New Opportunities for Start-up Farmers and Ranchers - Center for Rural Affairs and Community CROPS visiting Nebraska county fairs

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Erin Schoenberg, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 822-0066 or Elisha Smith, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, Nebraska - Two organizations will be traveling to area county fairs in the coming weeks to provide insight and present information to beginning farmers in Nebraska.

Representatives from the Center for Rural Affairs and Community CROPS will be sharing information and answering questions at a shared booth in Leigh on July 24 and 25 during the Colfax Co. fair and in Scribner on July 31 and August 1 during the Dodge Co. Fair.

Information provided at the booth will include upcoming on-farm skill sessions, farm tours and an upcoming workshop series for beginning Anglo and Latino farmers.

“Anyone interested in starting their own farm enterprise should come visit our booth. We have a lot of experience working with beginning farmers and have both been beginners ourselves,” said Erin Schoenberg with the Center for Rural Affairs who will be presenting alongside Kirstin Bailey of Community CROPS.

Bailey adds, "We have the resources, now we just need the beginning farmers!"

What: Information to introduce beginners to farm and ranch opportunities in Nebraska

When and Where: July 24 and July 25 in Leigh at the Colfax Co. Fair July 31 and August 1 in Scribner at the Dodge Co. Fair

“Additionally, bilingual staff will be present and we strongly encourage aspiring Latino farmers to approach us--many Spanish workshop opportunities exist,” concluded Schoenberg.

For more information contact Schoenberg at or (402) 822-0066.

This project is made possible by a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, of the USDA.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Provider, and Employer.

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