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2013 National Goat Conference

2013 National Goat Conference

2013 National Goat Conference
“Looking Towards the Future”
Sept. 15-18, 2013
Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
Greensboro, North Carolina

Conference Description
The National Goat Conference, first organized in 2010 and occurring every three years, provides educational opportunities in pasture and nutrition, marketing and processing, herd health, reproduction and more. The conference serves a diverse audience and is designed for goat and sheep producers, agricultural professionals and students. Meet and network with representatives of the 1890 and 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, community-based organizations as well as local, state and federal agencies.
Hotel Information and Reservations

Conference Hotel:
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
3121 High Point Road at I-40
Greensboro, NC 27407
Room Rate:
$125 single or double occupancy, plus 12.75% tax
Rooms are limited. Make Your Reservation Now!
Reservation Cut-off Date & Room Availability:
Rooms at the conference rate are based on availability at the time of making your reservation, or through the Aug. 15 cut-off date. Be advised that rooms in the 2013 National Goat Conference block may fill up before the cut-off date.  Be sure to make your hotel reservation early.
Hotel Reservation Telephone:
1-800-242-6556 (select option 1)
336-292-7167 (local number)
Refer to 2013 National Goat Conference
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
Airport Transportation:
The following are ground transportation options to the Sheraton at Four Seasons from Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport, which serves Greensboro.
The Sheraton at Four Seasons offers complimentary shuttle service to and from PTI for hotel guests only. Upon arrival at the airport, call the hotel at 336-292-7167 to schedule transportation.
PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation) serves PTI with buses, vans and carpools for affordable, comfortable transportation. Call 336-883-7278 to make a reservation or visit their Web site.
Triad Transportation
Taxi/van services are provided by Triad Transportation. They can be reached at 336-668-9808 or 1-877-796-LIMO (5466). Triad Transportation is located on the lower level center of the PTI Airport terminal.
Conference Registration
Participants Registration:
General Registration (Now – Aug. 2)
Students - $100
Farmers - $150
Non-Farmers - $375
Late Participant Registration (After Aug. 2)
Students - $150
Farmers - $200
Non-Farmers - $450
To register, please access the following link, 2013 National Goat Conference Registration.
Exhibit/Vendor Space
As an exhibitor, your company will receive one complimentary conference registration, a draped booth space with a table and two chairs. If additional amenities are needed in your booth, such as internet connection or electricity, you will incur an additional cost.  Refer to the Exhibitor/Vendor Information Form on this site for additional fees. All participants will be listed in the exhibitors’ directory within the conference program.
For more information or to reserve booth space please contact Barbara M. Johnson at bmjohnson@pvamu.edu or 936-261-5088 by August 15.
Exhibitor / Vendor Information & Form 
Exhibitor Registration:
General Registration (Now – Aug. 2)
Non-Profits - $375
Business (Vendors) - $450
Institution/Federal & State Agencies - $600
Late Exhibitor Registration (After Aug. 2)
Non-Profits - $450
Business (Vendors) - $525
Institution/Federal & State Agencies - $700
To register, please access the following link, 2013 National Goat Conference Registration.
Refund Policy
Requests for refunds must be made in writing and e-mailed to Donna Holland (hdonna@ncat.edu). A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. All refunds will be issued 4- to-6 weeks after the event. Substitute registrants are welcome and may be named at any time.
Refund requests dated at least 30 days before the event will be granted in full, less a $50 processing fee.  Refund requests dated less than 30 days before the event will NOT be granted.
Conference Schedule
Sunday, September 15
Noon – 5 p.m.                                   Registration Open
3 – 6 p.m.                                        Pre-Conference Workshop
6 – 8 p.m.                                        Opening Reception
Monday, September 16
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  Registration Open
7 – 8 a.m.                                         Continental Breakfast
8 – 11:45 a.m.                                   General Session
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.                           Conference Luncheon
1 – 5:15 p.m.                                    Concurrent Sessions
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.                                Poster and Exhibit Viewing Session
Tuesday, September 17
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                 Registration Open
7 – 8 a.m.                                         Continental Breakfast
8 – 11:45 a.m.                                  General Session
11:50 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.                      Conference Luncheon
1:05 – 5:20 p.m.                                Concurrent Sessions
6 p.m.                                               Awards Banquet
Wednesday, September 18
7 – 8:30 a.m.                                   Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – Noon                                  General Session
12:20 – 4:50 p.m.                            Hands-on Training/Demonstrations and Farm Tour
                                                      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Farm
                                                      Greensboro, N.C.
Partnering Organizations


Alabama A & M University, Alcorn State University, American Goat Federation, Auburn University, Delaware State University, Florida A & M University, Florida Department of Agriculture(DOACS), Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University, Langston University, Prairie View University, South Carolina State University, Southeastern Small Farmer's Network, Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Tennessee and Virginia State University.

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