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Food as a Business Initiative of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program

  • Award Amount: $50,000
  • Regional Center: Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2018 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Clinton Neill
  • Email: cneill@vt.edu
  • Organization: Virginia Tech University

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Project Overview

The initiative enhanced whole farm planning (WFP) programming for beginning farmers in Virginia by integrating risk management education and outreach. This enhanced the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP), a coalition-based/statewide Extension program that provides WFP training, resources, and mentoring for beginning farmers. This project provided much needed risk management education for a diversity of beginning farmers with who are in search of basic business training support and resources in Virginia. Educational tools were developed through three workshops, online webinars, and annual VBFRCP in-service training.  Webinars, case stories, and YouTube videos were offered and posted online. We provided culturally appropriate examples and instruction on financial and legal risk management. As a result, 200 beginning farmers are more successfully managing and mitigating risk associated with starting and diversifying a food related business, and future VBFRCP service providers will be trained via an online business management course offered as components of our Food as a Business toolkit. Finally, a business planning guidebook is publicly available to all value-added producers and food businesses looking for assistance from small business development centers across the state. 


Number of Participants: 182

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