Beginning Farmer and Rancher Workshops Scheduled for April - UNL CropWatch, March 20, 2013

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Workshops Scheduled for April - UNL CropWatch, March 20, 2013

March 22, 2013

Dates and Locations

April 3 – Norfolk, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 920 S. 20th St., mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 4 – UNL ARDC, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 8 – Lincoln, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Extension in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., Suite A, vegetable/fruit production

April 9 – Kearney, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ramada Inn, 301 S. Second Ave., mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 12 – UNL ARDC, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, vegetable/fruit production

April 16 – Omaha, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Rd., vegetable/fruit production.

Beginning farmer and rancher workshops will be held at six Nebraska sites in April.

Three of the workshops will focus on the concepts of mob grazing and/or marketing grass-fed beef, while the other three will focus on the beginning farmer and vegetable/fruit production.

In the mob grazing and/or marketing grass-fed beef workshop, farmers and ranchers who use one or both of these concepts will discuss their operations and answer questions. An attorney from Legal Aid of Nebraska will discuss pasture leases.

The afternoon will feature a session on beginning business planning, where participants will learn basic business principles, such as net worth, cash flow, income profit and loss statements, and how these can be important business tools in a mob grazing and grass-fed beef operation.

At the vegetable/fruit production workshops, established produce growers will discuss their operations and the various production and marketing strategies they use. Beginning business planning principles and their use in a vegetable/fruit farm also will be explained.

The free workshops are funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant Program and are offered by the Center for Rural Affairs, UNL Extension, and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society.

Pre-register at least three days before each event, by calling Gary Lesoing, UNL Extension in Nemaha County, at 402-274-4755.

Dates and Locations

April 3 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 920 S. 20th St., Norfolk, mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 4 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 8 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Extension in Lancaster County, 444 Cherrycreek Rd., Suite A, Lincoln, vegetable/fruit production

April 9 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ramada Inn, 301 S. Second Ave., Kearney, mob grazing and grass-fed beef

April 12 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, vegetable/fruit production

April 16 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UNL Extension in Douglas Sarpy Counties, 8015 W. Center Rd., Omaha, vegetable/fruit production.