Each year, NAFDMA hosts the premier farm direct marketing convention in North America. The convention moves to a different region of North America each year. Members get the opportunity to see new markets and hear new marketing ideas in a professional, noncompetitive environment.
The convention includes a three-day Bus Tour, a day of full-day Workshops, and a day of Conference concurrent sessions. It also includes a Trade Show.
NAFDMA’s bus tours are undoubtedly the best-kept secret in today’s world of high technology. What do you get when you cram 55 like-minded farmers into a 300-square-foot space for three days? You get real people, real dialogue, real time, and real knowledge and relationships that last for a lifetime. The tours visit tourist destinations that highlight the culture and environment of the host regions. More important, participants visit the most outstanding farm markets in North America. They’re not always the largest, the newest, or the richest. They are innovative, successful, and the most willing to share their secrets, their shortfalls, and their dreams for the future.
NAFDMA members benefit from the size and ability of the association to attract top name speakers with proven skills and experience. Our workshops go into the details of their subject matter for six hours. They are one of the conference highlights for those members who crave knowledge and a thorough understanding of a topic and who recognize that their success rides on their ability to stay on the cutting edge.
NAFDMA’s conference features a variety of tracks, which change from year to year. We bring in top speakers who address a variety of issues. Your peers from around the world provide the backbone for the concurrent educational sessions. It’s NAFDMA sharing at its finest.
The trade show connects farm direct marketers with suppliers of goods and services that are unique to our industry. The trade show is for the benefit of those who attend additional components of our convention; a trade show only option is not available. Exhibitors gain new clients, farm marketers locate new sources, and service professionals make new contacts and spread the word on product lines that offer new opportunities.