Farmers’ Breakfast Series to run from January to February

Ohio State University Extension will host a Farmers’ Breakfast Series in Wintersville every other Friday January to February, 2018, with the first session beginning on Jan. 12. Each session will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will cover farm management topics for local producers and provide opportunities for networking with local farmers, agencies, and industry experts.

With the number of challenges for small farms increasing each year, it has become more and more challenging for individuals who would like to farm to get started. Finding a market niche, improving efficiency in operations, and knowing where to look for financial aid are critical for making a farm successful.

The 2018 schedule for the four session series is as follows:

  • Jan. 12 – King’s Restaurant, Wintersville – Considerations for the Beginning Farmer: Where to Start – presented by Erika Lyon, OSU Extension Educator in Jefferson County. The first session is a general introduction to common questions that a producer will have to decide on and will help those thinking about purchasing a farm or just getting started decide what will work best for them.
  • Jan. 26 – King’s Restaurant, Wintersville – Financing a Niche Farm – presented by Rob Whinnery, Farm Service Agency Area Director and Lisa Baird, Farm Service Agency Loan Specialist. Unsure of what financial opportunities are available for agricultural producers? Learn about what the USDA-FSA has to offer local producers.
  • Feb 9 – King’s Restaurant, Wintersville – Direct Marketing a Farm in Jefferson County – Clint Finney, Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Technician and local farmer. Learn about how to direct market your product to local consumers using online and offline techniques from Clint, a local livestock producer who has had extensive experience marketing products from his farm.
  • Feb. 23 – King’s Restaurant, Wintersville – Insurance for the Farm – get your questions answered about what type of insurance you should have for your farm, including liability, property, etc. from Adam Perzanowski and Dan Milleson from Nationwide Insurance.

There is no cost for the series presentations, but bring cash for breakfast. Pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the OSU Extension office at 740-264-2212 or send an email to [email protected] one week before each session. Have questions about other farm management subjects? Contact Erika Lyon at 740-264-2212 ext. 203.

For more information on Jefferson and Harrison Extension programs, visit jefferson.osu.edu or harrison.osu.edu. Sign up for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Newsletter to receive information and updates on a variety of farm management topics and other agricultural interests by contacting OSU Extension in Steubenville.