Join Texas AgrAbility and BattleGround to Breaking Ground for a 5-part agriculture business virtual conference. Sessions will be hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm cst as a webinar. Registrants will be sent a link to join the webinar prior to the start time. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing. The registration fee covers all sessions.
Sessions will include:
June 23, 2020 – Navigating the Obstacle Course of Farming and Ranching: A Producer’s Perspective
Agriculture producers Doug Havemann (co-owner of Mesquite Field Farm and Army Veteran) and Damon Cleaton (co-owner of 4E Farms and Army Veteran) share their experience starting an agricultural operation in Texas. They will highlight helpful resources, educational programs, and opportunities for veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers. Makenzie Thomas, Texas AgrAbility Program Coordinator will also share resources and helpful equipment for farming and ranching.
June 25, 2020 – Resources for Farmers and Ranchers
Erin Kimbrough (BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program Manager) will share financial resources and programs available for farmers and ranchers. Topics will include USDA loans and programs, Texas Department of Agriculture grants and programs, Farmer Veteran Coalition, and much more.
June 30 2020 – Agriculture Business Planning
Dr. Greg Clary (Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship consultant and retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist) will present on agriculture business planning, tips for creating a business plan, and helpful information to get you started.
July 2, 2020 – Community of Interest in Agriculture Business
Participants will be broken into groups based on areas of agriculture production and led through an activity to discover resources, helpful tips, information sharing, and connections to other agriculture producers.
July 7, 2020 – Training Programs for Veterans and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
This session will highlight training programs available for military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers. Speakers include: Tyler Froberg – Farm Manager of Hope Farms, Margo Hale – Armed to Farm Program Director, Kevin Cody – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Farmer Training Program Manager, Erin Kimrbough – BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program Manager.