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Agritourism conference planned for Henderson County March 28

WHAT: The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association will host a conference titled, “Growth and Prosperity in the Next Season,” for farmers interested in learning more about the economic benefits of agritourism. The event includes speakers from regional agritourism farms and vineyards, as well as economic-development specialists.

WHO: Scheduled speakers are Sonya Hollingsworth, Stepp Farm’s Hillcrest Orchard; Guido van der Hoeven, N.C. State University; Alan Ward, St. Paul Mountain Vineyard; Jim Clarke, Burntshirt Vineyard; and Jane Lee Rankin, Apple Hill Farm.

WHEN: Thursday, March 28
8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Paul Mountain Vineyard
588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville

MORE INFO: Registration is $40 for NCANA members and potential members, or $20 for cooperative extension staff. The deadline for registration is March 25. For more information or to register, contact Martha Glass, NCDA&CS agritourism office manager, at 919-707-3120 or is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.