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Jan 2nd, 2014 | Category: News

COUNTIES – The WSU Extension’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning course in Mount Vernon will be available Thursdays, Jan. 9 through March 27. Designed for new and existing farmers, this 12-week, bilingual course will cover planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and profit/loss statements, along with how to cultivate financial resources. In addition to the evening sessions, there will be two Saturday excursions: a field trip to successful local farm enterprises and a farm finance workshop. Students who enroll through Skagit Valley College can earn credit toward SVC’s new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems certificate. Graduates who do not have land will be eligible to implement their business plans at Viva Farms, a farm business incubator located in Burlington. The class meets 6 to 9 p.m. at the WSU NW Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Registration costs $250. Contact (360) 707-3223 or e-mail skagit.small.farms@wsu.edu.

WSU Snohomish County Extension in partnership with the WSU Small Farms Team, USDA, and Snohomish Conservation District will again offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. Using a grant from the USDA, the course will use web technology to simulcast the course between two Puget Sound locations so more students can participate closer to home. The course runs Tuesday evenings Jan. 14 through April 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. along with three Saturday seminars on focused topics, and will be held at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and guide a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business. Registration is required and costs $275. For more information on the course, contact Holly Thompson at (425) 357-6022 or hollynthompson@wsu.edu.

The WSU Whatcom County Extension is offering the Sustainable Small Acreage Farming course, held Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m.  in Bellingham from Jan. 28 through April 8, plus two weekend day field trips. This class provides an overview of potential small acreage farming and ranching enterprises and production systems. Topics covered include sustainable farming practices, whole farm planning, direct marketing, integrated pest management, soil management, and more.  The course fee is $250 (partial scholarships are available).  For more information, visit http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/edu/cs/ or contact Colleen Burrows at cburrows@wsu.edu or (360) 676-6736 ext 22.

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