Saturday Conference Schedule & Sessions
7:00-8:00 am - Registration- Downstairs Harbor Room
8:00-8:05 am - Welcome and Announcements
8:05-9:30 am - Updates: Farm Bureau, Alaska Farmland Trust,
Mingchu Zhang, Alaska Peony Society, President Dave Russell address
9:35-10:30 am - Break-out Sessions
Steven Forkey-Flow Vision- Michigan Maximize Profitability using Lean Flow Techniques. Industry leading companies throughout the world have been utilizing Lean Flow principles to improve Production, Reduce Cost and Maximize Profitability. Learn how these techniques can be applied to your company.
Chris Beks-AAP CO-OP Grant Presentation on Inventory systems
Jeff Tranel and John Hewlett- RightRisk- Colorado- Surviving in Agriculture- US Income Taxes for your Alaskan Farm
10:35-11:10 am Morning Break-Vendor Show, downstairs
11:15-12:05pm Break-Out Sessions
Wes Brightman-Howling Downs Peonies
The Importance of Standardization and Transportation in our Growing Peony Industry
Mike Mooney- Dramm & Echter The How and Why of Product Offering, Boxing, Branding, Associations and Future Markets.
Gary A Chastagner, Ph.D.Professor of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Research and Extension Center “Ugly Buds” specialist talks about what challenges Alaska growers and how to combat them.
12:15-1:30 pm - Lunch Presentation by Country Financial & Committee Reports
1:35-2:30 pm - Keynote- Rusty W Rumley- Arkansas Sr Staff Attorney National Agriculture Law- Estate Planning
2:35-3:30 pm - Break-Out Session
Rita Jo Shoultz - Alaska Perfect Peony- Peony Cost Analysis- How much it really costs you to produce that stem and why you cant sell yourself short.
Kasey Cronquist- CCFC- How to Leverage Certified American Grown From Alaska- Learn how CAG farms successfully leverage the organization’s programs, events and brand to promote their farm and flowers.
David Russell, PhD- Boreal Peonies- What the @#$%^$# !!!! How did that happen? (….or lessons learned in six years of peony growing) Growing peonies has been far more challenging than the first anticipated (expected?). However, after over six years of making ‘mid-course corrections’ we are able to highlight potential pitfalls others might encounter.