Agriculture

Track 7: Beginning Farmers

Becoming a farmer is not a simple job change. It is a life change; thus, this track will help participants explore the reasons they want to farm, the planning needed for success, the resources available, and other considerations involved in beginning a diverse small farm. The sessions will explore family and business planning, support networks, land and taxes, financing, marketing, sustainable production knowledge, and equipment and infrastructure acquisition. Program participants are provided with a resource guide summarizing planning tools, agricultural agency roles, public and private networks and organizations, state and federal agencies, and affiliated agribusinesses.

Instructors: Brandy Brabham and Alexandria Straight, WVU Extension Service

Courses offered within this track

Assessing Your Current Situation/Developing Market-Based Enterprises/Creating a Business Plan

Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Brandy Brabham and Alexandria Straight

Brandy Brabham -WVU Extension Service Roane County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu. From bees to beef, Brandy Brabham has always believed in the power of agriculture. The Roane County native regularly generates buzz for her active role in educating community members on topics from protecting pollinators to food preservation. Brabham, West Virginia’s 2010 National Association of Community Agriculture Agents Achievement Award winner for the state, earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources from Berea College in Kentucky in 2000. She later received her master’s in organizational and corporate communications from WVU in 2002. Brabham is no stranger to the world of Extension. A lifelong 4-H member, Brabham was a 4-H program assistant in WVU Extension Service’s Roane County Office in 2000. She has also worked with the the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Statistics Division and served as a Marketing Specialist for the Department’s Marketing and Development Division.

Alexandria Straight, WVU Extension Service Ritchie County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Alexandria.straight@mail.wvu.edu. Alex Straight has a bachelor degree from West Virginia University in Animal and Veterinary Science and a minor in horticulture. She also got her Masters at WVU in Agriculture. Straight started working for WVU Extension in as the ANR Agent in 2009 for Doddridge and Ritchie County. She now just covers Ritchie County. In her short career Straight has presented over 10 abstracts at state and national conference and has published 3 peer reviewed articles/factsheets. Straight lives on a farm with her family in Berea, WV in Ritchie County, raising a large market garden, ducks, goats, chicken and eggs.


Know the Regulations: Farm Business and Tax Requirements

Session 2: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presenters: Brandy Brabham and Alexandria Straight

Brandy Brabham -WVU Extension Service Roane County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu. From bees to beef, Brandy Brabham has always believed in the power of agriculture. The Roane County native regularly generates buzz for her active role in educating community members on topics from protecting pollinators to food preservation. Brabham, West Virginia’s 2010 National Association of Community Agriculture Agents Achievement Award winner for the state, earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources from Berea College in Kentucky in 2000. She later received her master’s in organizational and corporate communications from WVU in 2002. Brabham is no stranger to the world of Extension. A lifelong 4-H member, Brabham was a 4-H program assistant in WVU Extension Service’s Roane County Office in 2000. She has also worked with the the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Statistics Division and served as a Marketing Specialist for the Department’s Marketing and Development Division.

Alexandria Straight, WVU Extension Service Ritchie County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Alexandria.straight@mail.wvu.edu. Alex Straight has a bachelor degree from West Virginia University in Animal and Veterinary Science and a minor in horticulture. She also got her Masters at WVU in Agriculture. Straight started working for WVU Extension in as the ANR Agent in 2009 for Doddridge and Ritchie County. She now just covers Ritchie County. In her short career Straight has presented over 10 abstracts at state and national conference and has published 3 peer reviewed articles/factsheets. Straight lives on a farm with her family in Berea, WV in Ritchie County, raising a large market garden, ducks, goats, chicken and eggs.


A Year of Production: Seasonal Considerations/Financial Opportunities & Support Systems for Farmers

Session 3: 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenters: Brandy Brabham and Alexandria Straight

Brandy Brabham -WVU Extension Service Roane County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu. From bees to beef, Brandy Brabham has always believed in the power of agriculture. The Roane County native regularly generates buzz for her active role in educating community members on topics from protecting pollinators to food preservation. Brabham, West Virginia’s 2010 National Association of Community Agriculture Agents Achievement Award winner for the state, earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources from Berea College in Kentucky in 2000. She later received her master’s in organizational and corporate communications from WVU in 2002. Brabham is no stranger to the world of Extension. A lifelong 4-H member, Brabham was a 4-H program assistant in WVU Extension Service’s Roane County Office in 2000. She has also worked with the the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Statistics Division and served as a Marketing Specialist for the Department’s Marketing and Development Division.

Alexandria Straight, WVU Extension Service Ritchie County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Alexandria.straight@mail.wvu.edu. Alex Straight has a bachelor degree from West Virginia University in Animal and Veterinary Science and a minor in horticulture. She also got her Masters at WVU in Agriculture. Straight started working for WVU Extension in as the ANR Agent in 2009 for Doddridge and Ritchie County. She now just covers Ritchie County. In her short career Straight has presented over 10 abstracts at state and national conference and has published 3 peer reviewed articles/factsheets. Straight lives on a farm with her family in Berea, WV in Ritchie County, raising a large market garden, ducks, goats, chicken and eggs.