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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

CONTACT: Kevin Hardison, marketing specialist           Annette Dunlap, agribusiness developer
NCDA&CS Marketing Division                      NCDA&CS Marketing Division
919-707-3123                                                  919-707-3117

NCDA&CS to host workshop for farmers market managers

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a workshop focused on helping local farmers markets grow. The day-long event will be held March 10 at the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Office in Smithfield.

The workshop, geared toward market managers and their board members, will cover a range of topics such as customer service, media relations and changes to sales tax laws that affect farmers markets and their managers. A roundtable discussion with market managers will wrap up the workshop.

“Consumer interest in local foods continues to grow, fueling more attention on local and regional farmers market offerings,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This workshop provides market managers with information and new ideas that will help them tap into this growing trend.”

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20, and covers materials and lunch. Pre-registration by March 3 is required.

Registration forms can be found at

For more information about the workshop, contact Kevin Hardison at 919-707-3123 or, or Annette Dunlap at 919-707-3117 or




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