Thursday, January 5, 2017

Farmer-to-Farmer BreakfastFSA Loans & Insurance
Wednesday January 18th8 – 10 AM  UC Cooperative Extension office, Auburn.

Come get to know other farmers and ranchers in our area. Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other agricultural producers about farming and ranching issues. Jesse Simoes of the Farm Service Agency in Elk Grove will give a presentation on their insurance and loan programs. Do you need financing for equipment? Land? Operating expenses? FSA loans may be an option. Have you lost trees or vines due to drought or disease? Do you need to replant? FSA programs might be able to help.

Buffet breakfast.  Cost is $10 per person, and reservations are required. Make your reservation at Sign-ups close January 16th.

Whole Farm Insurance Workshop: Tuesday, January 243-6 PM
Cypress Room in the Placer County CDRA Building, corner of  Bell Road and Richardson Drive, Auburn

There is a new program that can insure your entire farm revenue, be it crops or livestock, against natural disasters, fire, pest losses, etc. and may replace damaged trees or vines.
Come and hear about this program for Placer/Nevada from Catharine Anderson of the USDA Risk Management Agency. Get your questions answered by an insurance agent who deals with this kind of insurance.
See attached fact sheet for details on the program.

Workshop is free. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Register at:

Farm Business Planning: Scaling Up to Profitability
Thursday nights, 6-9 PMFebruary 2 to March 2, 2017 plus Saturday, February 11th, 10 AM-4 PM
UCCE, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA

Thinking about growing your farm or ranch business? Or just increasing profitability? Wondering what it will cost you? Thinking about what you’ll need to do to grow or streamline your business to make it more profitable? Come to the Farm Business Planning course this year!
We will delve into analysis of your existing crops/species/products and what it will cost to grow or streamline your operation. In a supportive environment, with peer-to-peer feedback, we will help you decide what you need to do, how to do it profitably and how to mitigate the risks you will encounter. 

The course requires sales and expense records for a minimum of one year. You will also need labor and time estimates.
The course is limited to 8 operations so that the group can focus on each individual farm or ranch and help you build more profitable farms and ranches. There is homework for each session.
Cost is $50 per operation, up to 3 people may attend from an operation.

Apply online at Once you submit your application, you should hear back from us within two weeks.
For more information, contact Roger Ingram or Cindy Fake 

2017 Shepherding Series
January 12     Intro to Sheep Production                          
January 14     Intro to Sheep Husbandry Field Day       
March 4          Lambing on Pasture Field Day                 

Integrated Pest Management Workshops for Commercial Growers
Learn about pest management techniques and how to plan your pest management program. These workshops will give you tools and resources to manage pests on your farm.  Register at:

February 8     I. Integrated Pest Management Techniques
February 15   II.  Citrus Pest Management
February 22   III.  Deciduous Orchard Pest Management
March 1          IV. Vegetable Pest Management

Other February workshops include:
Feb 15th 7 AM: The popular Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast at the Happy Apple Kitchen. Registration opens mid-January.
February 24th10 AM-4 PM Wholesale Connections: wholesale and direct-to-retail marketing workshop and Speed-dating with area buyers. More details coming.

Support for these programs comes from the USDA Farm Service Agency, the USDA Risk Management Agency and the Western Extension Risk Management Program.