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Speakers for the 2019 conference will be identified during the next several months, and then this year’s agenda will be posted. In the meantime, you can look at the agenda for last year’s conference in 2018 to get an idea of the timing for activities each day and see what was covered last year.

Day 1: Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:15 a.m.
Registration (you must check in)
10:00 a.m. Conference Welcome Rhonda Sherman
NC State Univ.

Vermicompost Effects on Plant Growth, Suppression of Diseases and Pests


Norman Arancon
Univ. Hawaii-Hilo
Lunch (provided)

Economics of Worm Farming: Revenue Model for Producing Vermicompost, Tea, and Compost


Zach Brooks
Arizona Worm Farm
Building a Vermicompost Business from the Ground Up Cristy Christie
Black Diamond VermiCompost
Create Designer Vermicompost to Improve Soil Ecosystems Heather Rinaldi
Texas Worm Ranch
TV’s “Blue Collar Millionaires: A Whole Can of Worms” Star Shares Path to Success Mark Purser
The Worm Farm
Building Massive Vermicomposting Operations in Mexico Francisco Niembro Aldea Verde
6:00 p.m. Conference adjourns for the day
6:30 Unsponsored networking social at Sammy’s Tap & Grill, 2235 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh (1 mile from conference venue)

 Day 2: Sunday, November 11, 2018

9:15 a.m. Conference begins
Designing Continuous Flow-Through Worm Bin Systems Dan Lonowski
Michigan SoilWorks
Pest and Disease Suppression Using Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompost (‘Teas’) Norman Arancon
Univ. Hawaii-Hilo
Lunch (provided)
Practical Advice for the New Entrepreneur: Creating, Selling & Succeeding in a Bootstrapped Business Steve Churchill Urban Worm Company 
The Sustainable Use of Earthworms to Expand Farmer Seafood Supplies and Vermi-Business Strategies and Pitfalls Dr. Rachel Tinker-Kulberg Aquaponic Food 4 Thought
Marketing Strategies for Selling Vermicompost Products Ron Alexander R. Alexander Associates
4:00 p.m. Conference presentation portion adjourns
4:15 p.m. Field Trip to Compost Learning Lab 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh