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NCDC & BFBLN Sponsored: Specialty Crop Growers Business Skills Workshop "How Can I Be Better"

May 8th at 5:30 p.m.
UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center in the Platte River Room, Individuals should come through the side door, left of the main entrance doors.

A workshop on strengthening the specialty grower’s business skills, GAP information and social media training has been rescheduled. BFBLN wants to help strengthen the specialty crops grower businesses in Nebraska by offering presentations that focus on three areas:

  • “Business & Enterprise Planning and Financing” Presenters - Jim Crandall, NCDC Cooperative Business Development Specialist University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Roger Wilson, Budget Analyst Farm Management, UNL Agricultural Economics – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Roger Joekel, Farm Loan Manager, USDA- Farm Service Agency
  • “Food Safety for Direct-to-Consumer Markets” Presenter - Sarah Browning, Extension Educator-Horticulture University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • “Marketing & Promotion Utilizing Social Media” Presenters – Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator and Alice Henneman, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

The workshop is open to anyone, but the focus and topics are geared toward specialty crops growers. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture and Christmas trees." It matters not if you are just starting out as a young specialty crop grower or have some years of experience under your belt, this workshop can help you expand your skill set and gain practical knowledge!

Make your reservations by May 6.
Billene Nemec, Coordinator – Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
103E Miller Hall, Lincoln Nebraska 68583-0711
402-472-5273 or