LSU AgCenter offers financial, marketing training for new farmers

LSU AgCenter offers financial, marketing training for new farmers

(The LSU AgCenter has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Southern Extension Risk Management Education (SERME) to cater to the needs of beginning horticulture farm operators.

In a survey conducted by the Louisiana Young Farmers Coalition, members identified several marketing and financial topics of great need for beginning farmer training, including business management, marketing, enterprise diversification and record keeping.

This program will offer a series of webinars, hands-on workshops and farm tours to train new farmers, making them more resilient to risk, particularly in the areas of finance and marketing.

The financial component focuses on financial risk diversification through financial literacy, preparation of an accurate and informative system of financial statements and the use of enterprise budgets and partial budgets. Other topics include ag-lenders and nontraditional lenders, land leasing and access to land. In addition, in-person workshops on computer bookkeeping programs, grant writing and loan applications will be offered.

 

 

 

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