**Important Updates – See Added Sections Below**
**New Deadline to Apply: October 10th, 2021, 11:59pm**
We are excited to announce that Chico State’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems (CRARS), in collaboration with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts’ (CARCD) and other project partners has received funding for the Agricultural Management Systems Learning Collaborative (‘The Collaborative’) through a grant from the USDA National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) program. The Collaborative is developing a comprehensive approach to train and support producers, agricultural professionals, and students to become leaders in systems-based agricultural management.
As part of the project’s activities, CARCD is currently accepting applications through October 10th, 2021, 11:59pm, from regional technical assistance providers (TAPs) and other agricultural professionals to work in partnership with agricultural producers to help establish and participate in a peer mentoring network centered in systems-based agricultural management. Please note that this application is open to participants from ANY California county. This training opportunity will start October 18, 2021 and run through Spring of 2022.
- Course 1: Systems Theory and Practice
- Course 2: Soil Health Systems
- Course 3: Science & Practice of Ecological Forest and Range Management
- Course 4: Comprehensive Farm/Ranch Planning and Design
**UPDATED COURSE/FUNDING INFORMATION**
- Chico State has committed additional funds to the program to cover the FULL TUITION cost for selected TAP/Producer Teams. Rather than receiving a $1,500 stipend to cover a portion of expenses, full tuition costs will be covered directly through the Chico State Office of Regional and Continuing Education (RCE).
- Producer partners are no longer required to co-enroll with ag professionals. They are only expected to support the planning process and participate in discussions if they can. Please note that if producers are interested in enrolling, they are still welcome and eligible for full tuition coverage.
- In addition, if you have not identified a producer to pair with but would like to participate, you can apply as an individual Ag Professional. If selected, Chico State’s team will help to match you with a producer.
The UPDATED full training opportunity description can be found here. Applications should be submitted through the application portal by 11:59pm on October 10th, 2021.
Agricultural professionals who are bilingual, multilingual, within the geographic region of the CRARS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and/or have experience in/a desire to work with historically underrepresented agricultural communities and producers are highly encouraged to apply.
Please contact Marianna Zavala with any questions at (707) 227-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This work is supported by ‘Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture’ grant no.#2021-70001-34773 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 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.”