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Are you looking for information about agriculture in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming? Do you want information about a local event? Do you need to check on Lygus bug development? The Big Horn CropSite is designed to offer information and links for producers. I keep it simple, uncluttered, and easy to use. Your suggestions are always welcome – Sandra Frost “Frosty”.
Crop Storage Workshop
Speaker: Dr. Ken Hellevang
When: December 4, 2013 - 9am to 3pm
Where: UW Research & Extension Center; 747 Road 9, Powell, WY
Learn about grain storage management, natural air drying, and safety from the man who wrote the book.
December 11-12 (Powell)
CDL Study Groups
December 17-19 (Powell)
January 22-24 (Greybull)
Building Farmers in the West
January 7 - February 25, 2014
Tuesdays - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
UW Research and Extension Center
747 Road 9
Click for applications, brochure, flyer, and more information
Wyoming Building Farmers in the West builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom work, networking, and mentoring for beginning farmers and ranchers. The USDA defines beginning producers as those with less than 10 years of experience. The classroom program is a series of eight (8) evening classes designed to explore farming as a business and provide tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business planning and management skills. Building Farmers in the West also offers a Mentor Program where beginning farmers/ranchers are paired with experienced producers to provide support.
- Develop business goals and objectives that align with their values and resources
- Develop a business plan
- Describe their personal management strengths and weaknesses and build a plan to address their weaknesses and leverage their strengths
- Project input requirements and costs
- Understand how successful producers asses and manage risk
- Access a network of community resources
As of May 2012, Building Farmers in the West had reached over 300 producers in six states. Given feedback from community partners who worked with previous program participants in Colorado, we expect at least 10% will have made such significant progress on their business plans that they will be able to acquire additional capital (land, water, financing), establish new markets, or complete the requirements to participate in government programs within 18 months of completing the course.
Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Once a month Sandra Frost, Extension Educator for Crops, publishes a newsletter with items of interest to farmers and ranchers. Topics may include crop research, variety trials, federal regulatory information, market items, an upcoming workshop, etc.