Basics of Conservation Finance: Facilitator’s Guide

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This Facilitator’s Guide is for educators, such as those from university extension services, who are interested in delivering training on the basics of conservation finance in their state or local area.

The target audiences for the training are conservation professionals, farm business management educators, and members of the agricultural finance sector. The overarching goal of the training is to help participants feel more confident about having conversations with farmers and answering their questions about conservation economics and finance.

The training was designed to be replicated easily, particularly across Midwestern states. It could be integrated into existing educational programming aimed at capacity building among conservation professionals, farm business management educators, and other farm advisors who play a role in helping farmers achieve sustainable and profitable operations.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2021-38640-34714 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC21-206. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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