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Forum for Rural Innovation

Livestock Update, March 2007


March 9, 2007
Best Western Lee-Jackson Conference Center
Winchester, Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    February 2007

CONTACT:  Gary W. Hornbaker   703-777-0426

Forum for Rural Innovation:
New Approaches for Agriculture and Rural Prosperity

The third annual Forum for Rural Innovation will be held Friday, March 9, 2007 at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn & Conference Center in Winchester, Virginia. The purpose of the Forum is to showcase replicable innovative ideas, projects or programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability, conserve farm land and natural resources, or develop new approaches to rural prosperity that are viable in an expensive farmland-upscale consumer environment.

The Forum will feature a series of presentations, with an emphasis on farming for high-profitability by using innovative and sound business approaches particularly suited to the Mid-Atlantic region. Topics have been chosen to present practical examples of successful innovative operations that could be adapted to area farms.  The program will feature some of the most progressive and recognized farmers and researchers in the United States.
Forum topics will include:



In addition, exhibits by agricultural suppliers, support agencies, and area innovative businesses will be featured the entire day.  Area agricultural businesses are encouraged to participate with exhibits and displays.
A registration fee of $35.00 per person will include the forum program, morning refreshments, and buffet lunch featuring local foods.  Registration information is available on-line at or by calling 703-777-0426. Pre-registration by March 2nd is required.

The Forum for Rural Innovation is a cooperative educational effort by the offices of Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Economic Development in Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, and Frederick counties of Virginia, and Jefferson and Berkeley counties, West Virginia, and the Potomac Headwaters and Shenandoah RC&D.

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