2012 Equine Business Conference Scheduled

Equine business professionals in the north central United States are invited to a dynamic, multi-state conference where they will be connected with land-grant universities, industry professionals, and other valuable resources.

In an effort to keep equine businesses a vital part of our rural communities, the Equine Business Conference will provide horse industry professionals with information and resources on liability, business finance, marketing, and insurance for equine businesses.

Hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing; the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul; the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; and Iowa State University in Ames, this one-day conference will take place on Feb. 25, 2012, in four locations. At each location, participants will hear from a "live" industry expert and will see broadcasts of presenters from the other three locations.

Topics will include:

  • Equine Insurance: Using Insurance to Protect Your Horse, Yourself and Your Equine Business Investment (Wade Ellerbroek, licensed real estate broker, insurance broker and appraiser, Ellerbroek & Associates)
  • Law: Legal Liability and Contracts (Julie Fershtman, attorney, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith P.C.)
  • Taxes and Finance: Structuring Your Horse Business to Succeed in the Future (Tina Barrett, executive director, Nebraska Farm Business)
  • Promotion, Marketing, and Advertising: Tips on Social Media and Low- and No-cost Promotion (Terry Schroeder, chief operating officer, Reichert Celebration Inc.)

Advance online registration is required. The registration fee is $30. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Funded in part by a grant from the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, the Equine Business Conference is a collaborative effort between My Horse University and eXtension/horses.

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