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Focus on Farming Conference scheduled for Nov. 15


October 3, 2012

Focus on Farming Conference scheduled for Nov. 15

Registration now open; space for exhibit hall also available

For the ninth consecutive year, Snohomish County will host its nationally recognized Focus on Farming Conference with more than 500 participants expected.

The conference, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, will again be held at the Comcast Arena in Everett, including a 17,000-square-foot trade show, offering farmers a look at the latest equipment models, samples and demonstrations.

With the theme "Feeding Our Future," the one-day conference takes into consideration all types of farming, whether organic or conventional, livestock or row crops, large or small.

"Providing a forum for farmers to exchange ideas, learn new methods and find better ways to do business is a must to keeping agriculture alive, not just in Snohomish County but across the nation," said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, who hosted the first conference at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe with a host of local farmers.

"Quality education to sustain current farmers and attract new farmers to our region is a critical component in securing the next generation's local food supply," he said. "What started out locally has grown to become an opportunity for every farmer who wants to participate."

With an added track this year, participants have a chance to focus on one of seven areas - specialty crops, livestock, nursery/greenhouse, business of farming/marketing, local grains; new/beginning farmers; small equipment - or pick from among all the sessions.

Keynote speakers will be interspersed throughout the day and include Colin Archipley of Archi's Acres, which offers combat veterans meaningful training and employment in crop production; chef Ann Cooper, a celebrated author, chef, educator and enduring advocate for better food for children in local schools; and Joe Rogoff, Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional president.

Focus on Farming wouldn't be what it is today without its gourmet lunch prepared by local chefs with local products. This year will be no different. The evening again ends with a wine-and-cheese tasting offering local fares.

Sponsorships are available as is space to exhibit in the trade show. For more information or to register for the conference, go to<>. For questions, contact Linda Neunzig, at 425-388-7170 or<>.


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