Small-scale, diversified farmers – have you heard the news? There’s a new insurance program available from USDA called Micro Farm insurance, available specifically for farmers making up to $350,000 annually. If you’ve thought federal crop insurance didn’t apply to you before, well, things are starting to change!
CT will have an in-person workshop at the Tolland Ag. Center, Vernon, CT – Dec 1, 2022(10am – 5pm, morning and afternoon sessions) It’s Free and Lunch is included!
This workshop is a sequence of five parts, divided into Session One and Session Two. Session One (Parts A and B) covers Micro Farm eligibility requirements and the application process. In Session Two (Parts C, D, and E), we’ll look at ways to refine your financial recordkeeping. We invite you to attend one or both sessions depending on your interests and needs.
Session 1: Micro Farm Insurance – What is This and Who is Eligible? (Part A)Leave knowing whether Micro Farm insurance is applicable to your operation and what other risk management options are available if you are currently ineligible.
Session 1: Micro Farm Insurance – Applying for Insurance and What You Need to Know (Part B)Leave knowing how to apply for and benefit from Micro Farm insurance, and what financial records you will need. Understand how the insurance premium and coverage works, and how to work with an insurance agent and place a claim.
Session 2: Refining Your Records Refine your financial recordkeeping to better manage your farm business and prepare you for the Micro Farm insurance program. (Part C)Understanding Your Farm’s Financial Records (Part D)Preparing a Schedule F Tax Form (Part E)Steps for Improving Your Financial Recordkeeping
Can’t attend but still could use the help? Check out these self-guided tools:
Farmers: Are you considering biodegradable plastic mulch (BDM) for your crops? Shuresh Ghimire, UConn Extension educator for vegetable crops, visits Bruce Gresczyk Jr. of Gresczyk Farms in New Hartford, Connecticut to discuss biodegradable plastic mulch (BDM), and the advantages and disadvantages of BDM for vegetable farmers: https://youtu.be/kyvB1QxHAtE
UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is offering two events on the science of GMOs next week that we welcome you to attend.
GMO 2.0: Science, Society and the Futureis onWednesday, April 24thin the UConn Student Union Theater on the Storrs Campus at 7 PM.
The panel features four experts that have research connections to GMOs, and will be moderated by Dean Indrajeet Chaubey from the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Panel topics include the risks and benefits of genetically engineered crops; ethical, legal, and social implications of GMOs; CRISPR and other GMO technologies; and the future of GMOs and big agriculture. It’s open to anyone interested in attending.
The goal of the panel presentation is to provide science-based, and unbiased information on GMOs, and the misinformation around them. The panelists will present information in a non-science format for those unfamiliar with the terminology and nuances of the subjects.
GMOs:Answering Difficult Questions from your Customersis being held onThursday, April 25that 7 PM at the Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, in Vernon.
This presentation is specifically for farmers, but all are welcome to attend. Dr. Paul Vincelli from the University of Kentucky will give a presentation on the risks and benefits of GMOs, and answering questions about GMOs. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Both events are free for anyone to attend, but registration is requested for planning purposes. For more information on the events, or to register please visithttps://gmo.uconn.edu/events/or call 860-486-9228.