Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
This program is set up to prepare community members of the western Navajo Nation with the education, information and mentor support network to successfully begin farming thier traditonal lands. And to introduce beginning farmers and ranchers of the western Navajo Nation to a variety of good farming and ranching practices.
The Western Navajo Nation Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program or "WNNBFRP" began as a 3 Year USDA grant from October 2009 to September 2012 too:
¤ Reach and train 70 beginning farmers and ranchers
¤ 4 Mentor farmers and Ranchers
¨ Introduce different styles of farming /ranching
¨ Present good farming /ranching practices
¨ Round table discussions on farming /ranching experiences and ideas
¨ Discuss farmers/ranchers properties and the practices they want to pursue
¨ Train on farming skills
Finpack - Financial Analysis and Planning
Diné Inc offers assistance and use of Finpack, a software tool that lets you analyze your farms financial situation and helps plan changes that you want to pursue by comparing your current financial situation.
When using Finpack we will be asking these 3 questions.
1. "Where am I at?" - We will organize and analyze your current farm situation. Looking at finances, income,
debts, land, machinery, current livestock and produce, and other assets.
2. "Where do I want to go?" - We look at the various outcomes you would like for your agricultural operations.
Do you want to expand to more fields? Do you want to change the percantage of sheep to cows that you have?
Do you want to try some new crops? You can even ask variations on each of these or combine some together.
3. “How do I get there?" Using Finpack, we will then be able to analyze the possible results of your choices and
help look at the financial planning needed to get to that point.
Quicken Training & Workshops - Developed by Oklahoma State University
Diné Inc offers FREE copies of Quicken and training workshops in using Quicken for tracking household, farm and ranch financial records.
• 2 hours training session that can cover
• Free copy of Quicken 2007 for all perticipants
• Farm Financial Record Keeping
> Entering and Managing exising accounts
> Loan tracking and payments
> Account registers
> Year End Reporting
> Other Features
> Integrating Quicken and its features to track a small farming business
> Account Tracking
> Report making
> Categorizing expenses for better reporting and record keeping
U of A Agricultural Economic Extention