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A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

Join NCAT Agriculture Specialists Lee Rinehart and Andy Pressman at the Kentucky State University Third Thursday Thing to learn farm planning strategies that can lower risks, increase profits, and improve production. The workshop will take place on Jan. 19 in Frankfort, KY, and will partially coincide with a workshop scheduled on growing grapes. Attendees at the farm planning workshop, which will run from noon to 3 p.m., will receive free ATTRA resources and farm planning books.

Lowering Risks and Increasing Profits for the Small Farm

Andy Pressman will lead this session on the importance of whole-farm planning as a means to lowering risks and increasing farm profits. It will use the whole-farm planning process as a tool for developing a farm business plan. Participants will learn methods for setting personal and farm goals as well as steps to guide the decision-making process. Participants will also learn about critical components in farm planning, such as understanding scales of production, market research, farm finances, and recordkeeping.

Write an Amazing Grazing Plan!

Workshop participants completing a group activity on farm planning.In this session, Lee Rinehart will teach participants how to assess their forages and match them to livestock needs. Attendees will learn which tools to use, how to plan paddocks, and how to sharpen their recordkeeping. This workshop will give farmers guidelines for writing or updating their own grazing plan with tips for adjusting to their operation’s changing needs.

More Information

KSU’s Third Thursday Thing workshops take place each month on sustainable agriculture topics. Small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information and directions to the event site, visit http://kysu.edu/academics/cafsss/research-extension/cooperative-extension/third-thursday-thing/.

For more information about ATTRA’s sustainable agriculture resources, visit https://attra.ncat.org/.

Webinar: Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers

Webinar: Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers

View the webinar here. Scaling up to meet the demands of wholesale or institutional markets requires careful planning and recordkeeping. NCAT Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman will present a webinar on Dec. 14 to introduce strategies for crop planning. The free webinar will begin at noon EST/11 a.m. CST and will last one hour. The webinar… Continue Reading

Farm Foundations Workshop Helps Beginning Farmers Plan for Success

Farm Foundations Workshop Helps Beginning Farmers Plan for Success

Farm Foundations: Planning for Success Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale traveled to Kentucky to help conduct a workshop for beginning farmers on Saturday, May 21. Margo teamed up with Program Specialist Andy Pressman from NCAT’s Northeast office, Mike Lewis of Growing Warriors, and Dr. Shawn Lucas of St. Catharine College’s Berry Farming Program to present… Continue Reading

Veterans: Apply Today for NCAT’s Armed to Farm Training

Veterans: Apply Today for NCAT’s Armed to Farm Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Fayetteville, AR. The event will take place June 6-10, 2016. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as… Continue Reading

FoodCorps Arkansas Winter Wrap-up

FoodCorps Arkansas Winter Wrap-up

For FoodCorps Arkansas, wintertime was a whirlwind of community events, taste tests, and celebrations. Hellstern Middle School service member Noa Borkan attended the grand opening of the Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville, AR, to speak on behalf of her school and accept a Whole Kids Grant of $2,000. Several service members in Springdale organized a Family… Continue Reading

NCAT Southeast Year in Review

NCAT Southeast Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on what we’ve accomplished through our programs such as FoodCorps, Armed to Farm, and ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture. It was a busy year at NCAT Southeast! FoodCorps Arkansas in Action The 2015-2016 service term began September 1, 2015. In just three and a half months, our 10 FoodCorps… Continue Reading

NCAT Intern Alum Spotlight: Checking In With Dr. Chelsey Ahrens

NCAT Intern Alum Spotlight: Checking In With Dr. Chelsey Ahrens

In October, the Southeast office staff was delighted to host one of our former interns, Chelsey Ahrens, for a day of training and resource-sharing. Chelsey interned with us back in the summer of 2009, when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She helped produce several resources for the ATTRA… Continue Reading

Survey Says: Armed to Farm Program Helps Veteran Farmers

Survey Says: Armed to Farm Program Helps Veteran Farmers

About Armed to Farm Armed to Farm is a sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans developed by the National Center for Appro­priate Technology (NCAT). The program consists of a week-long training that includes a mix of educational classes, farm tours, and hands-on activities at successful livestock, crop, and agritourism operations. In July 2015 we… Continue Reading

Veterans: Apply Now for Agriculture Conference Scholarship

Veterans: Apply Now for Agriculture Conference Scholarship

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (SSAWG) annual conference. The popular conference, which is being held January 27 through January 30 in Lexington, Kentucky, focuses on practical tools and solutions to build the necessary bridges between farmers, marketers, ag professionals, and local-food system advocates.… Continue Reading

Register Now for Free Sustainable Livestock Workshop

How can a farmer establish a successful sustainable livestock operation? Like any other business enterprise, planning is the key to building a solid farm foundation. On October 15-16, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the University of Arkansas will offer a workshop, “Farm Foundations: Planning for Success,” at Cedar Creek Farm in Cedarville,… Continue Reading