Upcoming Conferences and Events

With the academic year upon us and the end of summer not too far off, we’ve been hearing about a bunch of workshops, events and assorted other items of note.  Here are some of the highlights:

Hazel Nut Field Day

Saturday, August 28 , 1 -4:00 pm

Soda Farms, N6455 Soda Road, Princeton, WI

The University of Wisconsin Extension and Kevin Soda and his family are hosting the 2010 Hazelnut Field Day scheduled for Saturday, August 28 from 1-4PM in Princeton, WI. The focus of the field day this year will be hazelnut establishment and manage-ment. Researchers with the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative will dis-cuss the Hazelnut Improvement Program, establishment strategies, and efforts to sup-port hazelnut processing.  The field day is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Contact Jason Fischbach at 715-373-6104 ext 5 or jason.fischbach@ces.uwex.edu to register or with questions. Click here for the 2010 Hazelnut Field Day flyer. Or visit www.midwesthazelnuts.org for more information.

Introduction to Branding and Marketing

Friday, September 10, 9 am-4 pm

First National Bank, 1625 10th Street, Monroe, Wisconsin

In this practical, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to bring a food product to market.  Case studies of successful WI food business will provide insight and guidance as you begin developing your own brand positioning statement.  Regional experts Janet Ady, Jim Gage, and Andrea Neu will lead this workshop and be available to work with participants as you develop these important foundational pieces for the success of your business.  This workshop includes breakfast, lunch and materials.  Registration is $20.  Advance registration required.

Register by calling Green County (SE WI) Development Corporation at (608) 328.9452 or emailing gcdc@tds.net. Registration forms are also available on the GCDC website at www.GreenCountyEDC.com and at www.BusinessFondue.com.

Wisconsin Local Foods Survey – Respond by August 31

Please take a moment to participate in this survey about the status of Wisconsin’s local and regional food system.  This data will provide important information as we continue to build local, value-added markets for WI agriculture. See below for additional background.

In order to make this data valid, it is critical that we receive a good response rate.  Please forward this survey to others that work with WI agriculture or local food. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22B358R9BNJ

Wisconsin Acidified Canned Foods Training

UWEX continues its series of trainings on canning for small food entrepreneurs.   The next one is in Eau Claire on September 29. Others to follow throughout the state.  Click here for more info.