A free marketing training and risk management conference for Mid-Atlantic farmers will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Agricultural Building in Smithfield, N.C., beginning at 9 a.m. sharp.

Pre-registration is required to reserve your seat.

For more information, call 1-919-882-3799 or sign up online at www.southernfarmnetwork.com.

The Southern Farm Network is sponsoring the conference in cooperation with East Carolina Farm Credit and the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. Farm broadcaster Marlin Bohlin will host the fast-paced conference.

The conference features nationally known marketing analysts Mark Gold of eHedger, Inc., and Andy Daniels of Daniels Trading.

Experts from North Carolina State University, North Carolina State University Extension, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and East Carolina Farm Credit.

Conference topics include futures and options hedging strategies, market outlooks, tobacco buyout loan options, tax strategies for tobacco buyout payments, new soy biodiesel opportunities for farmers, soybean rust training and disease update; and new and emerging opportunities in value-added crops.

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