Borrower Training will be offered Nov. 21-22 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room. The UAPB Small Farm Program is a designated vendor to offer the business education course.


Producers will undergo intensive education consisting of 12 hours of farm business training and six hours of production, crop or livestock training.


“This business education course is required for many new or beginning Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrowers or for farmers receiving a second year loan or other FSA loans,” Henry English,” director, UAPB Small Farm Program, said. “Most producers needing to take the course have two years from receipt of their first FSA loan to complete Borrower Training,” he added.


Producers will have required homework and be tested at the end of the training. They will receive a score of 1 to 3. A score of 1 or 2 is needed to pass the course. The score will be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FSA state office and to the borrower’s local FSA loan officer.


The cost for the training is $300 per person. Funds will go to a UAPB Small Farm Program Borrower Training Fund. Fees will be collected on the first day of the course. Only a cashier’s check or money order, made payable to UAPB Small Farm Program, will be accepted.


The S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center is located at 2101 Oliver Road, off University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Those interested in taking the course should contact the Small Farm Program at 870-575-7226 or 7225.


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.