Farmer training program seeks Wilson applicants

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GREENVILLE — Current and future farmers who are interested in working with N.C. Cooperative Extension agents to develop a business plan are being asked to register now for N.C. Farm School Down East interest meetings in December.

N.C. Farm School Down East training is open to participants from Wilson County and will help new and experienced farmers start or diversify a farming operation with classroom training and opportunities to visit local farms in the area.

Students who sign up for the full program, which includes eight classroom sessions along with tours of working farms in eastern North Carolina, will learn how to make a farming enterprise a profitable endeavor, according to program organizers.

“I like these trips because you can actually see it,” N.C. Farm School graduate David Brown said in a news release. “To see how people are making it work is really helpful.”

Interest meetings with prospective Farm School enrollees will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Pitt County Extension Center, 403 Government Circle, Greenville. Participants are required to RSVP online in order to reserve time for an interest meeting.

“Whether they are transitioning from tobacco or beginning on their first acreage, farmers need to know how to make their endeavors profitable to be able to keep their land,” Pitt County Extension Director Leigh Guth said.

For more information or to register for an interest meeting, visit https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu/.