LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Grown program, administered through the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, will partner with several Arkansas agricultural associations and organizations to host the first Arkansas Grown Conference and Expo on Jan. 25-28, 2023, in Little Rock.

The conference and expo will consist of workshops, speakers, off-site farm tours, networking opportunities, and a vendor trade show. Evening events at the Sunset Lodge at Rusty Tractor Vineyard and the University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute will showcase Arkansas Grown food and include an Arkansas Grown wine tasting.

The Arkansas Grown Conference and Expo is open to all parties interested in the Arkansas agriculture industry and will focus on farmers and producers who produce for the local food system.

Partner organizations include the Arkansas State Horticulture Society, Arkansas Association of Grape Growers, Arkansas Farmers Market Association, Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association, and Arkansas Agritourism Association.

The four-day event will be held at the Embassy Suites in West Little Rock. The deadline to register and make hotel room reservations is Jan. 11, 2023. For more conference details and to register, go to arkansasgrown.org/arkansas-grown -conference-expo/.

The sponsor and vendor booth registration deadline has been extended to January 11, 2023. For more information, visit arkansasgrown.org/arkansas-grown -conference-expo/ or contact Beth Moore at beth.moore@arkansas.agriculture.gov.

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