NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

Farms come in all types and sizes, from hundreds of acres to tens of square feet.  Knowing what tools are the best fit for your purpose, scale of operation, and budget can be hard.  An upcoming workshop in Mound Bayou, MS, will be focused on how to select the right equipment for a wide range of farm types.  The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with the support of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is hosting a hands-on, on-farm workshop at the Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center to provide information on small equipment selection and other farm management topics.

NCAT is offering this workshop for new and beginning as well as experienced producers, limited-resource producers, and military veterans.  The workshop will be held at the Alcorn Research Farm in Mound Bayou on November 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NCAT Gulf States Office Regional Director Rockiell Woods, and staff Felicia Bell, sustainable agriculture specialist, and Sam Humphrey,  demonstration farm manager, along with Alcorn State Extension staff, will discuss the following topics:

  • Small equipment options for different scales of operation
  • Safe equipment handling
  • Farm goal-setting, crop planning, and business planning
  • Crop insurance & whole farm insurance
  • Financial planning and recordkeeping
  • Farm liability issues
  • Production risk management

This workshop will highlight the ways that sustainable practices in particular can reduce risk on the farm.  Sustainable production practices can make farms more resilient to extreme weather events, while holistic business planning and management can help buffer farms against fluctuating market conditions.

Woods, Bell, and Humphrey, in addition to their work with NCAT, are also experienced farmers, and have first-hand knowledge of risk management on their own operations.  Their presentations are accessible and applicable to farmers of all experience levels.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided but registration is required. Visit www.ncat.org/events to reserve a spot, or call the NCAT Gulf States Regional Office at 479-575-1385.

For more information about this event, please contact Rock Woods at 479-575-1385, or e-mail him at rockw@ncat.org.

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