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UNI to offer marketing and financial management workshop for returning veterans and new farmers

June 27, 2012
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Andrea Geary, local food program manager, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, 319-273-7883, andrea.geary@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Interest in farming careers is growing among returning veterans and others, and in an upcoming workshop hosted by the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial diversified farm.

"Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at the CEEE on UNI's campus. The workshop is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.

The workshop will help beginning farmers clarify their goals, make a financial plan, understand accounting practices and explore strategies for marketing and selling farm products through different channels.

"Planning for on-farm operations, as well as managing expectations for household income goals are needs frequently mentioned by new farmers," said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the CEEE. "We are very excited to bring this workshop to the Cedar Valley."

This event is a joint project between UNI's CEEE, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Farmer Veteran Coalition and the USDA Risk Management Agency. For more information or to register for this workshop, contact NCAT at 515-588-0460 or email hannahl@ncat.org.