Friday, January 18, 2008

Grow Your Farm Statewide Seminars

Prospective farmers, beginners with little experience or even seasoned farmers looking for new ideas can get a jump-start by attending Grow Your Farm, an educational program offered at sites across the state by University of Missouri Extension.

“The program will connect people considering a farm career with successful farm operators and business experts,” said Debi Kelly, Missouri Alternatives Center project manager.

The course meets 11 times over a 16- to 18-week period. Classes will include eight seminars and three farm tours.

Course emphasis will include goal creation, assessing market opportunities, planning a farm operation, understanding rural legal issues and keeping track of finances.

“Most of the sessions will focus on business planning and selecting the kind of enterprise best suited for the individual’s skills and resources,” she said.

Along with an instructor, most classes will have successful farmers discussing their enterprises.

Site locations and starting dates are Rolla, Jan. 21; Mountain Grove, Jan. 22; Lebanon, Jan. 24; Macon, Feb. 5; Columbia, Feb. 7; St. Joseph, Feb. 11; Hillsboro, Feb. 12; Warrensburg, late Feb. date to be set; Nevada, April 3.

Course fee is $300 per farm business for two people, which includes course materials. Each additional person from the same farm is $25.

For more information or to register, call Debi Kelly at 573-882-1905 or e-mail

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