Business Planning

Business Planning
California Farm Link    Cornell Small Farms Program    Kansas State University – Building a Business Plan for Your Farm: Important First Steps    Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Farming (MISA) – A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses    University of Minnesota – Ag Plan 

Budgeting Tools
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center – Enterprise Budgeting Tools (scroll down to find vegetable & fruit budget tools. 

Farm Business Planning, University of Maryland
Planning is essential to any business, no matter how large or small the inventory, payroll, and bank account. To be successful, farm operators must know their current position and future plans. Thinking about your plans is not enough! Taking time to formulate ideas, evaluate your business, devise a strategy, and anticipate possible problems will help your business be successful.

This workbook was designed so that the thoughts and objectives for your business can be organized and thoroughly documented. In the long run, your business plan will serve many purposes, such as: defining a new business; setting goals and planning steps to achieve them; evaluating the effectiveness of business and marketing strategies; setting a direction for the business for the next five years; planning, growth and development for established businesses; and supporting a loan application

Finding Farmland Calculator
Beginning farmers have a powerful new tool in their digital toolbox. The Finding Farmland Calculator, developed by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) and Fathom Information Design, brings together innovative design and practical resources to help farmers overcome two top obstacles to starting a farm — access to land and capital.

SWOT Analysis
A SWOT analysis is a tool that helps you evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) involved in any business enterprise, including farms and ranches.

Ohio University Masters of Public Administration Program
The difference between public service and public solutions? The skills to lead. The program includes an environmental and energy policy concentration and would be great for anyone looking into a formal education in renewable energy. We know you’re driven to serve — otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But in a world where passion is equal, preparation wins out. It’s our job to make sure you’re not only prepared to serve the public through leadership, but serve it well. Our online Master of Public Administration can help you build the skills to address public needs in effective, efficient, and imaginative ways. We want you to take the big ideas in your head and put them into action by helping you develop as a project manager, communicator, policy analyst, and financial mind. When you have an expert understanding of public administration and the professional tools to back it up, you can lead a career of consequence for your constituents.

Professional Checklist
What you need when you meet with professionals.

Operating Agreement
This is often used as an intermediate arrangement between a wage arrangement and a partnership or corporation.

Business Plan
An explanation of what to include in a business plan.


VA FAIRS Virtual Business Center
Business plans and financial helps and calculators.

Educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.

Purdue Extension: Farm Business Management for the 21st Century
Study the trends shaping production agriculture and develop a strategy for leading your business.

Penn State Extension: Farm Business Owners Page
Strategies to help your business grow.

Iowa State University Extension Beginning Farmer Center
The Beginning Farmer Center provides information, education and consultation services to beginning and exiting farmers.

AgPlan: The Agriculture, Fisheries and Small Business Planning Website
AgPlan helps rural business owners develop a business plan.

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