Registration is now open for Purdue Extension’s 2016 Indiana Small Farm Conference, March 4-5 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.

The conference is designed for anyone interested in or currently operating a small or medium-sized farm.

“Nearly half of Indiana farms are less than 50 acres, and we have seen an increasing number of small and medium-sized farms established in the past several years,” said James Wolff, Extension educator in Allen County and conference organizer. “The conference is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge about vital production and marketing topics, as well as to build relationships with other farmers, vendors and experts.”

Conference sessions are organized by themes. On March 4, presenters will focus on restoration agriculture, vegetable production, flower farming and farm financing. On March 5, topics will be livestock production, on-farm energy and equipment, fresh produce and farm management.

The Purdue Extension Small Farms Team is offering a series of daylong preconference workshops March 3. Topics are direct marketing, woodland management, starting and sustaining a small farm in Indiana and hops production. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour This Old Farm, a sustainable beef and pork production facility in Colfax, about 20 miles southeast of Lafayette.

Cost is $60 to attend a preconference workshop and $120 for the conference itself. Those who register before Feb. 14 pay $50 for a workshop and $100 for the conference.

The Hendricks County Fairgrounds are at 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

Registration is available through Purdue’s The Education Store at https://edustore.purdue.edu/wk_begin.asp.

For more information, go to https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/smallfarms/Pages/default.aspx.

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