Thursday, December 27, 2018

Farm and Ranch Business Planning Course
Thursday evenings, January 31 to March 7, 2019, 6-9 PM, plus Saturday, February 9, 10 AM-4 PM and Saturday, February 16, 1-4 PM
UC Cooperative Extension office, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA

Cost is $50 per operation, up to 3 people may attend from an operation.

This course is for those who have been in business for a year or more, and want to get a better handle on the business aspects of their farm or ranch operation. It covers farm economics, cash flow management, operations planning and continuity, risk management, and marketing strategies. You will need detailed sales and expense records for one or more years. 

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, and we ask participants to commit to attending all sessions.

If this course sounds like it would be helpful to your farm or ranch business, please apply at .  

Friday, December 7, 2018

CFA Training Program is accepting applications!

The CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program, a program of the Center for Land-Based Learning, provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers.  During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to the classes, hands-on field experience & farm visits expose students to topics critical for a future in farming. Classes are designed to accommodate work schedules, meeting on Tuesday & Thursday in the early evenings & two Saturdays per month. 
Please visit our website for more information or to apply:
Training Program Application Due:                        Ongoing until the class is full.  
Class Session: Feb - Sept 2019

Thursday, December 6, 2018

We can change the future of our food, our planet, and ourselves. Learn how by tapping into 8,000 years of collective knowledge at the 9th annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference in Grass Valley, CA. Featuring world-renowned keynote speakers, field days, farm tours, a host of food and farming workshops, a film hosted by South Yuba River Citizens League, and much more. Register and explore the conference at

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Secretary Perdue announces new OneUSDA Internship Program

Hello USDA Family-

Today, I am proud to announce that we are accepting applicants to our “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. Today’s students are the future of America and there are few things more American than agriculture. We’re aiming to find freshtalent, with diverse backgrounds, across all 50 states, to begin their careers as an intern with USDA

As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in serving their country and working here at USDA, please pass this email along to them. We would love to hear from them and have them serve at USDA.

The OneUSDA Internship Program provides students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. At USDA, we are committed to teaching and shepherding the next generation ofstrong leaders.

USDA will start reviewing applications on December 9, and the application window will close on January 18, 2019. Help us spread the word!

In the Summer of 2019, USDA will hire Pathways Interns in hundreds of locations across every state for the following occupational fields:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Biological Sciences (e.g., natural resources management forestry, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, botany, rangeland management, recreation)
  • Engineering
  • Agribusiness, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry
  • General Administration and Office Support

After choosing the geographic region of preference and the career path that best matches with students’ area of study and professional aspirations at, students simply follow the weblinks to to set up an account, then follow the prompts to apply to the internship.

For more information, visit

Thank you for everything you do to “Do Right and Feed Everyone.”

Sonny Perdue