April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Purdue offering beginner farm tours

By Purdue Cooperative Extension Bartholomew County-

Press release

Ten farm tours across the state will offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations.

The events are organized by Purdue Extension as part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program. The series begins in May and runs through mid-October.

"We hope that aspiring and current farmers will find the tours to be a source of useful information and an opportunity to meet and interact with other people who are passionate about farming," said Kevin Gibson, professor of botany and plant pathology and one of the leaders on Purdue's Beginning Farmers team.

Registration is now open for the first five tours. Space is limited and registration is required. To join a mailing list to receive updates on the farm tours and other events planned by the Beginning Farmer team, send an email message to [email protected].

Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher program was launched in 2015 to increase the number of farm start-ups in the state and provide direct, practical assistance to anyone who is new to farming, especially operators of small farms and military veterans. The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.[[In-content Ad]]