Are you ready to take your farm to the next level?
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from farmers who would like to participate in the “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” training course.
This six-part course will equip farmers and ranchers with the business and financial management skills necessary to operate successful and sustainable farm businesses for the long-term. Participants will set meaningful goals for their farm businesses and will receive the informational tools, resources, and support to make progress towards those goals.
The training series will take place in person for a cohort of 30 farmers and ranchers in the Ozarks region. Participants will commit to attending all six training sessions over the course of six months. Activities also will include completing homework assignments and participating in group discussions.
Participants will receive training and support on whole-farm planning, business plan development, and financial management. Other topics will include access to capital, recordkeeping, and market development. NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions with contributions from USDA agency staff, business experts, and experienced crop and livestock producers.
Applicants, Dates, Location, and Cost
Ideal applicants are beginning farmers and ranchers who have been farming for at least three years. Applicants should have a strong grasp on sustainable production techniques, but need advanced business management skills in order to take their farms to the next level.
Training sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the following dates:
• November 13, 2018
• December 11, 2018
• January 8, 2019
• February 12, 2019
• March 12, 2019
• April 9, 2019
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and selected participants will be notified no later than October 12. Selected participants must commit to attending all six in-person trainings.
There is a $50 registration fee for selected participants. To apply, complete the online form at https://www.ncat.org/next_level/.
Please contact Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-442-9824 if you have questions about this program. Visit https://attra.ncat.org/beginning-farmer/ to view ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture’s online publications, webinars, and tutorials for beginning farmers.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology will organize and host “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level.” Financial support comes from a Southern SARE Education grant (LS18-292).