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Profiting from a Few Acres





Profiting from a Few Acres
by Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, DNREC

On December 12 and 13, approximately 80 participants attended a Delaware State University (DSU) Cooperative Extension Small Farms Program conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover to learn how to profit from a few acres.  Conference participants had an opportunity to hear from 34 presenters and interact with 16 agricultural-related vendors.   

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) displayed a new exhibit highlighting priority resource concerns and the conservation practices available to address them.  Conference attendees were able to visit with NRCS employees staffing the display to discuss how NRCS programs may be beneficial to their operation.  All participants were given brochures and fact sheets with specific program information.   

In addition to their exhibit, NRCS also provided two guest speakers.  Attendees during the Season Extension breakout session listened while Timothy Garrahan, Farm Bill Program Specialist, explained NRCS’s High Tunnel conservation initiative.  During the Funding Opportunities breakout session, Program Specialist Jayme Arthurs shared eligibility requirements and general guidelines for all Farm Bill Programs offered by NRCS.   

The conference was a joint effort of the USDA Risk Management Agency and the DSU Cooperative Extension Small Farms Program.  The Small Farms Program exists to provide small and limited resource farmers with assistance and education in production agriculture, legal issues, marketing, human resources, farm and financial management, and identifying niche markets. 

Caption: Delaware NRCS Soil Conservationist John Bushey and Public Affairs Specialist Dastina Wallace discuss NRCS programs with local producers. 


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