A program for beginning farmers, the socially disadvantaged or those with limited resources, has been planned for Friday, March 16 at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon.
Eight speakers will make presentations. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.
The workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Presentations will focus on various programs available to help farmers, including farm loans, the environmental quality incentives program (EQIP), Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Missouri Agricultural and Energy Saving Team (MAESTRO) program, providing energy audits of farm operations.
Presentations will also be made on the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Ozark farmers market and the Lincoln University 2501 program.
Speakers will include: Russ Neill and Kim Webber from the Farm Services Administration (FSA); Diana Sheridan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); James Combs from the USDA's Rural Development program; Amanda Marney from MAESTRO; Paula Champion from the Soil and Water Conservation District; Lane McConnell from the Ozark farmers market and Nanshon Bishop from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension.
The free program is open to the public. Registration is encouraged by March 12, so that adequate supplies are available.
To register, call 417-846-3948 or firstname.lastname@example.org via email.