2019 SCBGP State Coordinators Conference


February 20, 2019 - February 21, 2019


Westin Arlington Gateway

801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

(703) 717-6200


Perry Harlow


(571) 363-3052

The NASDA Foundation and USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) are is hosting the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program State Coordinators Conference on February 20 - February 21, 2019 in Arlington, VA. This two-day conference will provide state department of agriculture staff with in-depth sessions on grant monitoring, evaluation, working with sub-awardees, and applicant training tools. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers across the country and connect with USDA AMS staff who can provide technical support.

Who should attend
The conference is open to all state department of agriculture staff. The sessions are tailored to staff who administer or work on their state’s specialty crop block grant program

Registration is $550 per person for the event. REGISTER NOW!

Email Perry Harlow at perry.harlow@nasda.org or (571) 363-3052.

Special Thanks to USDA AMS
We would like to thank the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for generously sponsoring this conference. We appreciate their support of the SCBGP state coordinators.

SCBGP Planning Committee
We would also like to thank the SCBGP Conference Planning Committee who helped us shape the agenda and ensure the sessions would be dynamic, interesting, and provide valuable information. The Planning Committee includes:

    • Melissa Ball, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    • Karen Fedor, Maryland Department of Agriculture
    • Johanna Herron, Division of Agriculture, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
    • Sharon Hurd, Hawaii Department of Agriculture
    • David Lucero, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    • Cindy Martel, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
    • Nicole Moore, Illinois Department of Agriculture
    • Gabrielle Redhead, Oregon Department of Agriculture
    • Morgan Sheffield, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
    • Leisa Shumaker, Washington State Department of Agriculture
    • Nikki Nelson Miller, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
    • Carly Bormeier, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service


Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

7:30 AM

Conference registration: Continental breakfast provided

8:15 AM

Welcome & Introduction

8:30 AM

USDA’s Role in Supporting Specialty Crops across the Country

9:00 AM

FY 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Update

9:30 AM


9:45 AM

World Café: Using social media for promotion and training (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)

10:45 AM

The Importance of Food Safety and the SCBGP

11:45 AM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM

Open Competitive Process: Applicant Training Tools

1:30 PM

Working with Sub-Awardees

2:15 PM


2:30 PM

Outcomes from SCBGP Evaluation Study

3:15 PM

Coffee with a Coordinator: Networking and Product Exchange

4:15 PM

Wrap Up

Feb. 21, 2019

8:00 AM

Conference registration: Continental breakfast provided

8:45 AM

Introduction to the Day

9:00 AM

Grant Monitoring and Evaluation

10:00 AM

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and State Departments of Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges

10:45 AM

Interactive Evaluation and Discussion

11:30 AM

Wrap Up

12:00 PM

Pick up box lunches and load onto buses for tour

12:30 PM

Agricultural tour

4:00 PM

Tour Concludes: Buses will take participants back to The Westin Hotel

Hotel Block

NASDA Foundation is currently holding a block of rooms at The Westin Arlington Gateway at the rate of $179/night + 13.25% tax for single rate from February 19-21, 2019.

The deadline to book your room at NASDA Foundation's group rate is 5:00 PM EDT Friday, January 20, 2019. NASDA Foundation's limited block of hotel rooms could sell out well before the January 20 deadline so please reserve your room(s) early! Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at The Westin Arlington Gateway prevailing rates and availability.

If you wish to make your reservation over the phone please call The Westin Arlington Gateway directly at 888-627-7076 before the January 20 deadline. Please be sure to mention the NASDA Foundation conference to receive the group rate.

Please reach out to Perry Harlow at perry.harlow@nasda.org or by phone at (571) 363-3052 if you have any questions about NASDA Foundation's hotel block.

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