A partnership between Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Farm Service Agency has developed a successful production training program for more than 367 farmers. Farmers received training in producing planning and budgets, partial budgeting, and livestock and agronomic basics. Significant gains in knowledge occurred in multi-year planning, enterprise budgeting, and use of the Penn State Agronomy Guide. Designing workshop material for low-producing farmers proved difficult because most participants, while finding the topics helpful, also found the material too advanced. Future focus will encourage greater involvement with private-sector institutions and coordination between production and management Extension specialists.
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Hanson, G. D., Parsons, R. L., Chess, W. J., & Balliet, K. L. (2002). Farm Production Analysis Training for Small Farmers. The Journal of Extension, 40(4), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss4/11