storrs, CT, 06269-4134
Walk-in fee: $45

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