Tuesday, April 03, 2007

House Committee Urged to Consider Funding for Beginning Farmers

Karen Stettler who is Farm Beginnings Director for the Land Stewardship Project recently testified before the House Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research Agriculture Subcommittee about a proposed program to assist those beginning in agriculture.

"LSP’s Farm Beginnings program is a farmer-led educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise. Individuals enrolled in the program participate in a 10 month course where they attend classes focused on values clarification, goal setting, whole farm planning, business plan development, as well as attendance of on-farm workshops highlighting low-cost, sustainable farming methods."

Karen focused her testimony on:
  1. Opportunities that are available for new farmers and ranchers in agriculture;
  2. Obstacles beginning farmers and ranchers face in getting started; and
  3. Public policy solutions to help address some of the barriers beginning farms face such as struggles to obtain reasonable credit and the lack of access to beginning farmer and rancher education and training programs.

Read the full testimony here it is very good.

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