A Year in the Life of a Pork Producer - Online/Milford, Neb.

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Online/Milford, Neb.
Farm and Food

About: Are you a military veteran interested in agriculture? Join this workshop as we navigate a year in the life of a veteran local farmer. In 2022, we will rotate between online classroom sessions and on-farm sessions with an online option. 

In our classroom sessions, participants will hear from experts and learn business and financial skills and resources applicable to any type of agricultural operation. In the on-farm sessions, an experienced farmer will go through the ins and outs of pork production and demonstrate knowledge of a particular enterprise on his farm. 

This year, our focus farmer is a pork producer specializing in KuneKune pigs, which hail from New Zealand. Farmer/leaders with experience in various types of agriculture (such as poultry, pork, beef, beekeeping) will be available to help participants throughout the course’s online platform. 

This course is free for active military service members and military veterans. Participant stipends will be available to cover approved expenses such as travel, meals, and child care.  Individuals are welcome to attend with family members. For on-farm events, physical accommodations may be made upon request

When:            

  • Feb. 7, 6 to 7 p.m. CT: Optional Pre-session - Get Familiar with Class Technology - Online
  • Feb. 14, TBD: Equipment and Facilities - Online Production Class
  • Feb. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Farm Dreams and Land Access - Online Business Class
  • Feb. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Holistic Goal Setting - Online Business Class
  • March 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Budgets, Recordkeeping, USDA Programs - Online Business Class
  • March 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Market Selection Online Business Class
  • March 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Insurance and Legal Considerations - Online Business Class
  • March 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Business Plan Deliver & Next Steps - Online Business Class
  • April 4, TBD: Farrowing and Setting up Nursery Facilities - Production Class at Anchor Meadow Farm, 2297 A St. Road, Milford, Nebraska 68405
  • June 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Hand-mating, Genetics, and Piglet Care - Production Class at Anchor Meadow Farm, 2297 A St. Road, Milford, Nebraska 68405
  • Aug. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Grazing System, Feeding for Weight and Production - Production Class at Anchor Meadow Farm, 2297 A St. Road, Milford, Nebraska 68405
  • Sept. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. CT: Loading Out, Working with a Butcher - Production Class at Anchor Meadow Farm, 2297 A St. Road, Milford, Nebraska 68405
  • Oct. 1: Optional Session: Midwest Kune Kune Show - Seward, Nebraska

Registration: Click here to register.

Questions or assistance with registration: Contact Kirstin Bailey at kirstinb@cfra.org or 402.870.2390; Mariel Barreras at 402.906.9766 or marielbarreras4505@gmail.com.

Programming is funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Center for Rural Affairs is an equal opportunity provider and employer. NIFA USDA fund award #2020-77028-32890.

The Center recommends that all participants wear face masks at indoor events.

Feature photo: 2021 A Year in the Life |  Center file photo