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Livestock and Small Farms


Small Acreage Education Programs

Draw on Extension expertise to help expand market opportunities, sustain profitability, and enhance animal care and welfare in your operations.

Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

The Living on the Land class series is aimed at providing current and future land owners with practical information and resources about small acreage management. Participants develop a plan for their property, and share ideas with a team of expert instructors and other participants.  The next class will be held in January of 2015*.

Living on the Land

  Course topics typically include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Selecting Farm Equipment
– What to do About Weeds
– Market and Organic Gardening
– Pasture Establishment and Renovation
– Caring for Your Animals
– Enterprise Budgets
– Water Quality
– Feeds and Feeding
– Your Living Soil
– Grazing Management

View the | 2015 LOTL brochure |

Contact our office to get on the interest list for the 2015 class, and you will be sent more specific class details, including how to sign up, as soon as it becomes available (usually a couple of months before the next class).


Annie’s Project

This six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s 

Annie's Projectquestions, and computer training to use spreadsheets.  Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations. View the 2013 flyer and 2013 brochure. A 2014 class is currently being planned. You may contact our office to get on the interest list for the 2014 class and you will be contacted with more specific class details, including how to sign up, when it becomes available.


Cultivating Success

The Cultivating Success™ program offers a series of courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support to develop a sustainable small acreage farm.  Online and in-person courses are available.

Cultivating Success

Check out the upcoming class offerings on the statewide course calendar on the Cultivating Success website. 


Lost Rivers Grazing Academy

An introduction to Management Intensive Grazing with a combination of presentations and practical field exercises, this boots-on-the-ground workshop is for livestock operators who want to increase their forage production, stocking rates, animal performance, and net income by letting their livestock harvest the sun’s energy through their feed. The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is held in September each year at Eagle Valley Ranch in Salmon, Idaho.  The 2014 class will be held September 9-12.  Visit the Owyhee County Extension website or the University of Idaho Extension website for further details.


Additional Resources

Check out the following resources below-

Cattlemen’s Corner (Beef Newsletter)

Keep up with new programs, current issues and events in the beef industry with the Owyhee County Cattlemen’s Corner Beef newsletter that is published five times per year. A special youth section highlights events and opportunities for kids and young adults.

2014 issues:
- July 2014
March 2014
– January 2014

2013 issues:
– September 2013
July 2013

– May 2013
March 2013

– January 2013 


Additional Resources, University of Idaho Extension 


Small Acreage Farming

Farm and Ranch Management

Forestry, Range and Water 


*dates subject to change

 November 25, 2013