2018 Forum for Rural Innovation
The purpose of the annual Forum for Rural Innovation is to showcase new and exciting projects and programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability. Nearly 200 farmers and business owners gathered from around the region to discuss best practices with experts on everything from social media marketing to industrial hemp legislation, event business best practices to agricultural land preservation.
The day was filled with exhibits and panels, offering opportunities for networking and education.
Here are the presentations from speakers and panelists:
Industrial Hemp: Crop of the Future
Old Dominion Hemp
Michael Renfroe, Ph.D.
James Madison University
Social Media for Your Business
Loudoun Economic Development
Protection of Pollinators
Virginia Tech Entomology
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
Powers Farm & Brewery
Shepherd’s Whey Creamery
Challenges & Risks with an Event Business
Cut Flower Business Best Practices
Beaumont House Flowers
Agricultural Land Preservation
Montgomery County Office of Agricultural Services