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"Small" Farmers Learn to Meet Big Challenges During Meeting at Albertson College of Idaho

2004. 12. 15.

CALDWELL (Idaho)- Small-scale farmers, small-acreage landowners and small-flock sheep producers who want to improve their production, marketing and processing skills are invited to the 'Meeting the Big Challenges of Small-Acreage Farming' conference at Albertson College of Idaho. The conference will be held January 8 in the Simplot Dining Hall at Albertson College of Idaho, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration by January 3 is $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 12-18. Registration fees includes handouts, refreshments and lunch. Un-preregistered walk-ins will be charged an additional $20.

Co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and Albertson College of Idaho, the conference is designed for Treasure Valley participants with traditional, sustainable or organic operations. They can attend presentations in any of four tracks: diagnosing insect problems, managing insects on small acreages, marketing small-acreage products or the Southwest Idaho Sheep Symposium.

Albertson College alum Ron Bitner, a Caldwell pollination and pest-management consultant, premium wine-grape grower, and founder of the Taste of the Harvest festival, will address the Idaho Preferred Products Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. He will describe his 24-year evolution from simply growing grapes to contracting their production and- more recently- to developing retail channels.

For more information or to register, call the Ada County Extension Office at 208-377-2107 or go to

Albertson College of Idaho is the state's oldest and longest continuously accredited private, residential liberal arts and sciences institution. With an average class size of 15, students receive personal attention from faculty members dedicated to teaching. CofI was recently named a 'Best Value' by the Princeton Review and was ranked 11 in the nation by the same publication for Professors Bring Material to Life.

More information about Albertson College of Idaho is available by calling 1-800-2C-IDAHO or visiting