Specialty Crops

HMoob Farm Financial Workshop​s

Note: These workshops have been postponed. New dates will be released in March 2022. 

If you are interested in these workshops and would like to be contacted when new dates are set, please provide your contact information at: https://bit.ly/3rQiyWw

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade ​and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be hosting two HMoob farm financial workshops in partnership with Compeer Financial, Groundswell Conservancy, Hmong Cultural Center, Rooted, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).​

This workshop aims to provide HMoob (Hmong) farmers with a baseline ​of necessary farm business financial principles. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify the information needed to record transactions and construct an enterprise budget for their farm business.

The workshop will include a hands-on learning activity where attendees will practice preparing financial reports, including a balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and cash flow projection.  Attendees do not need to have any prior knowledge of financial record-keeping or bring in any of their own financial information/records. Templates will be provided with sample numbers so that participants can learn how to prepare these on their own after the workshop.

In addition, HMoob-speaking representatives from USDA NRCS, USDA FSA, and UW-Madison Extension will share information about resources and programs available to HMoob farmers, and a HMoob farmer, who has accessed these programs, will talk about their experiences and share insights. 

All presenters will speak in HMoob (Hmong). Presenters include:

  • Sai Thao, Compeer Financial
  • Ka Ying Vang, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Yee Thao, USDA Farm Service Agency​
  • Addison Vang, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
  • Yimmuaj Yang, Groundswell Conservancy 

Grant Opportunities​​​

Specialty Crop Block Grants

Wisconsin non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program ​funds. DATCP seeks applicants that will enhance the competitiveness of Wisconsin's specialty crop industries in domestic and foreign markets.​​

Learn more here

​​​Specialty Crop Multi-State Program​

A federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the purpose of the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program is to competitively award funds to projects that​ enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.​

Learn more here

About the Specialty Crop Program​

The goal of the Specialty Crop program at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is to help specialty crop producers overcome obstacles, make their operation more profitable, and help them grow. We do this through field days, educational materials, workshops, and one-on-one technical assistance.

We can provide assistance or connect you with resources that address:

  • Production issues
  • Profitability
  • Financing or financial management
  • Organic Certification
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Transitioning
  • Regulatory Hurdles