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2022 Annual Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting

 

The Annual Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting is scheduled for February 3rd from 10am-2:30pm. The location for this free gathering is at the Arkansas State Extension Office at 2301 S. University Avenue in Little Rock.  All Market Managers, vendors, and interested parties are invited.  We will provide lunch.  

Attendees will hear from policy experts on an array of topics effecting farmers markets including the Food Freedom Act, COVID-19, SNAP benefits and more.  We've also scheduled plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas with those experts and your peers.  We believe there is strength in numbers, so why not lend your support and share your experiences by attending our annual meeting.  You do not have to be a member to attend, but we do ask that you register in advance.  Hope to see you there. 

 


2022 Agenda

         

                                                     Arkansas Farmers Market Association Meeting

                                               February 3, 2022 10am-2:30pm

 

9:30am-10am:                   Registration

10am – 10:20am:              Welcome & Introduction to ArCOP/AFMA 

                                           ·      Katrina Betancourt (ArCOP President)

                                           ·      Steve Powell (ArCOP/AFMA Communications)

10:20 – 10:45am:              Arkansas Department of Health/Food Freedom Act

                                          ·      Jeff Jackson R.S.

10:50 – 11:10am:              Arkansas Department of Agriculture

                                          ·      Karen Reynolds, Program Manager

11:15am – 12:15pm:         Focus Groups

12:15  – 1:15 pm:              Lunch/Social Hour

                                          ·      Markets and Vendors are encouraged to share about their business. 

1:30pm – 1:50pm:             Local, Regional, & Safe Food Systems UA Extension

                                          ·      Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist

2pm – 2:30pm:                  Double up Food Bucks

                                          ·      Jeremy Adams (ArCOP DUFB Project Manager)

                


SNAP Retailer Signup

The Arkansas Farmers Market Association will host a virtual SNAP Retailer Signup event in coordination with the USDA during the annual AFMA meeting on February 3rd, 2022.  Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and Vendors can work directly with a USDA represented to complete the SNAP Retailer application.

Getting approved to accept SNAP is the first step in being able to open a new customer base.  This allows a market or farmer the opportunity to accept payment from SNAP customers as well as Disaster SNAP, Pandemic SNAP, and any other form of SNAP.  We are offering 30-minute sessions to make the process as simple as possible.  Be sure to register for a time slot prior to the meeting to ensure availability.

To register for your 30-minute Application session please register by clicking SNAP Signup button. 

 

All retail applicants must have a bank account.  Here's what else is needed to complete the process:

 

If you are applying as Sole Proprietor, LLC, Partnership, or Privately Held Corporation:

-Signature Page (These will be available on site). 

-Driver’s License (color copy), can be a smart phone photo

-Social Security Card

 

If you are Applying as an IRS 501c3 Organization:

-Signature Page from Market Manager & Executive Director from 501c3 organization (These will be available on site.).

-Driver’s License (color copy), can be a smart phone photo

-IRS 501c3 Tax Exempt Letter 

-Letter authorizing Market Manager to apply for SNAP EBT Permit on behalf of the 501c3 organization. Letter needs to be on organization’s letterhead

 

If you are applying on behalf of a Town/City/Government Agency:

-Signature Page from Market Manager & Government Official (These will be available on site)

-Driver’s License (color copy), can be a smart phone photo

-W-9 signed by Government Official 

-Letter authorizing Market Manager to apply for SNAP EBT Permit on behalf of the town/city/government agency. Letter needs to be on town/city/government agency’s letterhead.

 

SNAP approved retailers that sell local Fruits & Vegetables can also participate in ArCOPs SNAP incentive program called “Double up Food Bucks.”  ArCOP will help fund a dollar for dollar match on local produce when shopping with SNAP.  This allows the SNAP customer to double their money on healthy food and the retailer still makes full retail price.  

Locations interested in participating should connect with Jeremy Adams at jeremy.adams@arkansasobesity.org