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Starting or Refining an Agricultural Business

October 17, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Do you have idle land you would like to grow something on? Are you looking to earn extra income by growing something? Do you already grow a product but would like to make more money from it by adding value to it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or you have an agriculture business idea and don’t know where to go with it, then I invite you to participate in an informative three-part workshop to assist people with learning how to get started in an agriculture business or to develop a new product from something they already grow.

The workshops will be held on October 17, 24, and November 1, from 6–9 pm, at the Spruce Pine Campus of Mayland Community College. Topics include: I Have An Idea – Where Do I Begin; Managing The Farm As A Business; How To Sell and Add Value To What You Grow.

Speakers Include:

Session 1 – Peter Marks – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Peter will begin this session by helping us think about our business ideas and the regulatory issues revolving around them. This way we will ensure that we are in compliance with those regulations and start off on the right foot. This will be followed by a checklist of questions that will help to determine your preparedness for your business ideas and how well they will fit in with other farming activities. Next, he will guide us through some of the marketing opportunities that exist for farmers in our region and help to clarify which of these might be best for you. Finally, he will help us take a look at planning related to individual enterprise budgets, as showing how to determine how much each farming activity costs the farm and how much it needs to contribute back to the farm.

This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21817

Session 2 – Managing The Farm As A Business: Gary Bullen – NCSU Agricultural Economics

Details to be announced.

Session 3 – How To Sell and Add Value To What You Grow

Details to be announced.

Workshop sponsors include, N.C. Cooperative Extension Mitchell County Center, Mayland Community College and N.C. REAL.

Preregistration is required so that we can properly prepare for all participants. There is no fee for this series and you are free to attend only the sessions that best address your individual needs.

To register, call the Mitchell County Extension Center, 828-688-4811.

Jeremy DeLisle
Associate Area Ag Agent
NC Cooperative Extension Service
P.O Box 366
Bakersville, NC 28705
Mitchell: 828-688-4811
Yancey: 828-682-6186


October 17, 2011
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mayland Community College – Main Campus
200 Mayland Drive
Spruce Pine, 28777
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