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Posted on 03/11/13

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Course at RCC

Trees, crops, cattle. These are all agricultural businesses.

Herbal soap, jams, pickles. When you grow the product, these are agricultural businesses, too.

All of these businesses have a common goal: to operate effectively in order to enjoy the highest profit margin possible.

And that’s the catch. How do you know what prices the market can bear? How can you determine the best logistics to get your product to market? What is the best market? How do you know where you are wasting money? What can you do between growing seasons?

Once every week for eight weeks, Debi Joyce will be instructing the NC REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship program. In addition to pricing, logistics and marketing, Joyce will discuss the nuts and bolts of business development and management, finance and regulatory requirements, quality and safety standards and more.

She has the information, resources and contacts you need to run your operation more efficiently and effectively, as well as to take an idea or project from feasibility to business planning.

This is a hands-on, interactive program beneficial to urban farmers, crop producers, chicken producers, flower farmers and anyone who grows a marketable agricultural commodity.

Classes will be held on Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., April 11-May 30 at Rockingham Community College in room 105 of the Advanced Technologies Building. The cost is $65.

For information or to register for the class, call Cathy Wheeler, Small Business Center Director at RCC, at 342-4261, ext. 2316.

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