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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Webinar Series Archive

Below you will find all the previously recorded webinars featured in the VBFRC Webinar Series. If you have any suggestions for future webinar topics, please email vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu.

Recordkeeping and Taxes for Farmers

November 10, 2016

Presenter: John Howe

Presenter Bio: I earned a BS in Dairy Science from Penn State and a MS in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech. Work experience includes 19 years with Virginia Cooperative Extension, this includes 5 years as a Farm Management Agent and 14 as a Animal Science Agent and Unit Coordinator. Additionally I worked 22 years for Farm Credit and held different positions including; Loan Officer, Credit Manager and I was the Chief Internal Auditor when I retired.      

 

Insurance Considerations for Farmers

November 3, 2016

Presenter: Scott Denoon

Presenter Bio: Scott DeNoon is the Farm Product and Underwriting Manager for the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Companies and has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.  During his career, he has assisted agricultural operations throughout Virginia in the development of insurance, loss control and risk management programs and specializes in the design of programs for agritourism attractions.  In his current role, Scott is responsible for developing and executing profitable growth and retention strategies for Virginia Farm Bureau’s farm product lines and coordinating product development and marketing initiatives. 

Scott is a graduate of James Madison University and holds several insurance designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Certified Insurance Counselor, Agribusiness & Farm Insurance Specialist, Associate in Personal Insurance, and Associate in Insurance Services.  He is also recognized as a Virginia Insurance Continuing Education Instructor. 

Scott is a native of Powhatan, Virginia where he was raised in a dairy farming community.  He and his wife, Joy, currently reside in Mechanicsville, Virginia and have one daughter, Emily.         

 

Forms of Incorporation

October 20, 2016

Presenter: Andrew Branan, The Branan Law Firm, PLLC

Presenter Bio: For more information on Andrew Branan, you can read all about his life and career in Farm Law at: http://www.brananlaw.com/about-the-lawyer/

 

Bookkeeping and Software Selection

October 13, 2016

Presenter: Audrey Powers, BB&T

Presenter Bio: I have worked in the financial industry for 35 years and with BB&T for 26.  Current position is Small Business Specialist Team Leader for the Valley Region assisting a variety of small business clients including farmers with financial needs.   I have a BS degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting.  The bank also keeps us well educated in financial analysis, regulations, and products and services that fit specific small business client’s needs.  I grew up on a small farm where we raised hogs, chickens, milked cows, and grew vegetables for consumption; and tobacco as a cash crop.  Gardening and spending time with my family, especially grandchildren, are my greatest joy.  I love the outdoors.

 

Financial Needs Assessment

October 6, 2016

Presenter: Amy Gail Fannon, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Presenter Bio: Amy Gail Fannon is the Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Lee County.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Crop and Soil‐Environmental Science with minors in Forestry and Environmental Science in December 2008 from Virginia Tech. She finished her Master's Degree in Crop and Soil‐Environmental Science from Virginia Tech with her thesis focusing on hair sheep production in silvopasture systems in 2012.  Amy resides on her family’s small farm in community of Hickory Flats in Lee County.  The farm has been in the family for four generations and currently produces soybeans, corn, alfalfa hay, and pumpkins.

 

Introduction to the Whole Farm Business Plan Challenge

September 29, 2016

Presenter: Tamara McNaughton, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Presenter Bio: Tamara serves Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) part-time as Agriculture Program Manager which includes general support to farmers, farmers market managers, and building consumer awareness of the local food system. She focuses on assisting farmers with Whole Farm Business Planning, assisting Markets in accepting EBT and double dollars, designing ASD’s Local Food Guide, and team coordination of various aspects of Rooted in Appalachia. She studied Applied Anthropology/Sustainable Development as an undergraduate and Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development as a graduate both at Appalachian State University.  When she’s not working on aspects of the local food system for ASD, she’s tending to TNT Farm N Greenhouse in Meadowview VA.

 

Farm Internships and Apprenticeships

September 16, 2015

Presenter: Lorien MacAuley, PhD Student, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech

Summary: Many farms are interested in learning how to host interns and apprentices, or would like to enhance/update their existing farm internship or apprenticeship. This webinar will review the basics, including how to make the experience a good one for you and your interns or apprentices, and common policies and practices on the farm. The webinar will also delineate legal considerations that farmers must be aware of for their apprenticeship or internship program, and provide resources for further information on farm internships and apprenticeships.

 

Land Transfer Options: Virginia Farm Link & the Certified Farm Seeker Program

August 17, 2015

Presenters: Andy Sorrell, Office of Farmland Preservation Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS); Katie Myer, Certified Farm Seeker Coordinator

Summary: Land transfer and farm start-up go hand-in-hand for many. Finding good land and planning for the next generation also require careful planning. In this webinar, Mr. Andy Sorrell and Ms. Katie Myer will provide participants with an overview of the Virginia Farm Link and Certified Farm Seeker (CFS) land transfer planning programs as tools for beginning farmers. The CFS is a partnership program of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, co-developed and organized by VDACS and Virginia Farm Bureau. This overview will be followed by a detailed walk-through of the required components of the CFS program and common questions CFS applicants have as they complete the modules of the program. The session will conclude with a question ans answer period from the webinar participants.

