Beginning and transitioning farmers in Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri sought support and information about how to manage the risk of starting farming. No comprehensive programs existed in these states. State collaborators asked to use the successful Minnesota Farm Beginnings™ training program to help prospective farmers understand and manage their risk by adopting sustainable enterprises with low initial capital costs. Despite an extremely strong track record in Minnesota, the transferability had been untested by beginning farmers in other states. Evaluations of Minnesota course participants and multi-state farmer/lender surveys have articulated the issues that prospective farmers want help addressing. Collaborators assisted in training participants to use family goal-setting, write and use business plans, and establish a support network in order to make their dreams become reality by carefully managing risks. We recruited participants and held an initial course in each state assisting about 54 farm families (about 80 people) in the first year.
Number of Participants: 80
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