Farm Beginnings Class to be Offered in Western Nebraska - UNL CropWatch April 26, 2013
May 10, 2013
Topics, and Speakers
May 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Building Networks, Value Clarification and Goal Setting
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension will begin its first Farm Beginnings® Program at the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson Extension Office in North Platte on May 25.
UNL Extension received a USDA grant to facilitate the Farm Beginnings® Program to provide education, training, and support to help producers who want to evaluate and plan for their farm enterprise.
Participants engage in a mentorship experience, network with successful, innovative farmers, and attend practical, high quality seminars, field days, and conferences.
The program is unique in that several successful farmers participate in the program as presenters, explaining first-hand the nuts and bolts of their farming operation. While any beginning farmer would benefit from attending these training sessions, most of the farmers who present are from small to medium farms that produce and market diversified and value-added products. Many of these farmers direct market their products.
The Farm Beginnings® Program consists of a series of 10 sessions from May to October that cover a variety of topics, including building networks, goal setting, whole farm planning, building your business plan, marketing, business and farm management and financial management. In addition to learning first-hand from successful farmers, participants will develop their own business plan as they progress through the course. The program also includes tours of a greenhouse and hoop house in May and several farms in the summer. If interested, participants also can work with a farmer mentor.
Cost of the total program is $500; scholarships are available. For more information about the program contact Randy Saner, extension educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-200-1381. A brochure and application are available for download at lincolnmcpherson.unl.edu.