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Direct Farm Marketing Conference

The Direct Farm Marketing Conference is Celebrating its

20th Anniversary March 6 & 7, 2015 in Brandon, Manitoba


This conference is a valuable opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in the direct farm marketing sector.

Consumers are looking for exceptional quality, safety and service from the food industry and they're increasingly interested in knowing the story behind the products they buy. If you're interested in starting or expanding a direct marketing business, this conference can provide new marketing ideas and information on emerging trends in farm business diversification including agrifood, agritourism and farmers' markets.

Producers, processors and direct farm marketers will enjoy this conference.  Discover the latest in production techniques.  Hear about opportunities in direct farm marketing.  Learn about safe food for your clients.  There's something for everyone that is sure to please.

 Join us to discover new marketing concepts, market trends and great ideas to take home for your farmers' market, agrifood or agritourism venture.

 The conference is currently seeking out vendors for the trade show.  If you grow it, make it, bake it and sell it, use a tradshow table to raise awareness, receive feedback and get your name out there.  Tradeshow table space is available to registrants of the conference at a cost of $15 per table.  Pre-registration is limited as spaces are limited.  For more information, contact Joy Lorette at 204-392-7268.



Friday, March 6, 2015
8:30       Registration (Coffee / muffins)
9:00       Welcome
9:15       Keynote Speaker - Charlie Touchette
10:30     Break / Tradeshow
10:45     Food Safety from the Farm Gate
Noon      Lunch / Tradeshow
1:00       Select-A-Session
                A    Label / Packaging Smarts
                B    Open Farm Day Panel
                C    Innovation Research for Growers Made Easy
2:15       Break / Tradeshow
2:45       Select-A-Session
                A    Grass Fed Marketing
                B    Extending Your Growing Season
                C    Is the Price Right?
5:00       Tradeshow / Cash Bar
6:00       Banquet
7:00       Pitch your Trade
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00       Registration / Coffee

9:30       Select-A-Session

               A     Grass Fed Beef Production
               B     Grower Profile - Dwarf Sour Cherries
               C     Farmers’ Market – Are They for Me?
10:30     Break / Tradeshow
10:45     Select-A-Session
                A    Let’s Get Growing
                B    Enterprise Stacking for Sustainability
                C    Being Ready, Critical Relationship Building
Noon      Lunch / Tradeshow
1:00       Select-A-Session
                A    The Three R’s of Managing Your Workforce
                B    Innovation Fruit Production Ideas
                C    Going Beyond Offering Products for Sale
2:15       Closing – Danny Kleinsasser
3:00       Wrap Up
3:30       FMAM Annual General Meeting
Registration (includes Conference & Three Meals)
Full conference (including February 6) $125
Additional family member or employee $105
Full conference (after February 6) $150
Additional family member or employee $130

One day - Friday


   One day -Saturday

$  75
Student Rate (with Student Proof)
Friday                $  75
Saturday           $  50
Tradeshow table (with conference registration) $  15

"The conference is a great place to see what's happening and what can happen. It's a way to take your perspective wider and look at all kinds of options."  

                                    Dora Friesen, Integrity Foods, Riverton MB


"Find your passion. Is it apples and apple juice? Then why not sell it direct, and be proud that your produce is made in Manitoba. You got a dream, go after it."

Danny Kleinsasser, Danny's Whole Hog, Stony Mountain MB 

For more information

To register online for the Direct Farm Marketing Conference
This conference is supported by:


The 2015 conference has been funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.



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