AgriFuture Educational Institute (May 15-17, 2018)

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AgriFuture is geared toward anyone 18 to 40 years of age interested in being part of the future of agriculture, but anyone older or younger is welcome to attend! It’s also open to current producers of any age who are willing to learn alongside future producers and share insights. Veterans of the armed forces are encouraged to attend.

• “Future Ag Producer” fee is $50 and includes hotel stay for two nights
• “Current Ag Producer/Mentor” fee is $100

Please note: Event organizers will handle hotel reservations for “Future Ag Producers.”
“Current Ag Producers/Mentors” should book their hotel room at:

AgriFuture Agenda
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

Tuesday, May 15
4-6 p.m. Registration
5-7 p.m. Opening Reception
Opening Remarks: Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture
Keynote Speaker: Vonnie Estes – Innovation Shaping Food and Agriculture

Wednesday, May 16
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-8:45 a.m. Networking Break/Coffee
8:45-10 a.m. Session 1 (General Session)
Panel: Marketing: What Do Retailers Want?
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Session 2 (General Session)
Panel: Marketing: Finding Your Niche
11:15-11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Lunch
Guest Speaker: Rolando Flores, Dean,
NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
1-1:15 p.m. Networking Break
1:15-3:30 p.m. Session 3 (General Session)
Panel: Tools and Training Opportunities
3:30-3:45 p.m. Networking Break/Coffee
3:45-5 p.m. Session 4 (2 options)
Option 1: Panel: Opportunities for Income Diversification
Option 2: Panel: Using Social Media to Effectively Promote Your Business
5:30 p.m. Industry Dinners

Thursday, May 17
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-10 a.m. Session 5 (General Session)
Panel: Connecting the New Generation to Future Opportunities
10-11:30 a.m. Session 6 (2 options)
Option 1: Panel: Innovations and Future Technology in Production Agriculture
Option 2: Agriculture: The Transition Process
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Closing Lunch
Keynote Speaker: David Waters – On the Making of Beef Poets
Closing remarks: Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture
1-3 p.m. Interviews: Current producers with potential interns/employees

Click here for session/panel descriptions.

Questions? Call Kristie Garcia at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-2804 or email

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