Annie’s Project Workshop to focus on agricultural and USDA grant programs

Contact:
Joy Kirkpatrick, 608-263-3485, joy.kirkpatrick@ces.uwex.edu
Bill Halfman, 608-269-8722, Bill.Halfman@co.monroe.wi.us

The Monroe, Jackson, La Crosse and Vernon County University of Wisconsin-Extension offices are sponsoring a two-session workshop for farm women to be held at the Leon Community Center in Leon, WI. The workshops will be held on Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Annie’s Project is a UW-Extension program providing risk management education and tools to farm women who farm on their own or who are partners in a farming business.

On Jan. 18, USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service staff will discuss the many programs offered through their agencies. Mark Mulder, Monroe County FSA Director, will provide participants with an overview of Federal Farm Programs administered by the USDA County FSA Office. These programs include FSA Elections, Direct and Counter-cyclical Payments, Conservation Reserve Program, Milk Income Loss Contracts, Non-insured Assistance Program, Commodity Loans, Farm Storage Facility Loans, and Multi peril crop insurance/disaster programs. Ginger Jacobs, FSA Farm Loan Officer for Vernon/Monroe Counties, will discuss FSA eligibility requirements, different types of financing available, and uses of FSA loan funds. Veronica Blount, Soil Conservationist, USDA – NRCS, Sparta Service Center will provide a very brief history of USDA-NRCS and an overview of technical services and NRCS conservation programs available to the agricultural community.

On Feb. 1, the program will focus on helping farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs develop strategies to access state and federal grants and other resources. The workshop will also give prospective applicants information, tools, and training to strengthen applications made to the USDA Value Added Producer, SARE, DATCP’s Specialty Crop Block Grants, Producer First grants and other grant and loan programs in order to attract increased capital to Wisconsin’s agriculture industry.

Farmers or ag entrepreneurs can choose to attend one or both of the workshops. Registration is $7 per person per workshop. The registration deadline is Jan. 13 for the Jan. 18 program and Jan. 25 for the Feb. 1 workshop. A flyer for the workshop can be found on the UW-Extension Monroe County website http://monroe.uwex.edu. For more information or to register, contact Bill Halfman, UW-Extension Monroe County agriculture agent at 608-269-8722.

Annie’s Project is sponsored by the UW Center for Dairy Profitability, and the Monroe, Jackson, La Crosse and Vernon County UW-Extension offices.

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