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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Webinar Series Archive

Below you will find all the previously recorded webinars featured in the VBF&R Webinar Series.  

Gaining Access to Farmland:  Economic Considerations of Farm Leasing    February 19, 2014

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Presenter:  Dr. Gordon Groover, Extension Economist Farm Management, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Summary:  When someone thinks of a farm lease, the first thought usually is, “how much will I pay or get paid?” This often occurs before the tenant or landlord have even meet or discussed any terms. However, the main thought process should quickly shift to, “how can we reach a fair and beneficial arrangement for farmland and improvements?” Focusing on price does ground the process on financial terms yet it “short-circuits" the process of systematically discussing the contributions each is providing to ensure a viable arrangement. For example, what kind of land and improvements can be offered by the land owner?  What kind of experience, skills, management, machinery, and/or livestock can be offered by the land seeker?  These types of questions are a sample of what needs to be analyzed to achieve a fair lease arrangement. This webinar will focus on basic economic considerations of leasing, establishing a negotiation range, and valuation of assets and other inputs supplied by the leaseholder and/or landlord--- together designed to help farmers address those important farm leasing questions. 


Connecting Beginning Farmers to New Markets:  Start-up Advice & Resources for Gaining Access to Farmers Markets 

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Panel Presenters:  

Leanne DuBois,  VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Grown Program
Ellen Stewart, Blacksburg Farmers Market
Meredith Ledlie, Virginia Cooperative Extension,  Family Nutrition Program

Summary:   Farmers markets are a growth industry in Virginia and the nation and a great venue for new farmers to reach customers and sell products.  This panel discussion covers three related themes to help you gain access to farmers markets.  First, learn about farmers markets in the state, unique marketing opportunities and resources available to assist in marketing and promotion through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).   Next, learn a few “best practices” for applying and participating in a local market.  There are many variations in farmers markets.  How do you find the best fit for your business?   How do you apply?   Third, learn the ins and outs of accepting SNAP benefits (food stamps) at the farmers market or by applying for your own machine as a new vendor, discussed  by our Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program.   


Access to Land:  The Leasing Option (Legal Aspects of Leasing Land for Beginners    

Slides (downloadable)

Presenter:  Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech

Summary:   Rented farmland is essential to virtually every full-time farming operation and many part-time Virginia farmers. Leasing farmland is particularly important for new and beginning farmers. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, over 15,000 farms in Virginia lease a total of nearly 3,000,000 acres of farmland in the state.  This webinar will cover the basic legal issues involved in farm leasing.  These and other questions will be covered:  Why should you have a written lease? What issues should the lease consider? What does all the legal jargon really mean? What happens if the lease expires and I still have crops to harvest? 


 Access to Credit:  Farm Credit - A Partnership for all Farmers   August 21, 2013  

Slides (downloadable) 

Presenters:  Paul Eberly, Commercial Team Leader & Capital Markets, Teresa Harris, Regional Lending Manager

Summary:   Farm Credit is a nationwide system of cooperatives formed almost 100 years ago specifically to provide financing to farmers.  In this series, you will learn about the types of loans available, with experienced loan officers walking  you through the information needed to apply for a loan, how to prepare that information and  why.  Whether you are applying for your first loan to purchase land, operating money or equipment or if you are considering an expansion of your operation, this beginning farmer webinar will explain how to make your application process more successful and less stressful.


Program Resources and Opportunities through the Natural Resources Conservation Service July 17, 2013

Slides (downloadable)

Presenter:    Ms. Karri Honaker,  Soil Conservationist, NRCS

Summary:   How can beginning farmers and NRCS work together?  NRCS, the “Natural Resource Conservation Service,” is an agency under USDA working to help landowners conserve, enhance and restore the land. It helps people address resource concerns and implement practices to improve upon those resource concerns. Beginning farmers can benefit from working with NRCS in a number of different ways. There are funds geared specifically toward beginning farmers along with technical assistance and numerous other resources. In this webinar, we will discuss what NRCS does and how beginning farmers can become more involved.

Agroforestry Opportunities June 2013

PowerPoint Presentation (downloadable)

Presenters:   
Dr. John Fike, Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
Dr. John Munsell, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech

Summary:   Agroforestry is a land-management system that combines trees and crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry systems improve yields by optimizing tree and crop interactions. They also enhance farm and forestland conservation and resiliency. In this webinar, the principles and practices of agroforestry will be discussed, with specific attention paid to opportunities for silvopasture, forest farming, and multifunctional riparian buffers.  This webinar presentation serves as a practical overview of agroforestry concepts and practices for beginning and transitioning farmer and rancher audiences.


AGR Lite Crop Insurance for Establishing Farmers:  A Potential Option to Manage Risk for Your Farm

PowerPoint Presentation (downloadable)

Presenters Include:  Ms. Jennifer Lamb, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Summary:  This webinar given by Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will provide an introduction to risk management policies for diversified producers in Central Appalachia with a particular focus on AGR Lite and Non Insured Disaster Assistance (NAP) programs.  The webinar begins with a basic summary of the work of Appalachian Sustainable Development and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the United States Department of Agriculture.  A more detailed picture is given of the risk management policies available to producers in this region and how to use some free online tools, such as the AGR Lite Wizard developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) to access what options might be right for your farm.  Income comparisons under different loss scenarios are also made between AGR lite and NAP.  The presentation concludes by linking producers to ways they can identify an agent to purchase policies and providing links to additional resources.


