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January 4, 2014

Extension small farm clinic set for Thursday

TERRE HAUTE — Area Purdue Extension agriculture educators will offer a program for small farmers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Ivy Tech Community College Center for Workforce Development, 1700 E. Industrial Drive.

The goals of the clinic are to improve networking among small farm operators, provide information on resources available and engage in topics of agriculture.

Agriculture is changing, from farm scale to the application of technology. In Indiana, one of the largest segments of growth has been with respect to small farms. An increased interest in agriculture and food systems, interest in supplemental family income and increasing rates of baby boomers looking for post-career projects has sparked interest in small-farm agriculture.

Following the general meeting, the clinic will feature six breakout sessions presented by area resources. Topics will include starting a food business, pasture management, backyard poultry, soil science basics, keeping good records and getting started in meat goats. Each participant will be able to select the two sessions they find most useful to their respective operation.

The program fee for the area small-farm clinic is $5 per family, to encourage the attendance of multiple family members. The sessions should be useful to many 4-H families. Register with the Clay County Extension office by Wednesday to help with the planning of program material needs. Send registration fees to Clay County Extension Office, 6656 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.

For more information contact Jim Luzar of Purdue Extension Vigo County at 812-462-3371 or luzar@purdue.edu.



 

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