Farm Opportunity Days Come to GSCBy Tara Grieco | January 23rd, 2014 | Category: Lead Story, News | No Comments »
A collaboration between Glenville State College, the West Virginia Business Development Center, the West Virginia University Extension Service, and the West Virginia University Extension Service Small Farm Center is bringing opportunity to the Gilmer County community. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training will be held at on the third floor of the Mollohan Community Center, GSC campus on Friday, January 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the Farm Opportunities Day conference will be held in the same space on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking and shuttle services will be available from the Waco Center located on the GSC Mineral Road campus.
Space is still available. The cost to register for the conference only is now $20 and GHP/GAP training is an additional $25. Attendance is free to all FFA, 4-H members, and other persons under age 18. Checks should be made payable to West Virginia University. The Glenville Inn has rooms available for booking by calling (304)462-5511. For answers and assistance you may contact Larry Porter of GSC at (304) 462-6021, Daisy Bailey with the WVU Gilmer County Extension office at (304)462-7061, or visit the website at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/farm-opportunities.
Farm producers, new farmers and young people are encouraged to attend the one-day training to help highlight commercial farm opportunities for West Virginians to make the most of their farm resources. Farm Opportunities Day pairs industry experts with local farmers to address the region-specific needs of the industry.
Options for the conference include a choice of one of the following four options: livestock production and marketing, crop production and marketing, farm business planning, and market development and maintenance.
According to Larry Porter, the goal of the conference is three-fold. Firstly, attendees will have the opportunity to gain an overall understanding of the market needs and opportunities in West Virginia. Secondly, they will be exposed to new tools and practice to improve farming operations. Finally, participants will be in a unique position to begin the creation of a strong network with other individuals doing the same work they are and to begin building relationships their own future suppliers and customers.