Agenda

Time Conference Activity
7:00 a.m.    Registration / Check-in / Breakfast from the Biscuit Box
8:00 a.m. MC: Linda Neunzig, Snohomish County Agriculture Coordinator/Conference Chair
Opening Remarks: Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive
Welcome
Derek Sandison, WSDA Director

8:15 a.m.

                    

Keynote Speaker: Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets: Steve Butcher is the creator of the Not-Just-For-Profit business philosophy. In his own words, "Brown Paper Tickets is one of the only companies that acts the way I wish we all had the guts to act. Not 'More is better,' but 'Enough is best.'" His ideology offers a disruptive model that drills to the core of what's broken in American business and how to fix it. As the CEO of the internationally successful company Brown Paper Tickets, his simple yet seemingly progressive ideas push for the genuine respect of communities, employees, customers and vendors, and have been covered by Fortune, Forbes and the New York Times, among others.
9:00 a.m. Trade Show
9:45 a.m.
and
11:00 a.m.
Farming Breakout Sessions in the following tracks:
- Business of Farming
- Food Safety Modernization Act - Are You Ready?
- Hot Topics
- Livestock Production
- New Production Opportunities
- Sustainable Lands Strategy
 
- While Waiting for Your Trees to Grow - Intro to Silviculture
- Specialty Forest Products
12:15 p.m. Trade Show
12:45 p.m. Lunch (prepared by a local chef using Northwest products)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech: David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. His workshop, “Straight Talk, Straight Actions” says it all in the title of this high energy, no-holds-barred approach session. “Straight Talk, Straight Actions” will provide insight and answers to the most common questions asked by producers, owners, and managers. This energetic session will provide information and perspectives which will be invaluable not only to your business but also your personal life.
2:30 p.m. Trade Show
3:00 p.m.
and
4:15 p.m.
Farming Breakout Sessions in the following tracks:
- Business of Farming
- Export Opportunities
- Food Safety Modernization Act - Are You Ready?
- Hot Topics
- Livestock Production
- New Production Opportunities
 
- Sustainable Systems and Landowners
- Forestry Transfer of Development Rights
5:30 p.m. Conference concludes