2019 SCBGP State Coordinators Conference

Date

February 20, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Venue

Westin Arlington Gateway

801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

(703) 717-6200

Contact

Perry Harlow

perry.harlow@nasda.org

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

Questions?
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

AGENDA

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

7:30 AM

Conference registration

  • Continental breakfast provided

8:15 AM

Welcome & Introduction

Dr. Lisa Benson, NASDA Foundation

Nikki Nelson Miller, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

8:30 AM

USDA’s Role in Supporting Specialty Crops across the Country

9:00 AM

FY 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Update

Carly Borgmeier, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

9:30 AM

Break

9:45 AM

Using Social Media for Promotion and Training

Moderator: Perry Harlow, NASDA Foundation

Johanna Heron, Alaska Division of Agriculture

Nicole Moore, Illinois Department of Agriculture

Jen Holton, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Cindy Martel, Department of Agriculture

10:45 AM

The Importance of Food Safety and the SCBGP

Moderator: Tricia Kovas, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

Kristina Sweet, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Betsy Dorton, South Carolina Department of Agriculture

11:45 AM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM

Open Competitive Process: Applicant Training Tools

Moderator: Lisa James, Arizona Department of Agriculture

Emily Cook, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Glenda Mostek, Colorado Department of Agriculture

1:30 PM

Working with Sub-Awardees

Moderator: Melissa Ball, Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services

Kathlyn Terry, Appalachian Sustainable Development

2:15 PM

Break

2:30 PM

Outcomes from SCBGP Evaluation

Wilella Burgess, Purdue University

3:15 PM

Coffee with a Coordinator: Networking and Product Exchange Perry Harlow, NASDA Foundation

4:15 PM

Wrap Up

Dr. Lisa Benson, NASDA Foundation

Thursday, February 21, 2019

8:00 AM

Conference registration

Continental breakfast provided

8:45 AM

Introduction to the Day

Perry Harlow, NASDA Foundation

9:00 AM

Grant Monitoring and Evaluation

Moderator: Carlos Coleman, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

Ashley Jeppson, Nevada Department of Agriculture

Casey Foster, Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Jen Erdmann, Georgia Department of Agriculture


10:00 AM

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

John Miklozek, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

10:45 AM

Assessing and Reflecting

Perry Harlow, NASDA Foundation

11:15 AM

Wrap UP

Dr. Lisa Benson, NASDA Foundation

John Miklozek, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (tentative based on government shutdown)

11:45 AM

Pick up box lunches and load onto buses for tour

12:15 PM

Arrive at University of District of Columbia College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences

12:20 PM

Opening remarks from UDC CAUSES staff

12:40 PM

Presentation by past and present SCBGP sub-awardees

2:00 PM

Tour of facility

Hydroponics

Kitchen and rain water harvesting

Aquaponics

Roof top garden

4:00 PM

Tour Concludes

Buses will take participants back to the Westin Hotel

4:45 PM

Arrive at Westin Hotel

Agricultural Tour

The SCBGP State Coordinator Conference agricultural tour will be hosted by the University of District of Columbia College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences. The CAUSES staff will have an opportunity to talk about how they use the SCBGP funding to address food security issues in the District of Columbia. State coordinators will have the opportunity to view the hydroponic facility, kitchen and rain water harvesting containers, aquaponics facility, and roof top garden.


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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