2018 Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur Conference

With much discussion, the conference committee has made the hard decision to cancel the SALE conference. We have fixed costs that must be covered and the attendance didn't look like it would cover them. We are looking forward to meeting soon and looking at what we can do to attract more participation. We would love to hear suggestions from you!!!


Gain practical knowledge and explore the possibilities for your small acreage at this informative conference.

The northwest region agriculture specialists will be hosting the Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneur conference.
The conference will be a day-long learning opportunity for people who are excited to learn more about opportunities
with a small acreage and ways they can make income on their land.

Click here for registration and schedule:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration, Networking & Displays begin at 8:30 a.m.

Spratt Hall, Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO

$40 per person if received by March 2

$60 per person after March 2 or at the door

Youth - $25 by March 2, $30 after March 2

Places to Stay:  http://www.stjomo.com/stay-awhile/hotels-motels/


The conference will feature concurrent tracks of sessions. The sessions will be timed so that attendees can move from
track to track as they wish. Attendees are welcome to switch tracks to attend another session.


Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, networking & displays

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.


Tommi Herbster

Owner and Operator of Prairie Flowers & Baskets in Andrew County will address the group about her struggles and successes in starting a greenhouse business.

10:00 - 10:40 a.m.(Session 1)

Bee Keeping

Raymond Heldenbrand, beekeeper

Trees and Timber Sales

Lonnie Messberger, MDC

Financial Resources for Improving your Acreage

FCS Financial, USDA-FSA, USDA–NRCS, Soil & Water, Mo Dept. of Ag

10:50 - 11:30 a.m.

(Session 2)

Growing Mushrooms on  logs

Jason Braunecker, Fellers Farm, LLC

Farmers Market

Martha Clark, MDC


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

(Session 3)


Hannah Hemmelgarn

Drone Usage on Your Farm

Jim Humphrey, MU Extension

Farm Liabilities

Katie Neuner, MU Extension

1:20 - 2:00 p.m.

(Session 4)

Encouraging Pollinators on the Farm

Kathi Mecham, MU Extension

Soil Topic

Wayne Flanary, MU Extension

Making the Proper Equipment Selections for your Acreage

Jim Crawford, MU Extension

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 2:55 p.m.

(Session 5)

Pruning Fruit Trees

Tom Fowler, MU Extension

Invasive Weeds

Andy Luke, MU Extension

Livestock Topic

Amie Schleicher, MU Extension

2:55 - 3:35 p.m.

(Session 6)

Growing Raspberries and Blackberries

Tim Baker, MU Extension

Native Plants

Jim Pierson, MDC

Developing your business plan

Randa Doty, MU Extension

 **Speakers, times and topics subject to change. 
For most current schedule, please view the conference website:  http://extension.missouri.edu/nodaway/saleconference.aspx

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If you need further information, please call 660-582-8101 or email us at nodawayco@missouri,edu