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UNCE, USU sponsor Nevada Building Farmers

Posted 8/28/2012

Program helps agriculture producers expand, improve their business

Farmers and ranchers can refine and enhance their business development, management and marketing skills at the Nevada Building Farmers Program class series in Las Vegas.

Co-sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Utah State University Extension and the USDA - Risk Management Agency, classes are designed to help both newer and experienced farmers learn the tools to succeed in direct market outlets.

The series of three classes will be held on Sept. 17, Sept. 18 and Oct. 1 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas, and by interactive video in Tonopah, Caliente and Pahrump.

Kynda Curtis, Utah State University Extension agricultural marketing specialist, said the class series is designed for:

  • newer farmers and ranchers needing help with direct marketing.
  • experienced farmers and ranchers looking to retool, refine and enhance their current business.
  • next generation farmers and ranchers returning to the family farm and seeking new or alternative enterprises to enhance existing production.

“Consumer demand for local foods has increased dramatically in the last couple of years, providing an excellent opportunity for local agricultural producers,” Curtis said.

The Nevada Building Famers Program aims to help farmers by focusing on building and reinforcing capacity through interaction with Extension, producer peers and community resources. The program also aims to build a strong community network among producers involved in direct marketing and their suppliers and customers.

“The program thrives on participation from producers of all levels of experience,” said Curtis. “Farmers and ranchers will develop new connections in their local areas for inputs, specialized production, extending the growing season, marketing outlets, and credit and loan programs.”

As part of the program, participants complete a business plan that includes feedback from peers and local experts. Participants will also have the opportunity for mentorships with experienced farmers and other chances to gain direct market sales experience.

Registration fee is $150 for all three sessions and includes lunch and program materials. Meals allow opportunities for participants to network, and the class series runs from 9 a.m. to to 4:30 p.m.

Registration forms and further information is available at apecextension.usu.edu/htm/nevadabuildingfarmers or contact Kynda Curtis at kynda.curtis@usu.edu or 435-797-0444. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

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