David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
FAX 417-881-8058
burtond@missouri.edu

February 3, 2017


Training for Farmers Wanting to Scale Up
and Learn about Grant Writing is Feb. 16 in Webb City

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A workshop on scaling up production and securing grant funding for specialty crop farmers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Central United Methodist Church, 6 South Pennsylvania, Webb City.

Debi Kelly, horticulture and local food specialist, and Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, both with University of Missouri Extension, will lead the workshop.

This workshop will explore what to consider when scaling up from a small farm operation. Topics like crop selection, marketing, labor, and risk management and more will be discussed.

The grant-writing portion of the workshop will focus on the Specialty Crops Block Grant. This grant is available from the Missouri Department of Agriculture for individual farmers and organizations seeking to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices, honey, flowers and nursery plants.

Winning applications will focus on education and research of benefit to the entire specialty crops industry.

An example of a successful specialty crops application awarded in 2016 is the Happy Hollow Farm. The owners will coordinate research efforts to develop specialty cut flower production methods using covered structures and minimal heat sources for small-scale farmers in three separate Missouri locations.

The skills learned in the workshop will apply to writing grants in general.

The cost of the workshop is $10, and lunch is included. Registration is required no later than Tuesday, Feb.14. Call Eileen Nichols at (417) 483-8139 to register.

The workshop is sponsored by the Webb City Farmers Market and University of Missouri Extension. The Missouri Department of Agriculture has funded a portion of this project, through a Specialty Crops Grant.


Source: Robert Balek, horticulture specialist

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