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Scaling Up for Regional Markets
The Cornell Small Farms Program has received a $600,000 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant for a new project to help beginning farmers scale up by preparing them to hire, manage, and retain skilled employees.The Cornell team will create a new "Labor Ready Farmer" curriculum to provide emerging farm business owners and Latino agricultural employees seeking to rise to the ranks of owners with the skills they need to run a successful farm operation. The curriculum will include online courses and videos, plain-language guides and visual resources, community-based training programs, and new networks. The curriculum will be tested in New York before being shared nationally.