2019 National Conference for Outreach & Agriculture Development

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Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program in partnership with Minority Outreach Network and USDA will host the first National Conference for Outreach and Agriculture Development on September 10-11, 2019 at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA.

Outreach Professionals who lead or conduct activities to support farmers and agricultural production through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grass roots organizations (GROs), schools, universities and state and federal organizations are encouraged to attend.

During this two-day conference, participants will learn ways to grow and strengthen their programs in expert educational sessions and panel discussions on the most important emerging issues for agriculture-related outreach, including:

  • Identifying Financial Resources & Strategies to Help You Create and Sustain Farmers

  • USDA Programs and Resources for Farmers, including a special keynote presentation from Matt Lohr, Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Estate Planning, Land Transition and Heir Property

  • Creating a Local Food Hub

  • Developing a Community Outreach Program

  • Engaging Tribal & Native American Communities

  • Empowering Underserved, Minority and Military Veteran Farmers

  • Building Food Systems with Faith-based Organizations

  • Finding Solutions to Reduce Farmer Stress and Prevent Suicide

  • Agritourism

  • and more!

$300 per person AS OF August 20, 2019.

Registration includes all general and concurrent sessions, breaks and meals planned for the conference. See the conference agenda below for details (subject to change.) For overnight accommodations, see Travel & Lodging for information and available rates.

Use the link below to register up to five (5) guests. For groups larger than five, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.


For more information, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office (smallfarm@vsu.edu) or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.