Contact: Linda Neunzig Agriculture Coordinator 206-388-7170 Linda.Neunzig@snoco.org
Snohomish County Convenes Thirteenth Focus on Farming/Forestry Conference
Solutions for a Growing World
Everett, Snohomish County, October 21, 2016—Snohomish County will be hosting the 13th Annual Focus on Farming/Forestry conference at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA on November 3rd at 7:00 a.m. Focus on Farming/Forestry is meant to improve innovation and generate discussions about economic sustainability for our region’s agricultural community.
“We expect our 13th Focus on Farming conference to be the best yet and a great way to help support our local farmers, ranchers, and timber industry,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “We encourage anyone interested in food, farms, and the future to come and learn from the experts.”
Check-in/breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. with keynote speaker Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets, kicking off the discussion at 8:15 a.m. Steve will provide his perspectives on building and maintaining a business in a highly competitive environment. The lunch keynote speaker, Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech, will offer ideas about cutting-edge marketing for traditional industries, such as agriculture. In addition to attending keynotes, Focus on Farming participants will be able to spend the day learning, networking, and even enjoying a farm to table meal created from locally sourced products.
Since agriculture is one of Snohomish County’s most vibrant industries, the annual Focus on Farming/Forestry Conference gives attendees from across the region an opportunity to share best practices, learn new farming techniques, and get re-inspired to provide sustainable and healthy food.
Focus on Farming/Forestry is organized by the Snohomish County Executive’s Office of Economic Development and is funded through local and state sponsorships. The conference concludes at 5:30 p.m. on November 3rd. Early registration is open until October 30th at www.focusonfarming.org.
A special thank you to this year’s conference sponsors Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forterra, and Snohomish County Parks.