Are you new to farming or thinking about coming back to the farm? Do you wonder how to go about looking for the credit and the capital to launch your business or keep it going?
If your answer is "yes," then mark your calendar for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 and join a phone call with the Kansas Rural Center. The call will focus on known sources of access to credit and tips on how to prepare for applying for credit.
The moderator of the call, Rosanna Bauman, farm manager of Cedar Valley Farms in Garnett, will share of her own experience in financing her farm and what she did to succeed in securing the capital she needed to grow.
Other experts on the call include Duane Hund with the Kansas State University's Farm Analyst Program and Rebecca Floyd with the Kansas Development Finance Authority.
A key issue for beginning farmers
The Rural Center has been researching issues that beginning farmers have said are holding them back from succeeding or from going into the farming business. Among those most often reported are accessing the capital to purchase equipment and land and struggles with knowing how to price and market their products.
Funding for this research and education project is provided by Farm Aid. Participants on the call will be invited to share their experiences and challenges to better understand what resources and help are needed in Kansas.
Calls will also be held September 26 and October 24 and will focus on other beginning farmer and rancher challenges such as pricing and marketing, and transitioning to certified organic.
In addition, information for beginning farmers, and landowners who may be interested in meeting them, will be offered at KRC's annual Farm & Food Conference Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Newton.