In August 2016, Kansas Farmers Union, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas, Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, and Kansas AgrAbility partnered to present the Summer Fun Farm Tour Series.

Along with tours of nine farms-many operated by beginning farmers and military veterans, we also dug into three of the most requested beginning farmer hot topics-farm food safety, grant writing, and business planning-during short, intensive afternoon workshops. Below are resources from the afternoon educational sessions.

The series was made possible through funding from Farm Aid. Learn more about the important work of Farm Aid here! The local foods lunch was generously sponsored by Frontier Farm Credit. Learn more about Farm Credit’s beginning farmer opportunities here.


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Food Safety Modernization Act and Good Agricultural Practices (FSMA & GAPs): An Update for Produce Growers
Marlin A. Bates–Horticulture Agent, K-State Research and Extension–Douglas County

With the release of the Produce Safety Rule in November 2015, many produce growers have been wondering if or how the rule will affect them and when. This session will detail the key components of FSMA for produce growers to answer questions about the rule and how it will affect their specific operation. While not all produce growers will be covered under the Produce Safety Rule, producing safe food is important to all of us. While we like to think that our efforts naturally lead to safe products, fresh fruit and vegetable producers need to be deliberate about reducing the risk of contamination of the food supply. Fortunately, safe food production and handling practices can seamlessly be incorporated into the day-to-day operations on most farms. This session will cover key recommendations for safe food production for fresh fruit and vegetable producers.


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Do’s and Don’ts of Grant Writing
Kerri Ebert, KS-SARE and K-State’s Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops

One of the most common questions received by agriculture organizations is “How to I get a grant to buy a farm (or purchase equipment or livestock)”.
This session dives into the world of funding, including grants and loans, for beginning and experience farmers:
What is a grant? Common grant terminology. Grant writing tips. What could go wrong? Where to look for grants, loans, and help?

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, Kansas Farmers Union Foundation

Finding a grant program that is suitable for a farm is challenging and writing a good grant proposal is a time-consuming task.
This handout provides tips for questions to ask yourself before you launch your search for a grant; how to evaluate whether your project fits the grant program; and guidance for how to get rolling once you’ve identified a suitable program.



Business Planning 101 For Farmers
Carl Horne–Young, Beginning & Small Program & Outreach Manager, Farm Credit Services of America

The day’s educational session focuses on solid record keeping practices for your farm and developing a business plan.

Additional resources recommended by Carl Horne:

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