On June 1, 2012, Minority Landowner Magazine along with 15 state and national agencies, non-profits, universities and individuals announced the launch of the North Carolina Farm Turnaround Team.
The Farm Turnaround Team will meet at the kitchen table with family farm enterprises to help identify and correct deficiencies and inefficiencies in their land management operation, and provide short term and long term strategies for turning things around. Addressing these issues often occurs in isolation. The Farm Turnaround Team creates an environment where the farmer receives a comprehensive approach for managing the farm. Every aspect of the farm operation is represented at the table. If we can help the farmer become more productive, that can lead to increased profitability, which can decrease the stresses that lead to farm failures and land loss.
The Farm Turnaround Team has been developed over the past 18 months, with its foundation laid at Minority Landowner Magazine's 5th Anniversary Conference in February 2011. The design of the conference gave farmers, ranchers and forest landowners a forum to tell us the issues that hinder their ability to be successful in the areas of financial management, technical assistance, marketing and succession planning. Using that direct feedback from farmers, resource professionals with expertise in financial management, technical assistance, marketing and succession planning were invited to come together to form the Farm Turnaround Team.
Nearly 60 farm families have already expressed interest in the Farm Turnaround Team, which will make their first visit to family farms later this summer. Team representatives provide the same services that they normally would. The difference is, they will provide those services as part of a team. For example, instead of a farmer calling the State Forest Service for one thing, and Natural Resources Conservation Service for something else, and then Cooperative Extension for something else, all three are at the kitchen table and the farm at the same time. This will result in a more efficient and effective delivery of services to the farmer.
There is no cost to the farmer to utilize the Farm Turnaround Team. The concept has its origins in North Carolina, but Minority Landowner Magazine is working with other states to develop their own Farm Turnaround Team.
For more information on the Farm Turnaround Team contact Minority Landowner Magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 215-1632.
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2011 Conference Report: Creating the Farm Turnaround Team