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2017 Rural Grocer's Conference

2nd Annual North Dakota Rural Grocer Summit
North Dakota Farmer’s Union, Jamestown, ND
January 26, 2017


8:30 – 10:00               Registration & Exhibitor Showcase

10:00 – 10:05             Welcome

Mark Watne, North Dakota Famers Union

10:05 – 11:15             Innovative Marketing Strategies that Could Work in Small Communities

Megan Myrdal, Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, NDSU & Shirley Reese, Manager, Main Street Market, Hazelton   

11:15 – 12:30             Food Safety and Meat Department Regulations – What you need to know

Moderator: John Dyste, President, ND Grocers Association

PanelistsMike Lee, State Health Dept. & Dave Slack, Meat Compliance Officer – ND Dept. of Ag. Food Safety Inspection Service

12:30 – 2:00               Lunch & Keynote - “The Benefits of Cooperating with Local Food Producers

Ryan Pesch, UMN, Extension Educator, Community Economics
Introduction by Jodi Bruns, NDSU Extension Service – Center for Community Vitality

2:00 – 2:15                 Break & Exhibitor Showcase                              

2:15 – 2:45                 Energy Efficiency Upgrades Using the USDA REAP Program

Dennis Rodin, Business & Cooperative Programs Director, USDA

2:45 – 3:10                 “The Great Plains Food Bank and Your Store

Melissa Sobolik & Nancy Carriveau, Hunger Free North Dakota
Introduction by Jason McKenney, North Dakota Farmers Union

3:10 – 3:30                 Participants’ Speak Out

A chance to share your thoughts and ideas with the group!
Moderated by Laurel Jones, Bowdon Community Cooperative

3:30                            Closing Remarks & Next Steps

Shirley Reese, Manager, Main Street Market, Hazelton

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