Conference looks at opportunities with small acreages, April 2 in St. Joseph

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Small acreages offer a variety of ways to generate income, ranging from raising fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry to enhancing your property for outdoor recreation or agritourism.

A University of Missouri Extension conference, April 2 in St. Joseph, will explore opportunities to put small acreages to work.

The third annual Small Acreage and Land Entrepreneurs (SALE) Conference gives small-acreage owners the opportunity to learn and network on a variety of topics, and to visit with area business and agencies of interest to this group, said Randa Doty, MU Extension agricultural business specialist and one of the conference organizers.

The SALE Conference will feature a variety of sessions in four concurrent tracks. Sessions are scheduled to last 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions, and are timed to allow attendees to move from track to track.

“We have several sessions focusing on youth, a couple urban agriculture sessions and some entrepreneurship topics,” Doty said. “That’s in addition to vegetable, fruit, livestock and other production topics.”

Other topics include ag leases, getting off the grid, agroforestry, permaculture and displays at farmers markets.

Presenters include MU Extension specialists, private landowners and representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The conference runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western State University campus, St. Joseph. For map and directions, go to

A trade show starts at 8:30 a.m. and will run throughout the day.

The early-bird registration deadline is March 26. You can download a printable agenda and mail-in registration form at

For more information, contact Randa Doty at 660-582-8101 or [email protected], or Tom Fowler at 816-279-1691 or [email protected].

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