SFFT Session One
Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning.
July 22 farm tour stops are Green Dirt Farm, Weston, MO; KC Cattle Company, Weston, MO; and April Valley Farm, Leavenworth. ‘Critter Day’ highlights opportunities with livestock production including: a small sheep dairy and cheese making company, a veteran-owned and staffed ranch producing USDA certified hormone-free American Wagyu beef, and a diversified family farming operation raising registered Angus cattle, crossbred hogs and row crops.

The day’s educational session focuses on enhancing producers’ relationship with their meat processor and also covers a program for military service members transitioning to civilian life with interest in a career in agriculture. Rosanna Bauman, whose family farms and owns poultry and meat processing facilities near Garnett, KS, provides insight on how to be a good partner with your processor and strategies to strengthen relationships with your direct and wholesale buyers.

SkillBridge, a U.S. Department of Defense program for retiring service members, allows companies – including farm operations, to provide job skills training to service members during their last six months of their military service.
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