The American Society of Agricultural Consultants has selected Nashville as the site of the organization's 2009 Conference and Annual Meeting. Activities will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown Nov. 8 - 10.

“We're developing a program that is as eclectic as our membership,” says Paige Gilligan, CAC, Agrestic Solutions, Tempe, Ariz., who is heading up the planning for the meeting. “The theme that has been selected is ‘Trade, Tradition and Troubadours’ which allows us to branch into a wide variety of topics for presentations and also take advantage of the music heritage Nashville provides as a venue.”

“In keeping with the fact many of our members are independent business people, we will have a good deal of focus on improving their business management skills,” she notes. “This will include sessions on new technology, financial management, updates on international consulting trends and activity, and personal self-improvement.

The entire program is designed so those attending will be eligible for 16 hours of professional continuing education credits. “Continuing education is a requisite for accreditation as a Certified Agricultural Consultant and other other professional designations. Founded in 1963, the American Society of Agricultural Consultants is a non-profit organization oriented around raising the standards and image of professional agricultural consultants. ASAC is the only association representing the full range of agricultural consultants.

Information for registering for the conference is available at the www.agconsultants.com.