Fremont County program aims to boost producer financial skills
Developing financial sense for managing dollars and cents is the aim of a program for second-generation and beginning farmers and ranchers April-May in Fremont County.
“Building Farmers and Ranchers in the West” is Wednesday evenings beginning April 1. Sessions are 5:30-8 p.m. at the Hudson Fire Hall, said Tina Russell, University of Wyoming Extension educator.
“This class is all about helping you get things done on your operation, whether you are just in the beginning stages of development or if you have had a few years under your belt,” said Russell.
Russell said many beginning or second generation farmers and ranchers find there are numerous financial hurdles in starting an agricultural operation and much to learn. The goal is to make the business planning and financial assessment process more straightforward and streamlined for new or newer producers.
Russell said participants will learn strategic business planning; enterprise budgeting and record keeping; where and how to seek funding sources; human relationships as they relate to agricultural business operations; and have an opportunity to develop their own business plans with individual help from instructors and more experienced agricultural operators.
For more information or to sign-up, contact extension educators Ron Cunningham at 307-332-2363, Mae Smith, 307-765-2868, or Russell at 307-332-2135. Visit buildingfarmers.colostate.edu for more program specifics.
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