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The Power of our Regional Food Economy: 2013 Conference, April 19

— Spokane's only conference covering every facet of opportunity that lies within a regional food economy will be held Friday, April 19 in Spokane's University District, Phase One Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. The conference focuses on Our Food, Our Economy, Our Health.

Keynote speaker is economist Ken Meter, one of the country's foremost food system analysts in integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking and social concerns.

In Spokane County, food and farming play a key role in our local economy. There are over 2,502 farms and ranches in the County and together with the food processing industry contributes over $886 million dollars to the economy and employs over 3,945 people. Large-tract agricultural areas are mostly grain, legume and grass seed production. Small-tract agriculture areas are mostly grain, fruit, berry, vegetable, dairies, Christmas trees and forage crop production.

At the conference, you can view exhibits and network with others. The conference lunch will feature regional foods as well as delicious local offerings in a mini-farmers' market setting. Cost $35 registration includes lunch and parking.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.realfoodspokane.org.


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