NATIONWIDE – Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a nonprofit organization concerned with food safety and animal welfare, is offering two online beginning farmer courses. The free short courses – Beginning Pastured Poultry and Funding Your Farm are designed to help beginning farmers achieve their goals.
According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, between 2013 and 2017, the U.S. farm sector included an average of 339,400 beginning farms and 898,100 beginning operators. During that same period, the average household net worth for a beginning farmer was $1.2 million.
As the average age of all U.S. farm producers in 2017 was 57.5 years, the future of agriculture in America relies on the upcoming generation of producers.
FACT is an organization that believes all food-producing animals should be raised in a humane and healthy manner, and that everyone should have access to safe and humanely-produced food. They bundled their archived beginning farmer webinars with new content to offer the courses.
Beginning Pastured Poultry Short Course
This course offers information about:
- How to choose the right breed.
- What type of fencing to use.
- The best brooder management practices.
- Feeder and waterer options.
- Types of mobile housing structures.
- What’s needed in a bird health kit.
- How to market pasture raised birds.
Funding Your Farm Short Course
This course offers grant writing information that includes:
- How to write an interesting introduction, proposal and conclusion.
- How to best present a budget and how to tell your story.
- What not to do when you write a proposal.
- What to add or not add to your grant application.
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For more information about FACT’s online courses visit https://www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org/short-courses