Kentucky Ag News

National presenters head Growing Farm Profits workshop


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Growing Farm Profits workshop is a farmer-to-farmer training taught by three well-respected nationally-known speakers being held Feb. 1-3 at E.S. Good Barn in Lexington. It is geared toward horticultural producers to help them understand factors that impact profitability, including financial records, crop budgets, packing shed design, food safety procedures, and marketing.

Participants will learn such things as how to track costs in each farm operation, using records to discover their most profitable crops, harvesting and packing techniques to increase shelf-life and profits, and more.

The $25 registration includes continental breakfast and lunch all three days and resource materials (valued at more than $100), including a Post Harvest Handling workbook containing harvesting and packing details for virtually every type of produce, and Veggie Compass, which can be used to discover profit areas, and to predict profit outcomes based on different farm scenarios.

Instructors are Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farms in Virginia, Jim Munsch, a Wisconsin beef producer and business consultant, and Atina Diffley, a Minnesota vegetable farmer and author.

Registration is at

Hotel information is available at

Partners in this training include Southern SAWG, USDA Southern Risk Management Education Center, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Horticulture Council, and Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development along with Community Farm Alliance, Seed Capital Kentucky, and Louisville Farm to Table.