COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Landowners and transitional farmers looking to turn their small acreage into profits should make plans to attend a two-day course designed to help them learn how to best utilize their land and other resources and start a successful small farm enterprise.
Extension agents frequently field calls from landowners with small acreages and limited knowledge of agricultural production and marketing. These landowners wonder what they should farm and what they should do so that farming is profitable. “That’s a really hard set of questions to answer since so many different variables affect a farm’s success,” said John Campbell, an area farm management specialist with University of Tennessee Extension.
Campbell is one of several area farm management specialists serving landowners throughout the state. His area of responsibility includes Decatur, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne counties. “These workshops are ideal for small acreage landowners and hobbyists considering a new agricultural enterprise,” he said. “Our goal is for participants to leave this course with a better understanding of the steps to consider when selecting, planning and successfully operating a small farm.”
Workshop topics will address issues such as financial planning, enterprise selection, soil fertility and suitability, direct marketing, value-added enterprises, agri-tourism, beekeeping, small flock poultry, regulations and vegetable and fruit production. Presenters will be county agents and specialists from UT Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension. Each participant will receive a notebook and compact disc containing workshop presentations and resource materials.
The “Developing Successful Small Farm Enterprises” course will held at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill on February 25 and 26, 2013. Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.
The cost of the workshop is $50 per person if registered prior to February 1, 2013. Registration after that date is $60 per person. Pre-registration is required as enrollment is limited. The registration fee includes workshop materials, sessions and lunch each day.
UT Extension operates in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties as the off-campus division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. An educational outreach organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, UT Extension, in cooperation with Tennessee State University, brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth and community development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.
John Campbell, UT Extension Area Farm Management Specialist, 931-375-5301, firstname.lastname@example.org