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Our team has produced a number of publications that support our goals.  These publications can be accessed through the following links or through Virginia Cooperative Extension’s listing of publications and resources.

Whole Farm Planning

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Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
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Land Acquisition and Tenure
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Whole Farm Business Management and Planning

Farm Safety, Health and Wellness

Managing Farm Financial Stress for a Healthy Farm and a Healthy Farm Family
Managing Farm Financial Stress for a Healthy Farm and a Healthy Farm Family
Best Practices to Managing Farm Financial Health and Wellbeing
Best Practices to Managing Farm Financial Health and Wellbeing
Virginia Farm Emergency Plan
Virginia Farm Emergency Plan
Decision-making guide
Decision-Making Guide for Farm Service Providers and Educators
Dunlap Case Study
Mental Health Case Study "The Dunlap's Beef Cattle: The Impact of Intergenerational Farm Transfer"
Roanoke Case Study
Mental Health Case Study "The Family Vegetable Farm in Roanoke, Virginia"
Montel Case Study
Mental Health Case Study "The Montel Family: An Intergenerational Farm"
Cooper Case Study
Mental Health Case Study "The Cooper Family Story"
Johnson Case Study
Mental Health Case Study "The Johnsons' Broiler Farm"
Grape Production Injuries and Prevention
Grape Production Injuries and Prevention
Farm Stress Brochure
Coping with Stress in the Agricultural Community Brochure from VDACS

Farm Financial Systems

Overview of Financial Systems for New and Beginning Farmers
Overview of Financial Systems for New and Beginning Farmers
Introduction of Financial Systems for New and Beginning Farmers
Introduction of Financial Systems for New and Beginning Farmers
Introduction to Farm Planning Budgets for New and Beginning Farmers
Introduction to Farm Planning Budgets for New and Beginning Farmers

And More!

Small Farm Orientation: Checklist for a Beginning Small Farmer
Small Farm Orientation: Checklist for a Beginning Small Farmer
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Successful Farm Startup for Beginners: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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Are you a Beginning Farmer? A Resource Tool of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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Introduction to Labor Issues for Beginning Farmers
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An Evaluation of Program, Training, and Resource Needs of Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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Virginia Beginning Farmer Profiles
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Common Ground: Why Should University Faculty Partner with Virginia Cooperative Extension?
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Building Capacity & Sustainable Partnerships: A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Beginning Farmer Training in Virginia
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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program Survey Final Report and Instrument
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Certified Farm Seeker Program Report
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VBFRC Past Participant Survey Report
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VBFRC Past Participant Interview Brief

During the spring and summer of 2015, members of the VBFRC interviewed the owners of five farms across Virginia to ask about their experiences and enterprises. Each farmer discussed how they got started in farming, their primary products and markets, labor practices, and a variety of other topics related to their farms. These conversations were recorded for the purpose of creating videos that will help beginning and established farmers and ranchers in Virginia learn more about other Virginia farmers while gaining valuable information about how different farms are operated. To view these videos, visit our YouTube channel.

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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu or 540-231-4582.   For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at niewolny@vt.edu.

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