Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference March 31st

The third annual "Living Your Small Farm Dream" Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on March 31, 2012 at the R.G. Drage Career Center in Massillon, Ohio.

The conference will begin with a keynote address, "Top Ten Trends in Local Foods and How You Can Profit from Them," by Eric Barrett, OSU Extension. That will be followed by 23 breakout sessions, including: Managing the Woodlot for Profit; Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production; Raising and Marketing Meat Goats; How You Can Profit from Social Media Such as Facebook and Twitter; Utilizing High Tunnels to Extend the Growing Season; High Tunnels and Organic Cost-Share Programs; Grape Production and Wine Making; Direct Marketing of Meat in Ohio; Herb and Cut Flower Production; Irrigation Systems for Fruits and Vegetables; Tax Issues for Small Farms; Pasture Raised Poultry; Rules and Regulations for Direct Marketing Food Products; Maple Production; Oil and Gas Legal Issues; Managed Grazing; Resources Available for Small or Beginning Farmers; and Starting an Orchard.

The cost is $50 per person. The registration deadline is March 22. For more information, see or contact OSU Extension educator Mike Hogan at or 330-324-6341.