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Seminar Info

You do not have to be a MAPACA member to attend any of the seminars over the course of the Jubilee Weekend.

Seminar Opportunities

Friday, April 26


10:00 am - 11:00 am  ~ Kristie Smoker
Alpaca 101 - Is Alpaca Farming Right for You?
This workshop will be customized  to the needs of the group and may include topics such as basic facts about alpacas, farm set up, care and feeding of alpacas, fleece, marketing your farm and alpaca products.

11:00 am - 11:30 am  ~ Suri Network
Suri Simply Stunning

1:00 pm  ~ Bud Synhorst, AOA Executive Director
The State of AOA & Open Discussion

3:00 pm ~ Mahindra Representative
Q&A on Mahindra - What's Best for Your Farm?
A representative from Mahindra - a number one selling tractor - will provide information and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Discussion will also include what model and attachments are best for various size farms.

Saturday, April 27


10:00 am - 11:00 am ~ Chris Armstrong
Tips to Improve Your Farm Store Photos*
Photos of your farm store products must compete in an ever growing marketplace on - line, they need to look their very best or customers will click right past you. This basic workshop will offer a few simple, no frills tips to improve your images. Chris will go over some common errors, how you can work to avoid them, and how with just a few inexpensive tools you can take better photos starting today. There will be plenty of time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.
*Please bring your tablet, smart phone or laptop if you can

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ~ Brion Smoker
Alternative Income Streams in the Alpaca Industry
During this workshop Brion will tailor discussion to the preferences of the group snd may cover such topics as how you might create multiple streams of income as an alpaca farmer, how to change your mindset from farmer to entrepreneur and tie it all together with some pertinent tax changes that will affect your business moving forward.