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Start to Farm Network begins in north central IA

By Staff | Dec 10, 2016

GARNER (ISUE)- The Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network, organized by Iowa State University Extension, is a state-wide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-stage agricultural producers.

Start to Farm groups will meet to discuss ways to grow and improve business practices and production techniques.

In north central Iowa a group is being organized and a workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 , 2017 at the First Citizens Bank, 2601 Fourth St. SW, in Mason City.

ISU Extension, Iowa Farm Bureau district young farmer program and Ag Ventures Alliance are assisting in organizing the group.

At this first session, farm financial management for a variety of farming enterprises will be emphasized. Kelvin Leibold, an ISU Extension farm management specialist, will lead the discussion on “Understanding what your lender needs.”

Group members will participate in a wide variety of activities including workshops, meetings and tours. The overall goal is for participants to learn about opportunities and gain experience in managing agricultural production operations.

“Our goal is to provide an open atmosphere for discussion, sharing of ideas, and learning about resources for producers who are interested in starting to farm or in their first 10 to 15 years of farming,” said Russ Euken, an ISU Extension livestock specialist. “The group will develop its own focus depending on the needs of its members.”

Registration for the program is requested to reserve a meal, but there is no participation fee.

Contact Euken at the Hancock County ISU Extension office at (641) 923-2856, or Laura Cunningham, Iowa Farm Bureau young farmer district representative at (641) 425-4473.

The Start to Farm project is being funded in part by an ISU Extension grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

For more information, visit the ISU Extension Beginning Farmer Center website or look on Facebook for Iowa Start to Farm or North Iowa Young Farmers.

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