A century ago most Americans either grew up on a farm or were just one generation removed from life on the farm. They absorbed their “farming education” mostly first-hand through chores and kitchen table discussions. Today that is not the case, and many would-be farmers have no idea how to get started in the business.
A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension has been planned for those who have been dreaming of green acres. Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, “Considerations for Beginning Farmers” will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator.
The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.
Registration to attend is $25 per person, which includes the program and lunch.
The workshop is scheduled for six dates and locations across the state, beginning September 21 and running through July 2017:
Sept. 21, 2016
UT Middle TN Ag Research & Education Center, Spring Hill
(Registration deadline Sept. 12)
Nov. 9, 2016
Tri-State Exhibition Center, McDonald, TN (Bradley Co.)
(Registration deadline Nov. 1)
Jan. 25, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Montgomery Co.
(Registration deadline Jan. 13, 2017)
March 28, 2017
White Co. Ag Complex (Fairgrounds)
(Registration deadline March 20, 2017)
May 10, 2017
Grainger County Ag. Pavilion
(Registration deadline is May 2, 2017)
July 11, 2017
UT-TSU Extension Office, Madison Co.
(Registration deadline July 3, 2017)
For more information, contact Mitchell Mote in the Rutherford County Extension Office at 615-898-7710.
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Mitchell Mote, Rutherford County Extension Office, 615-898-7710
Rob Holland, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777