TRAINING. Training is an 12 month, fully accredited, certificate awarding program. Over 450 have been trained so far. Our training is covered by financial aid, GI Bill, Voc Rehab, and scholarships. The program is comprised of several compatible components
ACADEMICS. Academic courses are offered though accredited educational institutions. Courses are a combination of on-site and on-line. Major course work is in Crops (to include specialty crops), Animals, Food Processing, Precision Agriculture, and financial operations.
TECHNICAL TRAINING. Training is provided to ensure students have the basic skills required to operate and maintain a farm. Technical training through Manhattan area Technical College offers 3 months of Technical Training in Welding and Metal working; Vehicle Mechanics; and Woodworking and Construction.
HANDS-ON. SAVE Farm Managers and Academic Instructors provide hands-on practical training to ensure students can perform the tasks they will require in order to operate a successful farm. Hands-on training is generally held in the afternoons, with academics conducted in the mornings.
INTERNSHIPS. To date, SAVE has trained over 63 in an Intern program. The Intern program pairs Interns with Farmers/Ranchers on a working farm. SAVE provides stipends for both the Interns and the farmers. SAVE has had great success placing Interns on farms following completion. Follow-up training is also available.
FARM TOURS. In order to familiarize students with a wide variety of agribusinesses and methods, SAVE has sponsored farm tours each Friday during the growing season. Students are taken to visit local crop or animal farms and local agribusiness. The service members receive iterative tours to 25 different farms and receive briefings from local and regional governmental and non-governmental agricultural organizations. We have worked with KSU and the Extension Service to identify local farmers and ranchers interested in serving as mentors for prospective farmers and those who are interested in providing a bridge to farm management and ownership.