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Gaining Ground Webinar Series

Gaining Ground is a free webinar series geared toward agriculture educators. The goal of Gaining Ground is to equip agriculture educators with knowledge from national experts that support Urban Food Systems enterprises in the region. Participants will learn technical and systems-level information for successful Urban Food Systems practices through the series.

About the Series

Each webinar is delivered by experts from the urban core such as urban farmers, nonprofit educators, food policy advocates and government workers. Each webinar is one hour in length.

Gaining Ground is presented by the Urban Food Systems program at K-State Olathe.

Upcoming Webinars

Bookkeeping Tools for Farmers

Feb. 12 | 10:30 a.m. CST

The following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of Quickbooks and Excel
  • Best options for small/diversified growers or urban growers
  • Helpful hints
  • Pros and Cons
  • Resources

Presented by Julia Shanks

Food Hubs and Alternative Markets

April 23 | 11:00 a.m. CST

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is a food hub
  • Pros/Cons and tradeoffs of food hubs
  • Value of joining a food hub
  • Resources

Presented by Anthony Flaccavento


Previous Webinars

Financing the Farm: Navigating FSA Loans

Nov. 13 | 11 a.m. CST

The following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of loan programs
  • Best options for small/diversified growers or urban growers
  • Repayment plan requirements
  • Microloan program
  • How your Extension agent can help
  • What not to do


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Brian Wheeler, Farm Service Agency farm loan managerBrian W. Wheeler
Farm Loan Manager
Farm Service Agency
Lafayette County, Missouri


Brian grew up and still operates a farm in Ray County, Missouri. He resides there with his wife, Kristin, 3-year old daughter and 1-year old son. 

Brian graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Business Management. 

Brian has worked in Ag. Lending for 13 years and has been with the Farm Service Agency the past 11 years. 







This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-38640-29879 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number XNC19-181 Capacity Building in Urban Food Systems in the North Central Region. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 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.


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