National Farmer Seminars Offer Knowledge, Producer Grants, Meeting Payments, Mentoring Program Funds
Whether you produce conventional grains, milk or beef, it’s getting tougher to make real profits today as inputs skyrocket. That’s why we offer AgProfit Strategies Workshops in 15 states across the heart of farm country. Filled with advanced information about marketing, risk management, budgeting, and operational structure—you’ll be mighty glad you made the decision to attend one in your area. And, if you have been farming for 10 years or less, you can receive a $250 payment to help cover the costs from being away from your farm or job.
Grants For Farmers
AgProfit Strategies also offers a program that provides money to beginning farmers who have filed fewer than 10 schedule F Federal tax forms and have been harmed by the economic fallout of the pandemic. You are eligible if you and your farm operation were harmed economically because of the pandemic. Think back to 2020 when markets were buffeted due to COVID-19. In dairy, the prices you received in the early months of 2020 were much lower. For cattlemen, you may have had to hold your animals longer than normal because of COVID-19 effects on packers. For grain producers, lower prices in February, March and April of 2020, may have impacted your operation.
To be eligible:
1. You must be a participant in National Farmers AgProfit Strategies by attending an in-person seminar or by completing an online AgProfit Strategies education module.
2. You must meet the USDA/NIFA definition of a beginning farmer. That can be someone not yet farming but wanting to get started or someone who is currently farming, but has been farming for less than 10 years. 3. You must be actively participating in a mentee-mentor relationship approved by the AgProfit Strategies program.
You can apply online at nationalfarmers.com by clicking on the AgProfit Strategies link.
“In addition to in-person meetings in 15 states, we also offer an online course where producers can view videos in dairy, grain or livestock production and earn their $250 payment,” said National Farmers Communications Director Perry Garner.
There is also a farm mentoring program where mentees are chosen from beginning and intermediate producers who attend one of the farmer educational seminars or view our online learning series. Mentees may be interested in grain, livestock or dairy. For this program, there are a couple of field days each year where the mentee visits the mentor’s farm to learn how an experienced producer goes about the daily business of running the farm. Along the way, mentees can ask questions and learn from the experience of a mentor who has been there and learned the ins and outs of agriculture.
Mentees can interact with their mentor through the two field days a year, and via telephone calls, text or email messages, depending on what works for the mentor.