University of Nevada Cooperative Extension was awarded a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project from USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture in August 2011. The project, renamed to Herds & Harvest, provides educational “hot topic” workshops, and one-on-one and group mentorship opportunities in risk management education topics for beginning farmers and ranchers and women. A mid-program telephone survey was conducted from May 2013 through June 2013 with participating Herds and Harvest participants. Fifty-seven percent of Herds and Harvest participants reached reported that they had taken actions to make changes to their existing agriculture operation based on the increase in knowledge they received from a workshop attended. Participants reported planting new types of crops (43%), investigating new methods for weed control (24%), and planting crops that use less water (33%). There were 29% of participants that revealed they had contacted other federal agencies after participating in a workshop and 24% had taken action to develop an enterprise budget. Specialty crop producers (30%) and livestock producers (30%) also reported taking actions to change their production practices after attending workshops.
|Conference||2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference|
|Presentation Type||30-Minute Concurrent|