KYFarmStart - Kentucky's Beginning Farmer Program

Ky FarmStart is a management program for beginning farmers and transitioning farmers (those inheriting a family farm and moving into a new role). Participants learn about whole farm planning, enterprise selection, soils and production skills (based on their interests). Groups of counties form groups and UK College of Ag, Food and Environment specialists design a program to meet the needs of those clientele.

The 2013 Beginning Farmers went to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Representatives and to attend the USDA Outlook Conference.

The goal of the KyFarmStart is to assist beginning farmers evaluate their land, labor, and other resources to make management decisions that are profitable for their operation. Through this process, producers learn about enterprise identification, management, marketing, farm safety, and production. One of the primary program goals is to assist producers in developing a whole farm management plan.

If you are interested, contact your county Extension agent for more information and to let them know of your interest. Lee Meyer at is our department contact for the program.