Following the success of the Teagasc Options for Farm Families Course in the County in recent years Teagasc have announced the commencement of a new course for Farm Families commencing in October 2013.
The course will examine ways of supplementing incomes on farms through on farm and off farm enterprises. The course will help farm families to examine a variety of income opportunities including how to develop an idea, assessing the farm enterprise, food enterprise possibilities, direct selling, rural tourism, organic opportunities, energy crops, forestry, completing a business plan and applying for grant aid.
A feature of the course will be the presence guest speakers who have successfully established new enterprises and will inform the participants of the challenges and opportunities they faced in developing their business.
Donal Mullane, Teagasc Regional Manager stated that “the quality of participants at previous course was very high with a number of new start ups spawning from the course and availing of LEADER funding to establish their business. Exposure to guest speakers who have been successful has proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the course.”
Michael White, Teagasc Options Course Coordinator says that “the purpose of the course is to give information on a range of alternatives and that way to put farmers in a better position to assess which of any of these opportunities may have a role on or off the farm.”
The course commences on October 9 at the Teagasc Advisory Office, Thurles and will run for five nights over five consecutive weeks, commencing at 7pm each night. All farmers and farm family members are welcome. Admission is free but prior booking is essential.
Contact the local Teagasc offices at Clonmel Thurles and Nenagh to book your place.