University of Maryland Extension

2016 Farming: Pencil to Plow

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
One Stop Job Market
31901 Tri-County Way
Salisbury, MD 21804
United States
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University of Maryland Extension is pleased to offer ”Farming – Pencil to Plow”, a nationally recognized beginning farmer program by the National Association of County Agriculture Agents.  This is an eight (8) week entrepreneurial training course designed for aspiring small farmers and those producers interested in diversifying their operation.

Being held at 31901 Tri-County Way Salisbury, Maryland this course will be offered starting February 2, 2016 and ending on March 15, 2016.  Class will meet each Tuesday of the week from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with graduation will be held April 5th.  Course material will include:

  • Learning components of a business plan
  • Learning why, how, and where to do agricultural market research
  • Becoming aware of government regulations facing small farmers and identifying compliance resources.
  • Understanding the importance of budgeting
  • Discussing cash flow projections
  • Reviewing content and purpose of Income Statements and Balance Sheets

Course curriculum will be supplemented by presentations given by experts in the agriculture field, representatives of the University of Maryland Extension Offices and other local agencies on specific agriculture components that are key to enhancing successful farming. 

Participants who complete this training course will have a prepared business plan to present to potential lending sources and a certificate of completion issued by NxLevel a nationally recognized entrepreneurship training provider.             

Registration is $40.00 person which includes class materials and a light dinner each evening of class. Register online at  For additional information on the course, contact Jessica Flores at (410) 632-1972.

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