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Free Workshop for Small Farmers Nov. 8

Anyone with a small farm, just starting out or just getting interested in farming can find information on a dozen subjects in a free workshop presented by Team Agriculture Georgia Nov. 8 at Albany State University.

TAG's mission is to improve state and federal customer service to all landowners, land users and limited-resource and beginning farmers. Members include Georgia farm agencies and partnering organizations.

The Nov. 8 workshop will feature sessions on:

  • Alternative farm enterprises.
  • Aquaculture.
  • Crop insurance.
  • Financing small farms.
  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.
  • Goats and small livestock.
  • Irrigation and water management.
  • Labor.
  • Local marketing and community-based agriculture.
  • Pond construction and management opportunities.
  • Taxes.
Free Lunch, Too

The workshop includes resource materials and lunch. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the ASU Academic Administration Building.

Registration forms will be in upcoming issues of the Georgia Market Bulletin as well as at USDA service centers, Farm Service Agency county offices and University of Georgia Extension Service county offices.

To sign up, call Connie McEver at (706) 546-2236. Or fax her a registration form at (706) 546-2416. The preregistration deadline is Oct. 19. Walk-ins are welcome, but seats and lunch are limited to about 200.

Farm-related groups and agencies will have displays at the workshop. A similar event is planned for the Gainesville, Ga., area next year.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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