Motivating Teams for Enterprise Facilitation

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1998: $96,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: Southern
State: Arkansas
Principal Investigator:
Dr. James Worstell
Delta Land & Community

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: sorghum (milo)


  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning


    Sustainable agriculture requires farmer-owned processing and marketing. By facilitating creation of the teams of skills needed for such efforts, agents helped farmers in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee start dozens of businesses in such areas as fresh vegetables, organic soybean export, fresh water shrimp, sucrose epoxy, hybrid rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Workshops, case studies, a handbook, the first Entrepreneurial Agriculture website, an annual multi-state conference, and a network of technical assistance providers were created to assist these efforts. These elements have been emulated by other agencies, adopted in states outside the South, and led to international recognition of the Delta Enterprise Network.

    Project objectives:

    1. Create a social infrastructure for development of sustainable agricultural enterprises.

    2. Develop agents' skills in enterprise facilitation.

    3. Develop a mechanism for self-sustaining multiplication of enterprise facilitation skills.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.