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Conference will Explore Investment Opportunities of Small Farms

Written By Scott Joseph On July 11, 2012

Keynote speaker Michael Shuman will be featured at the 4th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference on Saturday, July 28th.  Shuman is being sponsored by the Florida Food Policy Council, a nonprofit organization encouraging the development and expansion of the capacity of local food systems to meet food security needs in communities across Florida.

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and Director of Research and Marketing for Cutting Edge Capital. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His most recent book, just published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition(Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He helped co-found BALLE, which represents 22,000 local businesses in North America in 80 communities, and is now a Fellow there. At Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps communities and businesses solving finance challenges, he manages its economic development initiatives.   Growing Synergy’s Vice President and current Florida Food Policy Council Chair, Trisha Strawn stated that “Mr. Shuman’s work will increase the economic impact that Florida small farmers have on this state through a study that will be conducted by FFPC and Shuman.”

The Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is a three-day event, hosted by the University of Florida and Florida A & M University features 30 educational sessions, farm tours, a large trade show, Florida’s Finest Signature Luncheon, and more. Through concurrent educational sessions led by industry experts and noted researchers, the annual Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference provides opportunities for attendees to learn about groundbreaking research and access educational support about topics such as operating sustainable and profitable enterprises, integrating cost-effective methods to meet state regulations, and applying the latest research to real-world problems. Attendees also participate in workshops, hands-on demonstrations and organized networking activities, enabling them to share their knowledge while interacting with peers from all over the state. 

To register for the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference visit the website.

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