Anyone interested in becoming a farmer can get a jump-start this month.

Purdue University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host its Beginning Farmer East Regioanl Workshop Oct. 28 in Randolph County.

The event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Randolph County Fairgrounds, will offer a series of workshops for beginning farmers. Topics will including parture management, marketing products and business planning.

Purdue Extension personnel will be available to discuss other topics and answer questions.

The fee is $10. To register, visit

Sign-up set

Jay County 4-H will host its Fall Family Festival is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Jay County Fairgrounds.

In addition to being able to enroll for 4-H projects — each member who does so will get a prize — there will also be games and workshops. Food will also be available.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (260) 726-4707.

Accepting applications

Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for livestock promotion and market development grants.

The grants are available to non-profit groups that involve cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry and rabbits. They provide funding for “value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development or other projects that encourage the growth of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and/or distribution.” Also eligible are educational programs and livestock shows.

For more information, visit The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.