Teagasc Options Workshops to Provide Farm Families with New Thinking
What are the options for increasing family farm income? Are they through on-farm efficiencies or through diversification? To help farmers make wise financial decisions and inspire diversification ideas, Teagasc are organising a series of “Options” workshops for farm families at 12 locations throughout the country this autumn.
The first workshop commences at McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, County Mayo, Tuesday, 29 September. All workshops commence at 7.30pm.
Each workshop will consist of 5 sessions run over five consecutive weeks and will include visits to local farms and entrepreneurs who have succeeded in diversifying their farming activities. Topics covered at the workshops will include: Idea generation; assessing your enterprise; developing your idea; family farm finances; marketing & direct selling; food enterprise possibilities; rural tourism; organic opportunities; #alternative land use options; a business plan - the basics; farm family finance; business supports; applying for grant aid.
Allen McAdam, a native of Carrickmacross in County Monaghan will be opening the Teagasc Options for Farm Families workshops in 12 locations nationally this autumn. Allen McAdam has over 16 years’ experience of working in the Local Development Sector in Ireland and across Europe. Other speakers will include Teagasc enterprise advisors/specialists along with local development companies, local advisory agencies and local enterprise boards. In addition, farmers and successful rural entrepreneurs will be present to tell their own story.
Speaking in advance of the first workshop in Claremorris Geraldine Hynes, Teagasc Options co-ordinator for the workshop said: “Improving household income is the key focus for all farm families .The options workshop will help farm families take a serious look at the resources and options available on the farm and within the farm household to generate additional income for the family. Hearing first hand from farmers who have succeeded in adding an additional income stream tells their own story helps expose farm families to new ideas and examine opportunities across a range of options.”
All farmers and farm family members are welcome to attend. Workshops are free of charge but prior booking is essential. There will be a small fee for a bus to the farm walks.
Other locations and start dates include,
Fermoy Marts, Fermoy, Tuesday, 6 October
Teagasc in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Wednesday, 7 October
Teagasc Kinsealy, Dublin, Thursday, 8 October
Teagasc Skibbereen, Cork, Wednesday, 14 October
Teagasc Listowel, Kerry, Thursday, 15 October
Teagasc Thurles, Tipperary, Tuesday, 20 October
Teagasc Castlerea, Roscommon, Wednesday, 21 October
Teagasc Tullamore, Offaly, Thursday 22 October
Teagasc Mohill, Leitrim, Tuesday, 3 November
Teagasc Scarriff, Clare, Tuesday, 10 November
Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town, Donegal, Wednesday, 11 November