Individual Classes of Farm Beginnings Program Open to the Public

This year we are making individual sessions of the Farm Beginnings program available to the public if they are interested.  Classes are being held on different Saturdays at the Douglas County Extension office on 8015 West Center Rd. in Omaha. If you are interested in attending any of these programs, the cost is $25 a session, payable with a check or cash at the door.  To register contact John Porter, Extension Educator in Urban Ag from Douglas County at (402) 444-7804 or Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County (402) 274-4755. Here is the link to the remainder of the Farm Beginning Sessions: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/nemaha/GarysPDFs/Farm%20Beginnings%20Brochure%202018%20Revised.pdf

 January 27, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Building Your Business Plan

• Farm Planning and Marketing - Paul Rohrbaugh, Natural Grass-fed Beef,

Pasture Poultry and Egg Producer

• Travis Dunekacke – Niche Pork Producer and Marketer

February 3, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Marketing and Farm Planning & Farm Leases

• CSA Organic Vegetable Farm - Evrett Lundquist & Ruth Chantry (Common Good Farms)

February 9-10, 2018 - Healthy Farms Conference – Lincoln, NE

February 24, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Farming in Small Spaces

• Urban farming or space is limiting – John Porter – Extension Educator,UNL

• Farm Leases & other legal matters – Amy Swoboda – Legal Aid of Nebraska

March 3, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Financial Management

• Ralph Tate

March 17, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Farm Loan Opportunities and Crop Insurance

• Farm Loan Programs & Resources for Beginning Farmers – Karla Bahm from NE

Department of Ag; NAP Crop Insurance, FSA Loans & Microloans, USDA Farm Service

Agency Representatives - Wes Finkner or Gina Essink

March 24, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Marketing and Finances

• Organic Crops and Direct Market Poultry and Beef – Dave & Deb Welsch,

West Blue Farms and

• Enterprise Budgets for Entrepreneurs - Rex Nelson, Extension Educator-UNL

April 7, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Food Safety & Farmer’s Responsibility, Farming on an Acreage & SARE Resources

• Connie Fisk, Northwest Regional Extension Associate

• Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator Nemaha County & SARE State Coordinator

April 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – What Have We Learned?

• Farm Beginnings® Graduate Presentations

April 28, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

• Presentations of Farm and Business Plans by Farm Beginnings® Participants

For additional information contact Extension Educator, Gary Lesoing, Nemaha County Extension, 402-274-4755  or gary.lesoing@unl.edu