Agenda

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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, Washington State Dept of Agriculture Director
Award Presentation - Republic Services' Snohomish County Stewardship Award
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Ben Hartman, Farmer and Author. "Using the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living on a Farm"
9:15 a.m. Trade Show
9:45 a.m.  
and
11:00 a.m.
Farming Breakout Sessions in the following tracks:
- Aquaponics
- Business of Farming
- Food Safety
- Lean Farming
- New Production Opportunities
- Soils
 
- Cooperative Forest Products Marketing - Small Woodland Owners Working Together
- Marketing Timber From Your Forest
12:15 p.m. Trade Show
12:45 p.m. Lunch (prepared by a local chefs using Northwest products)

Presentation: Chris Mertz, Director of Northwest Field Office, USDA National Agriculture Statistic Services. "2017 Census of Agriculture. Be Counted"

Keynote Speaker: John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Missouri Columbia, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. "The Status and Future of Local Foods"
2:30 p.m. Trade Show
3:00 p.m.
and
4:15 p.m.
Farming Breakout Sessions in the following tracks:
- Aquaponics
- Business of Farming
- Food Safety
- Lean Farming
- New Production Opportunities
- Soils
 
- Ecology and Management of Common and Emerging Forest Diseases in Western Washington
- Silviculture 101: An Intro to Managing Your Forest
5:30 p.m. Conference concludes