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Tama County Grows: 5 new workshops to make the most of your fertile Tama soil

Tama County is a part of one of the fastest growing food system regions in Iowa with a clear need to cultivate the next generation of local food producers. This winter, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State Extension will be hosting five workshops for beginning farmers and value added producers meant to answer the important questions and make sound decisions as they start a new farm business.

All workshops cost $10 and have limited attendance so please register ahead.  To register, print the registration form here and mail your form and fee to the Iowa Valley RC&D.

  • Business Management and Decision Making on the Farm
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 | 1-5 pm
    Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street, Grinnell
    How to use enterprise budgets to make pricing, product mix, and production changes, use partial budgets to make investment decisions like machinery and land, and how to use whole-farm records to evaluate how your business is doing and make educated business decisions
  • Legal Strategies of Land Acquisition and Transfer for Beginning Farmers
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 | 1-4 pm
    Linn County ISU Extension Office,  3279 – 7th Avenue, Suite 140, Marion
    Different forms of purchasing, leasing, and renting land; details into land transfers; introduction to county zoning and subdivision rules
  • Food Safety and Handling 101
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 1-5 pm
    Linn County ISU Extension Office,  3279 – 7th Avenue, Suite 140, Marion
    Food safety requirements that institutions or other buyers may require to be able to market a product
  • Production Management and Land Stewardship
    Saturday, February 19, 2011 | 1-5 pm
    Linn County ISU Extension Office,  3279 – 7th Avenue, Suite 140, Marion
    Record keeping, rotation management; cost share programs that beginning farmers can use to install vegetated buffers, ponds, fencing, cover crops, rotational grazing paddocks
  • Merchandising and Marketing
    Saturday, March 12, 2011 | 1-5 pm
    Linn County ISU Extension Office,  3279 – 7th Avenue, Suite 140, Marion
    Pros and cons of marketing options and best practices with each option (farmers markets, local grain elevator, restaurants, wholesale to groceries, distributors, schools)

For listing of other entrepreneurial engagements within in a one hour driving radius of Tama County click here.

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