Save the Date!

The 2nd annual National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit will take place from October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago-area). FMC will also be hosting pre-Summit activities, including a state association leader meeting, an emerging issues panel.


Call for Presentations and Posters: Submit your Proposal by May 17th!

Share a Poster at the Summit! Showcase a project or program to peers from across the country. If your poster proposal is accepted, you’ll submit text and images to the Summit planning team, who will format, print and display your poster at the Summit. Poster authors will be stationed near their posters during occasional networking breaks throughout the Summit, to answer questions about their work, and connect with interested peers. If your poster presentation is accepted, your registration costs will be covered.

Lead a presentation, panel, or workshop at the Summit! Share your expertise or lead a discussion by submitting your presentation proposal. If your proposal is accepted, the Summit planning committee will work with you to refine and complete your presentation plans, and your Summit registration fees will be covered.

Submitting a proposal is quick and easy. You’ll need to provide:

  • The type of proposal (poster or presentation);
  • Title;
  • Track (business development, community impact, innovation and technology, etc.)
  • Description (4-8 sentences); and
  • Contact information.


Learn more and access the proposal submission form on the Summit website: and presentation proposals are due May 17th.



The 2018 Convening

The 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit came to fruition because 4 organizations explored a common goal: fostering mutually beneficial connections between researchers and practitioners while offering hands-on technical assistance. With no national convening to set precedence for these goals, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service took on an experiment: hosting a first-of-its-kind event with partners from the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS), the National Value Added Conference, Farm Credit Council, and Farmers Market Coalition (FMC).

The 2018 Summit welcomed 400 attendees coming from 44 states and Canada. Over 150 farmers market managers and program operators joined extension agents, students and researchers, USDA employees, entrepreneurs, and service providers. The Summit successfully melded this group of direct ag professionals and leaders through two days of presentations and workshops, surrounded by networking and peer-to-peer learning at receptions, the vendor Expo, and a project poster showcase. Click here to see highlights from the 2018 Summit

A Glimpse at the 2018 Attendees