Monday, October 13, 2014

Maryland's Beginning Farmer Program

University of Maryland Extension is proud to provide the Beginning Farmer Success program across the state. The Beginning Farmer Success program is targeted towards those who have been involved in agriculture for ten years or less. Special focus is paid to helping potential and new farmers establish business plans, scaling up their operations, and making smart production decisions for both crops and livestock.

Hannah Shear
These important topics are taught through workshops, conferences, and hands-on mentorships supported by the University of Maryland Extension, the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC), University of Maryland Eastern Shores (UMES), and Future Harvest.

In August, the Beginning Farmer Success Team welcomed Hannah Shear to the group to serve as program coordinator. Hannah was born and raised in Kentucky on a family farm that focused primarily on beef cattle and burley tobacco.Throughout her childhood she was surrounded by the rolling bluegrass pastures of central-eastern Kentucky. This access to plentiful pasture and a love for all things livestock led to Hannah’s desire to raise sheep.

If you have been farming for ten years or less and are interested in being a part of the Beginning Farmer Success Program you should sign-up and check out their website:

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