ALCDC

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation

Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) hosted a Community Economic Development Summit in Osceola, Arkansas on September 21, 2017. 



Topics included: Housing, Farming, Ranching and Heir Property Issues. ALCDC is dedicated to providing services to all segments of our rural communities, particularly the underserved population of socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, rural residents and veterans.  The Summit addressed farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best farm practices. Current farmers/ranchers and New Beginning Farmers Rancher (NBFR) were encouraged to engage with USDA Officials and ALCDC Staff to receive help with farm planning, housing, conservation practices, farm financing and overcoming Heir Property barriers.  

  

 


Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) held a Community Economic Development Summit in Dermott, Arkansas at the Dermott City Hall. Topics discussed included: Housing, Farming, Ranching and Heir Property Issues.  

 

The objective of this meeting was to provide information about programs and services to help bring about major short and long term benefits for you and your family farm business enterprise. The Summit will address farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best farm practices. Current farmers/ranchers and New Beginning Farmers Rancher (NBFR) are invited to attend this Summit. Attendees will engage with USDA Officials and ALCDC Staff to receive help with farm planning, housing, conservation practices, farm financing and how to overcome Heir Property barriers.  

 


 

 Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) hosted an New and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (NBFR) Outreach Meeting with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agencies on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Twin Grove Community Center, 10 Twin Grove Lane in Twin Grove Arkansas.  The Workshops addressed farming and ranching as a business starting with the development of a Farm Business Plan for your operation. ALCDC also provided technical assistance in the areas of: Access to Land & Capital, Risk Management, How to Protect & Invest in Your Land and Resources, How to Build Your Market and Grow Your Business and Food Safety. Two of the biggest challenges facing new farmers and ranchers is access to land and access to capital. Capital needs range from buying the farm itself to financing your business. ALCDC in conjunction with USDA have many tools that you can use when taking these first key steps.

The USDA identifies a NBFR’s as individuals who have been farming or ranching less than ten years.As a new and beginning farmer & rancher, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs may provide up to approximately 90 percent of the estimated costs associated with implementing conservation practices and may also provide up to approximately 50 percent in advance for the purpose of purchasing materials or contracting. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to America's farmers and ranchers to help them implement voluntary conservation measures that benefit both their environment and agricultural operations.


ALCDC held an outreach meeting with the United States Department of Agriculture Agencies and Arkansas Forestry Commission to address Heir Property Barriers in Economic Development on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont Drive in Dumas, AR. The Workshop was held in conjunction with "Houseaboutit" to housing needs in our community.

The workshops addressed farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best practices of: Whole Farm Management; Financial Plans; Conservation Plans; Marketing Plans. Risk Management: Market Risk; Production Risk; Financial Risk; Human Risks and Legal Risks are all scheduled for discussion. Heir property barriers were also on the agenda for discussion and one-on-one heir property consultations  was available for participants after the workshop.