New farmers will have an opportunity to get expert advice on how to get a start in the agriculture industry.

The Beginning Farmer East Regional Workshop will offer seminars on a variety of topics to help beginning farmers create a viable business.

The workshop, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 U.S. 27, Winchester, was crafted by Purdue Extension to fit the needs of beginning farmers in the state.

“Purdue has really put a lot of emphasis on working with beginning farmers and diversified farming in the state over the last five years,” said Tamara Benjamin, assistant program leader and a part of the Diversified Farming and Food Systems through Purdue Cooperative Extension.

The idea for the event came when Purdue University applied for a Beginning Farmer-Rancher Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2015, it was awarded the grant, which is all about trying to build a community between the Purdue Extension Educators and beginning farmers.

It also offers an opportunity for Purdue to support small and beginning farmers.

“What can we do to help them become better and more successful and viable farmers?” said Benjamin.

In the last three years, the grant has allowed Purdue to participate in a number of initiatives to build those relationships, and now it is hosting the five workshops for beginning farmers in different areas of the state.

The goal is to build education for the farmers and help them succeed in the best way they can.

“We have a number of different things we will be doing,” said Benjamin. “The program is set up as a full day event of different sessions.”

Pasture management, business planning and pastured poultry are among the topics to be discussed at the workshop. All are tailored to help farmers in the area.

“It’s all about this local direct market and diversified agriculture type activities,” said Benjamin. “We match up (the local) needs of the market and we make sure we provide the technical content at the workshop”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and find helpful resources.

Benjamin hopes that through the workshops, beginning farmers will feel supported by Purdue Extension and find a community with others to help them in their careers.

“I hope beginning farmers feel like they gained knowledge that will help them build a more viable farm and become a more successful farmer,” said Benjamin.

Benjamin’s goal is to bring in at least 35 farmers to the workshop. She said 13 have registered thus far for the event, which has a $10 fee. To register, visit

“Our hope that getting it out through local media and social media that we can get those numbers up,” said Benjamin. “These are great opportunities for farmers to connect and learn from experts, not just specialists, but really great farmers that are becoming really successful through innovation and creativity.”