University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

The Beginning Farmer Program

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Program in collaboration with Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Community Farm Alliance, Kentucky Dairy Development Counsel, and Catholic Charities of Louisville: Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program, are continuing the comprehensive beginning farmer effort.

KyFarmStart received 3 years of continued funded through the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Program. This intensive education program is targeting those individuals who have ten years or less farming experience. The program is designed as a whole farm management education program for beginning farmers, providing a basic foundation of production, marketing, management, and networking which are necessary for beginning farmers to succeed in today’s dynamic agriculture environment. KyFarmStart is designed as one year education program. Producers will participate in a series of 12 face to face education programs, including nine traditional county extension meetings and three on-farm demonstrations/farm field day experiences. Additionally, some of the curriculum will be made available as an on-line course to provide all producers the opportunity to learn additional information that may not have been thought in their class.

The goal of the KyFarmStart program is to assist clientele in evaluating their land, labor, and other resources in an effort to make management decisions that are profitable for their operation. Through this process, producers will learn about enterprise identification, management, marketing, farm safety, and production. One of the primary goals of both programs is to assist producers in developing a whole farm management plan.