Beginning Farmer & Rancher Workshops!

With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant Program, the Center for Rural Affairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society sponsored six beginning farmer and rancher workshops in Nebraska.  These workshops focused on the beginning farmer and rancher.  Three workshops focused on the concepts of mob grazing and/or marketing grass-fed beef.  Following lunch there will be a session on beginning business planning.  During these session participants will learn about basic business principles, i.e. 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.

There are two remaining workshops that focus on the beginning farmer and vegetable/fruit production.  At these workshops successful produce growers will discuss their operations and the various production and marketing strategies they use on their farms.  Following lunch there will be a session on beginning business planning.  During these session participants will learn about basic business principles, i.e. net worth, cash flow, income profit and loss statements and how these can be important business tools in a vegetable/fruit production operation.  Below are listed the remaining two vegetable/fruit production workshops.

On April 12th, at the UNL Agriculture Research and Development Center near Mead, NE Kevin and Charuth Loth will discuss their organic vegetable/flower operation at Shadowbrook Farm and how they produce both in high tunnels and in the field.  They will describe their different marketing strategies of selling off the farm, through a CSA, at several farmers markets, and wholesale to different outlets.  After lunch, Dave Welsch will conduct his program on beginning business planning for a produce farm.

On April 16th in Omaha, NE Ryan Pekarek from Pekarek Produce will explain his family’s vegetable operation and the marketing options they practice.  Ryan and his wife Katie produce a variety of vegetables on their farm.  They also utilize a high tunnel and grow much of their produce in the field.  They market their produce off the farm, at farmers markets, wholesale to grocery stores and to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through the Buy-Fresh-Local Program.  Following lunch Dave will lead a session in beginning business planning for the produce farmer.

All of these workshops are FREE and include: refreshments, lunch, some resources as part of the workshops.  Pre-registration prior to each workshop is required so we can plan accordingly for lunch and handouts.  Date, time and location of the remaining workshops are listed below.  To register call GaryLesoing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Nemaha County at (402) 274-4755.

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