* WHO :* Finance, energy, horticulture, tourism, aquaculture and culinary specialists from West Virginia University and other higher education, government and small business groups will be among the experts working with farmers from across the state. Presenters include specialists from the University of Maryland, Ohio State University and the West Virginia and U.S. departments of agriculture.

* WHAT :* The West Virginia Small Farm Conference, a three-day educational and networking opportunity for farmers from West Virginia and surrounding regions to improve and better market their products.

The conference will show farmers how to save energy, apply for grants, organize agritourism business and reach consumers directly, as well as how to benefit from the new WVU Extension Services West Virginia Small Farm Center.

* WHERE :* Ramada Inn Conference Center, 20 Scott Ave., Morgantown

* WHEN :

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 4-7 p.m.The conference kicks off with the Winter Blues Farmers Market.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Concurrent sessions
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8:15 a.m.-8 p.m.Concurrent sessions
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.Concurrent sessions

For a schedule of session topics, visit www.wvu.edu/~agexten/sustanag/events/wv_small_farms_conference/index.htm .

* PHOTO /VIDEO OPS :

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 4-7 p.m.Winter Blues Farmers Market, stocked by foods and products showcased and sold by the regions farmers
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Alternative and renewable fuels demonstrations, including a truck fueled by wood and biofuels made from cooking oil
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10:15-11:30 a.m.Susan Sauter of Flying Ewe Farm will tell the story behind the conferences local foods
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 3:45-5 p.m.Robin Way of Rumbleway Farm will highlight her marketing experience, from running arestaurantto operating a store on her Maryland farm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.Local foods banquet
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.Matching the Marketwith Stonewall Resort chef Dale Hawkins