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

Glenn Rodes
Riverhill Farm


Marty Phipps
Old Dominion Hemp

 

Michael Renfroe, Ph.D.
James Madison University


 

Social Media for Your Business

Brian Tinsman
Loudoun Economic Development


 

Protection of Pollinators

Tim McCoy
Virginia Tech Entomology


 

Innovation Awards

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
Powers Farm & Brewery
Shepherd’s Whey Creamery


 

Challenges & Risks with an Event Business

Linda Campbell
Khimaira Farm


 

Cut Flower Business Best Practices

Julie Abrera
Beaumont House Flowers


Iman Hawkins
FireFly Flowers

 

 

Agricultural Land Preservation

Jeremy Criss
Montgomery County Office of Agricultural Services