Program aims to help area farmers with their businesses

Local farmers and ranchers can refine and enhance their business development, management and marketing skills at the Nevada Building Farmers Program class series in Las Vegas.

Co-sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Utah State University Extension and the USDA — Risk Management Agency, classes are designed to help newer and experienced farmers learn the tools to succeed in direct market outlets.

The series of three classes will be held Sept. 17, 18 and Oct. 1 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, and by interactive video in Tonopah, Caliente and Pahrump.

“The program thrives on participation from producers of all levels of experience,” said Kynda Curtis, Utah State University Extension agricultural marketing specialist. “Farmers and ranchers will develop new connections in their local areas for inputs, specialized production, extending the growing season, marketing outlets, and credit and loan programs.”

As part of the program, participants complete a business plan that includes feedback from peers and local experts. Participants also will have the opportunity for mentorships with experienced farmers and other chances to gain direct market sales experience.

Registration fee is $150 for all three sessions and includes lunch and program materials. Meals allow opportunities for participants to network.

Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Registration forms and further information is available at http://apecextension.usu.edu/htm/nevadabuildingfarmers or contact Curtis at kynda.curtis@usu.edu or 435-797-0444.

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