Supporting Farmer Training Programs- in the Western States through Professional Development and Collaboration

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2014: $29,977.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2016
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: networking

    Proposal abstract:

    The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) proposes to provide training to agricultural professionals to increase their ability to initiate, support and develop farmer training programs.  ALBA will share its decades’ experience in farmer development through leading trainings to other organizations, primarily NGO’s and universities from multiple Western States, who are interested in learning about, developing, or adapting ALBA’s training and organizational models.  ALBA will provide intensive multi-day conferences to at least four (4) organizations at ALBA’s headquarters; three (3) webinars to at least thirty (50) agricultural professionals; forty (40) hours of direct technical assistance to at least eight (8) organizations; and two (2) site visits to farmer training organizations.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The goal of the project is to increase agricultural professionals’ ability to initiate, support and develop farmer training programs through targeted training and collaboration led by ALBA.

    • Objective 1. Fifty (50) agricultural professionals will demonstrate increased ability to initiate, support and develop farmer training program efforts
    • Objective 2. Twenty (20) agricultural professionals will demonstrate learning information that led to positive changes in their programs’ process or structure
    • Objective 3. Twenty (20) agricultural professionals will demonstrate sharing resources through a new regional collaboration of farmer training programs in the Western States

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