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      Workshops Scheduled for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

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      The Center for RuralAffairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska SustainableAgriculture Society are hosting six beginning farmer and rancher workshops in April across Nebraska.

      Three of the workshops will focus on the concepts of mob grazing and/ormarketing grass-fed beef, while the other three will focus on the beginningfarmer and vegetable/fruit production.

      The mob grazing and/or marketing grass-fed beef workshop will featureestablished farmers and ranchers that use one or both of these concepts. Theywill speak about their operations and answer questions.

      An attorney from LegalAid of Nebraska will discuss pasture leases right before lunch. Following lunchthere will be a session on beginning business planning, where participants willlearn about basic business principles, such as net worth, cash flow, incomeprofit and loss statements and how these can be important business tools in amob grazing and grass-fed beef operation.

      At the vegetable/fruit production workshops, established produce growers willdiscuss their operations and the various production and marketing strategiesthey use on their farms. Beginning business planning principles also will bediscussed and explained for use in a vegetable/fruit farm.

      The workshops are funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's BeginningFarmer and Rancher Grant Program and thus are free to participants.

      The workshops include refreshments, lunch and some resources as part ofthe workshops.

      Pre-register at least three days before each event, by calling GaryLesoing, UNL Extension in Nemaha County, at 402-274-4755.

      Workshop dates, times, locations and focus are:

      • April 3: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 920 S. 20th St., Norfolk, Mobgrazing and grass-fed beef
      • April 4: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1071County Road G, Ithaca, mob grazing and grass-fed beef
      • April 8: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., UNL Extension in Lancaster County, 444 CherrycreekRd., Suite A, Lincoln, vegetable/fruit production
      • April 9: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ramada Inn, 301 S. Second Ave., Kearney, mob grazingand grass-fed beef
      • April 12: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center,1071 County Road G, Ithaca, vegetable/fruit production
      • April 16: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., UNL Extension in Douglas Sarpy Counties, 8015 W.Center Rd., Omaha, vegetable/fruit production.

      Courtesy- University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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