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University of Tennessee Extension is launching a new educational program uniquely designed to help beginning farmers or individuals starting a new venture in agriculture. UT Farming Fundamentals provides participants with resources and information on the essential principles needed to build a successful operation.

Program topics will include production basics, farm and financial management, marketing, taxes, business plan development and other related topics.

“UT Farming Fundamentals is specifically set up for beginning farmers to start their business on a strong foundation and help avoid early missteps,” said program coordinator Charley Martinez, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “This program was developed by agents and specialists across the state of Tennessee.”

The program launches January 1, and online registration is now open. Once registered, participants will receive a link that enables on-demand access to all of the program’s videos and resources. The cost of participating in the program is $100. Participants who fully complete the program will receive a certification and, if they signed up, they will qualify for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, which provides cost share dollars to agricultural producers.

For more information, visit farmingfundamentals.tennessee.edu. Contact Charley Martinez with questions about the program at cmart113@utk.edu or 865-974-7414.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. utia.tennessee.edu.