MTI instructors attend beginning farmer and rancher meeting |

MTI instructors attend beginning farmer and rancher meeting

Will Walter and Roger DeRouchey attended the 3rd annual BFRD Program Directors meeting in Rochester, MN, on Dec. 5-6. During the spring and summer of 2009 the Farm Business Management Program at Mitchell Technical Institute developed the vision to expand the Farm/Ranch Management Program to the entire state of South Dakota. The administration and instructors submitted the application for a USDA-NIFA Grant. In the fall of 2010 we were awarded the Grant. Before receiving this grant, FBM was offered only in southeastern part of South Dakota. This Grant required 25 percent matching dollars and the South Dakota commodity organizations provided this three year financial support. We would like to thank the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, South Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and Farm Credit Services of America for this financial commitment.

The Farm/Ranch Business Management Program’s name was changed to the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Management, to acknowledge that the program is being offered throughout the entire state of South Dakota. Currently Will Walter, Chris Downs, and Roger work out of Mitchell Tech and work with farm/ranch families. Terry Hall from Pierre works in that area of the state and another instructor works in the Aberdeen area. David Koupal works in the west river part of South Dakota. If you would like more information about Level 1 or Level 2 farm/ranch management educational offerings, please call 1-800-684-1969 and ask for one of the instructors.

The USDA-NIFA Grant Award recipients from across the nation attended this meeting to inform and share their USDA projects with other attendees.

As part of the 2008 USDA Farm Bill there was 75 million dollars allocated for these projects. This money is for educational leaders to provide opportunities for farm/ranch families to stay on the land and be successful and sustainable.