So You Want To Farm? We Can Help.
Faced with today’s volatile commodity markets, sky-high production costs and fickle weather, who can possibly make a profit in farming? Mark and Wendy Lange, and about 130 other farm families in Minnesota say they can because of the training received in the Farm Beginnings Program. The Lange’s said the program helped them decide if farming was a viable option for them and what enterprises to consider.
Designed for beginners and experienced farmers, Farm Beginnings is a nine-session program that gives participants the opportunity to set goals to insure a quality of life, and develop business plans to maintain profitability. Graduates of the course now farm a total of more than 6,000 acres in Minnesota.
Much of the success of this program is credited to the farmer instructors, who have made a life and successful business from their farming operations. Continued training is available through a mentor program that pairs participants with cooperating farmers to provide long-term support and advice.
And now Farm Beginnings is coming to Nebraska.
In addition to Farm Beginnings, qualified persons who complete the course in Nebraska may be eligible for zero-interest, revolving livestock loans through the Heifer International program. The course also satisfies the Gold Medal Management training required by USDA’s Beginning Farmer Loan Program.
Limited to 20 families, the deadline for registration is October 24th. The cost is $800.00, but scholarships are available. The program will begin November 5th in Syracuse, Nebraska.
To register contact Paul Rohrbaugh, 402-869-2396 email@example.com, James Peterson 402-426-9455 firstname.lastname@example.org, Martin Kleinschmit, 402-254-6893 email@example.com, Steve Zimmers 402-269-2301 firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension, and Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
- for more information contact Martin Kleinschmit, email@example.com
- or - John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
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