University of Maryland Extension

2017 Conference


2017 Pre-Conference

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Topic A: Yielding Financial Sustainability - 

Financial planning and management is essential for the short and long term success of a farm. This workshop will present loan requirements, financial statements and farm planning in order to have a profitable business. Professionals in the area of banking, loans and farm management will share insights into programs available, applications, credit, recordkeeping and resources to make your farm business succeed. Come to this session and expect an interactive afternoon with discussions, tools and skills to be financially sustainable.

Topic B; Pollinators - If You Build It, They Will Come - 

Small changes have great impacts on your farm to attract and care for local pollinators on your property.   Considerations in the kinds of plants on your farm as well as management practices can improve pollinator habitat, pollination on your farm and community relations. Resources will be provided that will help you identify local pollinators as well as help educate your customers on what they can do to improve their landscapes for pollinators.  Join us for an educational and fun filled session that will end with participants building a bee house or hotel to include in their own garden. 

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Keynote Presenters: 

Opening Keynote Presenter: Kimberly Reed

Kimberly Reed is President of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to communicating science-based information about health, nutrition, and food safety.  Kim has more than twenty years of experience at senior levels in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors.  She serves several boards, including the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research, Alzheimer’s Association, and American Swiss Foundation.  Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM, Kim holds a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a dual undergraduate degree in biology and government and a minor in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College.  

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Luncheon Keynote Presenter: Robin Talley

Robin Talley serves as a District Director with Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Delaware.  In this position, she is responsible for leadership of county office operations and loan programs in Delaware.  She has been with FSA for 33 years.  Robin holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from University of Delaware.  She grew up on a diary farm in northern Delaware.

Closing Keynote Presenter: Maire McCarthy

Maire McCarthy Nuffield Scholar 2015, Director of Board of Bandon Co-op, Head of Auditing Capita Customer Solutions, Farmer – 300 cow dairy herd with my husband Brian, mother to 3 wonderful children Ciara (20), Sarah (17) and Brian jnr (14). Previously Regional Development Officer for the Irish Grassland Association, Personal Financial Planning Manager with AIB Bank, Area Sales representative for AIB Finance & Leasing.

I am a Qualified Financial Adviser, having worked in Financial Services industry for over 20 years until I returned to college in 2014 to complete a Diploma in Food Business and Corporate Governance. Became Head of Auditing in CCS in autumn 2014 and now manage a team of 80 people auditing for the Origin Green, Beef, Lamb & Dairy scheme for Bord Bia. I also manage the Failte Ireland contract which is the National Tourism Development Authority in Ireland, we have a team of 15 assessors and in house customer service team.

Archived Breakout Sessions:

- Creating a Farm Marketing Toolkit: Kim Rush Lynch

- How to Measure ROI for Social Media Marketing: Larisa Cioaca

- Solar Energy Leasing - Kathleen J.P. Tabor, Esquire

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