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Conference Name Lessons Learned from Farmer Study Circles

Kate Smith


Lessons Learned from Farmer Study Circles:

This poster summarizes and synthesizes the results of two study circles held with Pennsylvania farmers. Dairy farmers and potato growers each met as a group 8 times in a focus group setting to discuss and learn about a variety of issues. Topics discussed by the circles included labor needs, local contracting for labor, and recruiting from workers from Mexico. The potato growers also discussed potato diseases and did on-line research during the meeting. The dairy farmers investigated custom contracting and book-keeping services from the perspective of a group of farms acting as one unit. The poster summaries study circle participation, lessons learned, and advisors.