Register Now – 2020 Virtual Municipal Agriculture, Economic Development & Planning Forum


Registration is now open – select one of the following registration links below to sign up for the Forum

The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half days of sessions will be supplemented with a virtual tour of Huron County and some of its most exciting agricultural and rural projects.

If your portfolio includes rural planning, economic development or any aspect of the agriculture sector – food, farming, ag value chain businesses, workforce attraction, or agricultural innovation you won’t want to miss the 2020 Forum. The Forum will be of interest to municipal economic developers, planners, council members, CAO’s, and supporters of local economic development initiatives. The Forum looks at leading edge collaborations and innovations to grow the ag sector and your community. Two days of sessions cover a wide range of timely topics including:

Promotion & Sales in the Agri-Food Space

  • Online marketing & sales – the COVID pivot;
  • Branding your region – a practical “how to”
  • Tools & resources for promotion – Always in Season by OFA

Innovating to Grow the Sector

  • Export opportunities
  • Diversification along the value chain – associated zoning & planning issues
  • Innovation – adopting & promoting an innovation mindset
  • Youth attraction – engagement strategies & relevant case study

An Agriculture Systems Approach

  • Explore your municipality’s capacity for innovation & collaboration and how to take things to the next level
  • Getting started; lessons learned from practitioners; is it right for your municipality?
  • Resources to support an Ag Systems approach like mapping and OMAFRA’s Agriculture Economic Development Community Resource Guidebook

Enjoy an opportunity to discuss current issues with your peers in a World Café Setting. Examine issues like:

  • Food Security
  • Cannabis
  • Housing from Farm Labour
  • Restoring rural community cohesion – the value of the Rural Third Space
  • Lot Creation and Severances in Prime Ag Areas
  • Engaging Local youth in Agriculture

Take the opportunity to Explore Huron County, a leader in agriculture production, business and municipal innovation, through a series of videos highlighting local assets.

Stay tuned for a blog post release of the full agenda!

Hosts: Huron County and OMAFRA

Sponsored by OPPI, Huron County Economic Development


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