By Brandy Brabham
WVU Extension Agent

New and experienced farmers can learn to profit from the multi-million dollar food business in central WV by making the most of their existing resources and discovering new ways to expand their enterprises at a day-long intensive training on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Glenville, W.Va.

The Farm Opportunities Day training helps farmers to maximize their business potential for small farms through training from state and local experts. The training takes place from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Mollohan Community Center on the Glenville State College campus.

Participants can choose from 12 classes that include topics such as value-added animal production and marketing; season extension and institutional marketing, especially Farm to School; farm business management; and risk management.

Registration is available by calling your local county office of the WVU Extension Service, or by printing a copy of the registration form at www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/farm-opportunities

In addition to the training, participants will have the opportunity to network with nearly 20 businesses, organizations and outreach institutions during a structured resource fair.

The registration fee is $10 for those registered by Jan. 16. For registrations received after Jan. 16, the cost is $20. Those under the age of 18 are admitted free but must still register.

Lunch and breaks are provided and will feature locally grown and sourced foods courtesy of the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center.

The training is hosted by WVU Extension Service, Glenville State College, the WVU Extension Small Farm Center and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University's resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state.

Local experts, like WVU Extension's agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve. For more information visit www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/farm-opportunities or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service at 304-927-0975.

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