- Agronomic: general hay and forage crops
- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: free-range
- Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
The Youth Entrepreneurs in Agriculture is designed to educate young people in the ag community in best management practices of production as well as the most economically and ecologically sustainable systems. The project will provide a series of six farm tours and field days for young people who have a strong inclination to make their livelihood in agriculture. Most will come from 4-H and FFA, although membership in those organizations will not be required. Among the topics that will be explored are natural controls of insect and weed pests, multi-species grazing, composting and the latest methods of integrated pest management. In addition, the program will compare and contrast organic production methods alongside traditional systems. Teaching methods will be interactive and experiential supplemented by written materials. Participants will be surveyed after each farm tour and field day to see if the experience changed their attitudes.