Area Farmers Take Advantage of Free Workshops

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Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1018
LYONS, NE - The workshops designed to improve farmers' financial future have been tremendously successful. All the sessions so far have drawn large crowds of area farmers (even a blizzard last week did not hamper attendance) and organizers of the workshops estimate the remaining meetings will have excellent turn outs as well.
Area producers still have a chance to participate in the last of a series of informational workshops. The final meeting will be held Tuesday, January 27 from 6-9 pm in the East Hub conference room, lower level at the Central Valley Ag Co-op facility, located just west of Highway 77, 3 miles north of Oakland or 4 miles south of Lyons (1007 County Road O and Highway 77).

High Value Markets will be the covered during the last workshop. Richard Ness, UNL Extension Niche Pork Specialist, will talk about opportunities in alternative pork production, niche markets and production systems. Joining him will be Martin Kleinschmit, Center for Rural Affairs research associate, to talk about markets for organic crops and livestock, USDA incentive payments for transition to organics, and the procedures for organic certification.

 "With commodity prices falling while crop expenses are accelerating, once again producers are searching for options to cut expenses or increase market prices," said Martin Kleinschmit with the Center for Rural Affairs. "If you fall in this category, attending the informational meeting may provide the answers you are looking for."

The workshop is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

"It was great information and honest advice that anyone involved in a family farm or any family business can use," commented Pender farmer, Marty Smith who attended several of the sessions.

For further information or to reserve a seat contact the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 687-2100. 

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