Thursday, July 16, 2015

FW: Local Foods Grant - See part highlighted in yellow

FYI – Resources for Local Food Systems/ Beginning Farmers. Priority is given for USDA designated StrikeForce counties on the Local Food, Local Places opportunity.


Join us for a Beginning Farmer Webinar

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern)


Enterprise Analysis



Dr. Kimberly Morgan

Virginia Tech, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program


To participate in this webinar,  please go to:



An overview of the Farm Financial System will be presented, including an introduction of farm financial statements and farm planning budgets. Participants will be provided with a checklist of resources and data necessary for farm financial risk management. Participants will gain a working knowledge on the value of farm financial systems for making profitable decisions. After the presentation, we will open the floor for a question and answer session.



The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program  is state-wide and coalition-based program.  Virginia Tech/Virginia Cooperative Extension serves as the backbone organization for the Coalition. Funded through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (Award Number: 2015-70017-22887) and the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center. For more information about the webinar or program questions, contact the director, Kim Niewolny, at



No registration is required. About 15 minutes before noon, go to the website address above to prepare for the webinar. Login by entering your name and email address. You will then be prompted to download and install the WebEx add-on. Once installed, you will be taken to the webinar. Set up your audio connection by clicking the "Connect to Audio" button on the left. Attendees connecting with their phones should use the "Call Me" or "I Will Call In" options. Attendees connecting with computer headsets and microphones should use the "Call Using Computer" option. To hear the audio presenters, speakers must be turned on. During the webinar, questions can be typed into the chat box on the right hand side of the screen. A recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning Farmer Program website afterwards.


System Requirements:

PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server (Windows® 8 not fully supported)

Mac®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer




Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses

and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street,

downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are

invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program. The application

deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts

will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and

communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features

a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.

Representatives of United States communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) are eligible

to apply. We encourage applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early

phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will

be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA Strike Force counties.

Local Foods, Local Places is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the EPA, the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional

Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the White House Rural Council.

For more information and a link to the application, visit:



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