Skill Training for Beginning Farmers

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1999: $30,886.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $7,000.00
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Coordinator:
Jerry Jost
Kansas Rural Center

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (other), melons, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, sheep, swine


  • Animal Production: preventive practices
  • Crop Production: cover crops, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, decision support system, farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking, study circle
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, agricultural finance, market study, risk management, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: indicators
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, mulches - killed, mulches - living, physical control, prevention, row covers (for pests), weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, employment opportunities, social networks
    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.