 

Enterprise Analysis: Farm Financial System Overview

July 21, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Morgan, Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Summary: An overview of the Farm Financial System will be presented, including an introduction of farm financial statements and farm planning budgets. Participants will be provided with a checklist of resources and data necessary for farm financial risk management. Participants will gain a working knowledge on the value of farm financial systems for making profitable decisions. After the presentation, we open the floor for a question and answer session.

 

Critical Farm Labor Issues for Beginning and Start-Up Farmers

June 15, 2015

Presenters: Anne Geyer, Agriberry Farm; Allyssa Mark and Kim Niewolny, Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

Summary: Farm labor is important to consider when making decisions on your farm. These decisions may be about who you will hire, where you will find interns or employees, and what legal matters are relevant to you and your farm. This webinar addresses these labor issues and more to help you begin planning or expanding your farm enterprise. First, the VBFRCP team introduces you to some important farm labor topics that you will need to consider on your farm. Next, Anne Geyer of Agriberry Farm discusses Agriberry’s experiences with labor and management with a special emphasis on their Young Worker Training Program.  After the presentation, we open the floor for a question and answer session with Anne and the VBFRCP team.

 

Gaining Access to Farmland:  Economic Considerations of Farm Leasing

February 19, 2014

Presenter:  Dr. Gordon Groover, Extension Economist Farm Management, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Summary:  When someone thinks of a farm lease, the first thought usually is, “how much will I pay or get paid?” This often occurs before the tenant or landlord have even meet or discussed any terms. However, the main thought process should quickly shift to, “how can we reach a fair and beneficial arrangement for farmland and improvements?” Focusing on price does ground the process on financial terms yet it “short-circuits" the process of systematically discussing the contributions each is providing to ensure a viable arrangement. For example, what kind of land and improvements can be offered by the land owner?  What kind of experience, skills, management, machinery, and/or livestock can be offered by the land seeker?  These types of questions are a sample of what needs to be analyzed to achieve a fair lease arrangement. This webinar will focus on basic economic considerations of leasing, establishing a negotiation range, and valuation of assets and other inputs supplied by the leaseholder and/or landlord--- together designed to help farmers address those important farm leasing questions. 

 

Connecting Beginning Farmers to New Markets:  Start-up Advice & Resources for Gaining Access to Farmers Markets

Panel Presenters: 

Leanne DuBois,  VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Grown Program
Ellen Stewart, Blacksburg Farmers Market
Meredith Ledlie, Virginia Cooperative Extension,  Family Nutrition Program

Summary:   Farmers markets are a growth industry in Virginia and the nation and a great venue for new farmers to reach customers and sell products.  This panel discussion covers three related themes to help you gain access to farmers markets.  First, learn about farmers markets in the state, unique marketing opportunities and resources available to assist in marketing and promotion through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).   Next, learn a few “best practices” for applying and participating in a local market.  There are many variations in farmers markets.  How do you find the best fit for your business?   How do you apply?   Third, learn the ins and outs of accepting SNAP benefits (food stamps) at the farmers market or by applying for your own machine as a new vendor, discussed  by our Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program.   

 

Access to Land:  The Leasing Option (Legal Aspects of Leasing Land for Beginners)

Presenter:  Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech

Summary: Rented farmland is essential to virtually every full-time farming operation and many part-time Virginia farmers. Leasing farmland is particularly important for new and beginning farmers. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, over 15,000 farms in Virginia lease a total of nearly 3,000,000 acres of farmland in the state.  This webinar will cover the basic legal issues involved in farm leasing.  These and other questions will be covered:  Why should you have a written lease? What issues should the lease consider? What does all the legal jargon really mean? What happens if the lease expires and I still have crops to harvest? 

 

Access to Credit:  Farm Credit - A Partnership for all Farmers

August 21, 2013

Presenters: Paul Eberly, Commercial Team Leader & Capital Markets, Teresa Harris, Regional Lending Manager

Summary: Farm Credit is a nationwide system of cooperatives formed almost 100 years ago specifically to provide financing to farmers.  In this series, you will learn about the types of loans available, with experienced loan officers walking  you through the information needed to apply for a loan, how to prepare that information and  why.  Whether you are applying for your first loan to purchase land, operating money or equipment or if you are considering an expansion of your operation, this beginning farmer webinar will explain how to make your application process more successful and less stressful.your interns or apprentices, and common policies and practices on the farm.

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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program 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 #2015-70017-22887. For more information, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at niewolny@vt.edu or 540-231-5784.

 

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