Farm profitability workshop set for Dec. 10 in St. Martinville

Richard Bogren, Losavio, Ruthie  |  11/27/2018 8:27:56 PM

(11/27/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program will offer a workshop on farm profitability in St. Martinville on Dec. 10.

Farmer and business consultant Ellen Polishuk will lead the workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Cade Farm, 1234 W.J. Bernard Road.

“This daylong workshop will help both producers and those who serve them learn how to increase farm profits through recordkeeping,” said Louisiana SARE program assistant Sydney Melhado. “Participants will learn to identify where funds may be wasted on the farm and where some inputs could be more effective.”

The training is sponsored by the SARE program along with the AgCenter Grow Louisiana Beginning Farmer Training Program.

Polishuk is a first-generation sustainable vegetable farmer with a degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. Her company, Plant to Profit, helps both new and experienced farmers find and address the factors limiting their success.

Polishuk recently retired from 25 years of farming at Potomac Vegetable Farms in northern Virginia, where she grew produce for two roadside stands, seven farmers markets and a 550-member community-supported agriculture group.

Registration for the workshop is $10, with pre-registration required online at https://lasarefarmprofits2018.eventbrite.com. The cost of lunch is included in registration.

For more information, contact Melhado at smelhado@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-578-1037.

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