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Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture conference planned for November

EASTON – Eastern Shore Land Conservancy on Thursday, Nov. 20, will host the 15th Eastern Shore Planning Conference, “The Future of Eastern Shore Agriculture,” at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

The conference will celebrate and discuss innovations and opportunities for Eastern Shore agriculture, including: strengthening current agriculture, supporting emerging and niche agricultural opportunities, and further developing Eastern Shore communities’ connection to agriculture.

ESLC invites members of the agriculture community, elected and appointed officials, government staff members, community leaders, and anyone interested in food to attend.

“We hope Eastern Shore agriculture will be just as strong in 500 years as it is today,” said ESLC Policy Manager, Josh Hastings. “This conference will help develop understanding about Eastern Shore agriculture, explore methods to enhance what is already being done, and strengthen rural communities through our number one industry.”

The conference agenda will offer ample time for participants to hear from Maryland leaders, ask questions, and fully consider the future of Eastern Shore agriculture. An extensive exhibit hall will offer a wide range of information about history and opportunities in the region’s agriculture.

Questions considered include the following: Will drones be a strong part of Shore agriculture, and what opportunities are available through precision agriculture? How have Eastern Shore farms benefited from tourism, creating new farm markets, or changing their products?  What role can a regional food hub play?  What is the future for aquaculture? What are the advantages and struggles with crop diversification and green energy?  How can we help improve accessibility food in our own Eastern Shore communities?

Register today online or by contacting Jen Matthews at 410-827-9756, ext. 155, or jmatthews@eslc.org for the early bird rate of $45 or a student rate of $25.

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