University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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USDA grant helps UCCE train new farmers to be "agropreneurs"

Sonoma County is losing its farmland. As farmers age and retire, their land is rapidly converted to housing in order to keep up with the needs of the county’s growing population. As a result, the county is losing its ability to produce locally grown food, and that means populations of minorities and elders are losing easy access to fresh, healthy food. UC Cooperative Extension applied for and received a three-year USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant in 2011 to train beginning farmers and ranchers. The program, called Agropreneurs, has trained 43 farmers and ranchers in agriculture and business planning and is to be integrated into Santa Rosa Junior College’s Sustainable Agriculture Program in 2014.

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