Agriculture and Natural Resources
We help farmers diversify their traditional farms and begin new enterprises, offering new and innovative ways to grow food. Our primary audience is those farmers who are just beginning, those who are underserved and those with small-scale acreage.
We conduct field days, tours, meetings and conferences, to deliver the latest information on farming practices and technologies, agricultural business management, natural resource conversation, food safety and gardening. We also develop and deliver programs in community-based and local food systems.
Agriculture and Natural Resources staff strive to:
- Provide Cooperative Extension field staff with educational resources for small-scale producers and/or beginning farmers.
- Identify crops and alternative livestock enterprises with the potential for increasing farm income.
- Participate in creating community-based, local food systems and to help producers become successful in those systems.
- Demonstrate technologies and management practices that extend the growing season and protect public health through the use of good agricultural practices.
- Provide growers with the information that will help them safely implement best management practices and environmental stewardship on small farms and gardens.
- Increase food security.
- Provide information for woodlot and forest owners to manage this investment wisely.