As early-career Extension educators challenged by societal, structural, agricultural, and fiscal trends, we designed a multiyear educational program to support the diverse needs of emerging specialty crop producers in northwest Michigan. This article presents outcomes of that program. We explore how Extension professionals can develop impactful programs that address the varied needs of the next generation of agricultural producers. We provide an overview of the New FARM program, addressing the rationale, program objectives, program logistics, evaluation results, and implications. We hope the New FARM program will serve as a useful model for early-career Extension professionals.
Sirrine, J. R., Eschbach, C. L., Lizotte, E., & Rothwell, N. L. (2016). The New FARM Program: A Model for Supporting Diverse Emerging Farmers and Early-Career Extension Professionals. The Journal of Extension, 54(4), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss4/22