NC State Extension

Value-Added Dairy Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities

Value-Added Dairy Conference & Trade Show Sponsor and Vendor Information

December 10-11, 2018

Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, North Carolina

DESCRIPTION: This event is designed to offer educational and technical training to producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about on-farm processing of milk and other dairy products. Opportunities may exist for dairy farmers to become producer-processors, to incorporate agritourism to their business models and/or otherwise diversify their family farming operations. The proposed agenda will allow participants to interact with vendors as well as service organizations who can help with planning, support, transition and brainstorming.

SPONSOR PARTICIPATION: Space and time are set aside at the venue for a trade show. Exhibit space is first come, first served, and will include one 6’ table, two chairs, and electricity (vendors will provide their own extension cords). Product demonstrations, as well as informational booths are welcomed. If your space requirements fall outside of the booth space described above, NC State University and staff at the Crowne Plaza will be happy to work with you; please contact with specific needs.

Sponsorship opportunities are outlined below and include registrations (as listed in the tier descriptions). Additional registrations may be purchased for $100/per person for sponsors with more than 1 representative from their company attending. Registration includes attendance and access to the meeting spaces, tradeshow, and meals during the event.

Tier 1 (Silver) – $500 (Includes 1 registration and company logo on all advertisements)

Tier 2 (Gold) – $1,000 (Same as Tier 1 plus special recognition during lunch programs)

Tier 3 (Platinum) – $1,500 (Same as Tier 2 plus 1 additional registration, recognition as a sponsor for your choice of one of the workshops listed on the agenda & additional booth space)

SCHEDULE:  The symposium will begin on Monday, December 10, at 9 a.m., and will conclude on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, at 1 p.m. Vendors will be able to set up in the trade show beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Click here for full conference schedule.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE(S): Online registration is available at the following link: Online Registration. You can also register by downloading the Value-Added_Sponsor Vendor Packet and submitting it (along with payment) to the address on the form. Registration is open until Friday, November 1, 2018. Late registrations will be accepted until Friday, November 30, 2018, with an additional $75 fee.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: The Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Asheville and sleeping rooms have been blocked for this conference. You will be responsible for your own lodging costs and reservations. The room rates are $89/night for a double queen room and $104/night for king room; these rates are available through November 3, 2018. You may reserve a room before 11/3/2018 by clicking here Crowne Plaza Reservations or by calling 1-828-254-3211. Mention “NC State University – Dairy Symposium” to ensure the correct conference rate. Learn more about the Crowne Plaza’s amenities.