2019 Alcona Regional Farm Conference

Growing for Profit in NE Michigan

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. January 19, 2019
Lost Lake Woods Club

The conference offers informative and entertaining speakers, time to talk with other participants, and lunch and dinner. Vendors were on site as well on Saturday.


Friday, January 18, 2019
6:30 pm            “The First Course: Wine & Cheese Pairing: Michigan Style”
Some of life’s greatest culinary delights – like cheese and wine pairing – can be daunting. This delicious session broke down the art of wine and cheese pairing, while focusing on what Michigan has to offer. Participants sampled artisan cheeses paired with Michigan wines, beer and cider, discussing why certain wines work well with certain cheeses and reveal general pairing guidelines so that you can create your own! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019
7:30 am            Registration opens
7:30–9 am        Breakfast of local foods
9-9:15 am        Welcome
9:15–10 am      Keynote
- Doug Paulus, Director, Northern Market, Grayling
10 am               Trade show opens 
10:15–11 am   Breakout session (choose one)
​​​​                                Microbrewing – Drew Rice, Bell’s Brewery, and Eric Protiva, Alcona Brew Haus, Harrisville    
                               Hoop Houses – Lorrie White and Phil Irwin, Nifty Hoops, Ann Arbor 
11:15–noon      Breakout session (choose one)        
                               Follow That Water! – Adam Beckta, Wandering Winds Farm, Spruce
                               Piggies on Facebook – Corey Standen, Standen Acres, Lachine
12–12:45 pm    Lunch of local foods 
1–1:45              Keynote
– Tricia Phelps, CEO, Taste the Local Difference, Traverse City
2–2:45              Follow the Money – Panel Discussion        
                               Moderator – David Klingenberger, owner, The Brinery, Ann Arbor
                               Karen Ansell – financial services officer, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Alpena
                               Madeline Beckta – co-owner, Wandering Winds Farm, Spruce
                               Bryana Beyer – co-owner, Beyer Farms, Alpena
                               Waneta Cook – co-owner, Cook Family Farm, Gaylord
                               Jackie Nicoll – farm loan officer, Farm Service Agency, Alpena 
3–3:45 pm        Breakout session (choose one)
                               Marketing your Farm – Brian Bates, Bear Creek Organic Farm, Petoskey
                               Grow Your Farm AND Your Family – Wendy Wieland, MSU Ext., Harbor Springs
4–5 pm             Closing session – Wrap up and door prizes!

Sign up for the Saturday conference, the Friday reception or both with the drop-down menu below.

Or mail a check written to Inspiration Alcona for the appropriate amount ($40 per person for the Saturday conference, $25 per person for the Friday reception, $55 per person for both), together with your name(s), address, phone and email, to Inspiration Alcona, P.O. Box 506, Lincoln, MI 49742.

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