Workshop to benefit beginning and retiring farmers

6 09 2012

McPHERSON, KAN.- Sept. 6, 2012 – Kansas Farmers Union and High Plains Food Co-op are hosting a Beginning Farmer Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Atwood American Legion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Workshop will feature five speakers and a panel of producer members of the High Plains Food Co-op (HPFC).

“We see a large number of farmers that are considering retirement and the next generation is going to have to step up and take the lead. We know they’re out there, its just a matter of finding them and helping them find the resources that they need to become the next generation of family farmers,” Nick Levendofsky, KFU Special Projects Coordinator, said.

Workshop speakers include Donn Teske, former financial advisor, to talk about the financial aspect of farm transition; Linda Hessman, ag mediator, will talk about Bridging the Gap Between Beginning and Retiring Farmers; Char Henton, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service; Calvin Adams will discuss the Kansas Ranch Institute Internship Program that he created; Dr. Scott Mickelsen with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will talk about the college’s 100 Cow Program and others NCTA offers; Growing Produce and Delivery to Market, Youth Internships and Beginning Farmer Website, presented by High Plains Food Co-op and Rawlins County Extension Agent Cynthia Dixson.

After the workshop on Wednesday at 5 p.m., KFU Board Member Chris Schmidt will show everyone around Atwood, including the Ben-Lee Processing Plant. Supper will be at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Atwood and will feature food produced by HPFC members. The next day (Sept. 20) a tour of the HPFC will be held in St Francis from 7 a.m. to noon and is also open to the public.

The workshop is open to the public. Registration is free, including meals. Lodging is not included, but is available in Colby.  For more information about both events, including a schedule, visit To RSVP, call Nick at 785-527-0941 or email

The tours are being offered by Kansas Farmers Union, thanks to a grant from Farm Aid to help beginning farmers find mentors. The event is sponsored by Kansas Farmers Union, High Plains Food Cooperative and Rawlins County Economic Development.




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