Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions III

Register here, 2014 Healthy Farms Conference

Breakout Sessions
Friday, February 14th. 3:30pm. 

Farm Budgets. 
Roger Wilson.

Roger through his work as a Farm Management/Enterprise Budget Analyst in the UNL Ag Economics Department has created crop budgets, budgets for sheep and goat enterprises, and whole farm budgets for horticulture, organic, and conventional crop producers. Roger's session will introduce you to the tools available and demonstrate how they can help you become a better financial manager on your farm. 

About Roger: 
His career began in 1969 as a middle and high school science teacher. He worked as a county extension agent (before they were known as educators) in Nebraska beginning in 1972. He moved to Scottsbluff National Bank as a loan officer and farm manager beginning in 1979 and continued to be employed by acquiring banks until returning to the University of Nebraska for an advanced degree in 1997. The University of Nebraska hired him as a research analyst in 2001. He has been a Farm Management / Enterprise Budget Analyst since 2008. He received a BS degree in honors in 1969 and a MS degree in Agricultural Economics in 2001 all from the University of Nebraska. He married his wife, Margaret, in 1968 and has three adult children and nine grandchildren.  

Movement for Farmers. 
Chelsea Taxman.

As a farmer, you provide so much nourishment for the community, but are you taking care of your personal physical and mental health? Join Chelsea for an hour of energetic movements, stretches, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. This interactive class will emphasize areas of the body most often used in the physical nature of farming. Movement for Farmers is designed as a Hatha Yoga class for beginners, but open to all levels as there is plenty of room to deepen your existing practice.  If you experience soreness, tightness or low energy and a desire to indulge in some personal "spa" time,  this may be the class for you!  

About Chelsea: 
A native to Omaha, aspiring herbalist, permaculturist and home gardener, Chelsea Taxman is also the Education Coordinator for Truck Farm, an urban agriculture education program. She travels to Omaha Public Schools offering education to youth about where our food comes from today.  Chelsea also incorporates lessons of healthy eating, movement and sustainability into the Truck Farm curriculum. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher in the Omaha area. 

Recruiting and Retaining Young Farmers. 
Brian Smith.

The average American farmer is 55 years old and has no successor. Young people lack the skills, knowledge, and cash to run modern farms. But our nation can't simply give up on the profession that defined civilization. Learn about the gaps in the system and participate in a conversation about real action we can take together to solve the problems.

About Brian: 
Brian Smith and his wife own Black Sheep Farms in Omaha. Inspired by his passions for food, ecology, and community, Smith and his family moved from their urban home to a 76-acre farm outside of Bennington. There, they began a diversified farm operation, raising chemical-free heirloom food for a CSA program, a  farmers market, restaurants, and community programs. The first year of Black Sheep Farms was chronicled in the Omaha World-Herald, showing the ups and downs of first-generation farmers. The Smiths moved to Omaha in 2012 and “urbanized” the farm operation.

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