Farm Transition Hurdles and Strategies May 2013

Presenters Include:  Mr. Mathew Miller, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Summary:  Transitioning the farm from one generation to the next is an essential component to ensuring farmland preservation and community viability.   This makes farm transitions a key issue for beginning farmers.   This webinar focuses on real world examples and step-by-step strategies to tackling the daunting task of initiating the farm transition process and establishing a road map for success.  Mathew Miller draws upon his experience with the farm business management team with Virginia Cooperative Extension as well as his personal experience undergoing an intergenerational family farm transfer. 


 

Business Assistance Resources for Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ag Entrepreneurs  April 2013

Presenters include: Mr. Stephen Versen from Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Summary: Politicians love small businesses; they also love farmers.  As a result, farmers and entrepreneurs in Ag-based businesses enjoy a bigger suite of government assistance programs than just about any other group.  However, there is also a lot of confusion about what really is available:  reasonable loans to beginning farmers (yes), grants to raise alpacas (no).  To help sort all this out, Stephen Versen, a Project Manager in the Agriculture and Forestry Development Services unit at VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), will be discussing some of the most useful state and federal programs and answering your questions about accessing them.  Major topics discussed are USDA loan and grant programs, as well as assistance available through the Commonwealth of Virginia, including:  the Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest programs and the new Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).


Exploring Best Food Safety Practices and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certification for Virginia Beginning Farmers   March 2013

Presenters include:  Mr. Wythe Morris from Virginia Cooperative Extension 

Summary: Local and regional food systems that connect farmers to nearby markets are continuing to grow throughout Virginia. Because of this, many farmers are experiencing a wider array of marketing opportunities such as through farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals. Through a 2011-2012 survey of Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers, respondents indicated that they had lower levels of knowledge about food safety and good agricultural practices (GAP) certification compared to other production practice needs. Virginia beginning farmer respondents also indicated that they were utilizing numerous direct and intermediate marketing channels for distribution and sale of their products. The purpose of this webinar is to help Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers and other agricultural service providers understand the policies, regulations, and processes that allow for safe food production, distribution, and consumption.

To learn more about GAP in Virginia visit, http://commhort.weebly.com/


Exploring Farm Credit Programs Available Through the Farm Service Agency (FSA)      February 2013

Presenters include:  Mr. Pete Adamson and Ms. Kim Depasquale from Virginia Farm Service Agency

Summary: Interested in learning more about farm credit programs? Thinking about borrowing money to start or expand your farm operation and business? Then this webinar is for you! The purpose of this webinar is to help Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers and other agricultural service providers learn more about farm credit programs available through the Farm Service Agency. Webinar presenters Mr. Pete Adamson, Chief, Farm Loan Programs for Virginia and Ms. Kim Depasquale, Farm Loan Manager in the Fredericksburg FSA Office discuss different farm credit options that are available for diverse Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers.


Niche Marketing   2012

This webinar explores niche markets and opportunities within markets in Virginia. Leanne Dubois discusses Niche Marketing in Virginia; the recent trends in niche marketing, direct markets, farmers's markets, and opportunities available through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)'s Virginia Grown Program.  Leanne works with the Promotions and Marketing Division of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Marketing module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services --- Leanne Dubois; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary;  Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  


Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 1 --- Introduction  2012

This webinar discusses the importance of keeping adequate farm records and how to manage the information for effective farm accounting and efficiency.  This is part 1 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  

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Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 2 --- The Balance Sheet  2012

This webinar defines the Balance Sheet and provides examples of how to use the finance tool. This is part 2 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  


Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 3 --- The Income Statement  2012

This webinar defines the Income Statement and provides examples of how to use the finance tool. This is part 3 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  


Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 4 --- Budgets  2012

This webinar discusses the importance of Budgets and how they can be used along with other financial tools for effective business management. This is part 4 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  

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Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 5 --- Financial Production Analysis  2012

This webinar discusses the importance of Financial Production Analysis and how reports can be used along with other financial tools for effective business management. This is part 5 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  


Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 6 --- Benchmarks  2012

This webinar defines, What is a Benchmark? And provides evidence of how industry standards can help determine business goals and direction. This is part 6 of a 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  


Farm Records and Information Management:  Section 7 --- Take Home Points  2012

This webinar is a summary of the Take Home Points discussed in the 7 part series by Peter Callan, Farm Business Management Extension Agent located in Culpeper, VA.  

This webinar is a great resource and accompaniment to the Virginia Whole Farm Planning Holistic Business Management module.

Webinar Credits:  

Virginia Cooperative Extension --- Peter Callan; Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program --- Jim Hilleary; Fauquier Educational Farm; Fauquier County Educational Development.  Recorded in 2012.  

 

 

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The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program is sponsored through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Award # 2010-49400-21720


2014 Whole Farm Planning Opportunities

Certified Farm Seeker Program 

VSU Whole Farm Planning Workshop Series

Grower's Academy

The Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program

VABF Farm School for Beginners 
 (2014 course being planned)

SustainFloyd's Pocket Farm Class
(fall 2013 class completed)

Attimo Winery's Whole Farm Planning for New Wineries & Vineyards

Whole Farm Planning Workshops in Southwest Virginia with ASD

Grayson LandCare's Whole Farm Planning Program


 


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