This eight-hour online course is designed to prepare agriculturists to work with farmers as employees of a bio-refinery to provide its feedstock needs. Course topics include site selection, soils, drainage, fertility, varieties, weed control, selecting growers, contracts, production systems and other switchgrass production issues. Course instructors are specialists from Auburn University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky and Genera Energy. For more information or to enroll contact Mark Hall (hallmah@auburn.edu).

This course is self-directed with instructor feedback on module assignments. There will be a fee. The audience is people who are interested in starting a vegetable farm enterprise in Piedmont North Carolina. This course is a prerequisite to participating in the Elma C Lomax farm incubator program. Our goal is for people who participate in the farm incubator program to experientially learn vegetable production and build a marketing strategy and clientele. Eventually we hope the participating farmers will leave Lomax to run their own farm. For information and to enroll contact: Robert Furr, North Carolina Extension, by email at rbfurr@ncsu.edu or by calling 704-920-3320

Planning for Profit II is an advanced farm planning course for existing farmers/ranchers. In this course you will refine your whole farm or business plan, clarify your farm and financial goals, improve your budgeting and recordkeeping, and develop and improve your marketing strategies for an existing or new enterprise.

An Introductory, 8 Week Course in Whole Farm Planning For those Exploring Their Small Farm Dream.  This course guides participants in a process to realistically evaluate their goals and resources, and provides the tools to evaluate the feasibility of starting a sustainable small acreage enterprise. Course topics include whole farm planning, resource evaluation, site appropriate production practices, enterprise budgets, market analysis and risk management assessment.   Upon course completion, project participants will have the knowledge and skills to engage in whole farm planning.  Note: Course  enrollment is limited to participants in the Cultivating SuccessTM Small Farm Education Program in Idaho and Washington.