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By Fred MillerU of A System Division of Agriculture Dec. 2, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Building healthy economies with local and regional food systems
will headline the topics presented at the 36th annual Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture
Industry Show Jan. 13-14 in Fayetteville.
The trade show and conference is produced each year by a partnership between the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University.
Anthony Flaccavento, president of SCALE, Inc., and a national leader on food hub development,
will give the keynote. He is a certified organic produce farmer and has 25 years of
experience in sustainable community development. He founded and directs the Appalachian
Sustainable Development and is the author of Healthy Food Systems: A Took Kit for Building Value Chains.
Flaccavento will also share his perspective on how growers can balance the needs of
growing produce for both wholesale and direct to consumer markets.
Other speakers include Virginia cider apple orchardist Eliza Greenman, who will talk
about heirloom apples for the south and the Ugly Fruit Project, and Lane McConnell
from Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks in Springfield, Mo. McConnell will talk about strategies
farmers can employ to advance their social media marketing skills.
The conference will feature many other sessions addressing key issues in sustainable
agriculture, Master Gardeners and public gardens, farmers’ markets, and vegetable
and fruit production. Those topics will be presented by growers, researchers and other
speakers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Oklahoma
State University, Ozark Botanical Gardens, the National Center for Appropriate Technology
The Horticulture Industry Show will be held at the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville.
Two-day conference preregistration before Dec. 29 is $55 per person and up to two
additional adults from the same business (including spouses) for $40 each. One-day
registration is $42 for Friday or $25 for Saturday.
Children and students with ID can register for free.
Late or onsite registration is $75 for two days, $60 for Friday or $35 for Saturday.
For more information, contact Becky Sellers, Horticulture Industry Show executive
secretary, at 405-696-3079 or by email at email@example.com
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer..
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org