Farm Start Up Programs
AgBiz Masters Program
A learning series for young and beginning farmers teaching business and financial management skills.
Information to help you select crop or livestock enterprises for your farm. (Be careful to use updated prices in all areas.)
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
This program will guide you through the initial exploratory decision making process to decide if you want to farm.
Lifestyle Values and Choices
A worksheet to determine what is important to you.
How tos of market research to determine market for your product.
Basic steps of problem solving.
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
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Northeast Beginning Farmers Project – Cornell University
The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is a program offered through Cornell University. This program offers a variety of resources for Beginning Farmers from online classes to planning your farm tutorials to veterans opportunities.
New Business Development
A Penn State website for starting new businesses. Agribusiness Planning Providing direction for agricultural firms Conducting a SWOT Analysis A SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is a process that can help you get insights into the past and think of possible solutions to existing or potential problems for your business. Diversification of Your Operation, Why If you are only engaged in one enterprise (growing corn for example) and have a crop failure, it will be more devastating than if you grew more crops. By diversifying, you are spreading the downside risk over more than one enterprise. Example Business Plan Example business plan for imaginary business, A&B Nursery.
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.
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.
Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission released Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia, a suite of new research reports and resources to support entrepreneurial development in Appalachia. The research includes three reports which outline core elements necessary for a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, analyze community case studies to provide insight into the unique challenges faced by communities in Appalachia, and offer recommendations to support future economic development across the Region. A companion website documents and compares entrepreneurial activity in each of Appalachia’s 420 counties, and includes a working inventory of support services available to entrepreneurs across the Region.
Helping farmers and landowners affordably access, transfer, and conserve farmland.
Our Partners This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is a collaboration among the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, and Heyman Legal.
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 operaters 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 succesful. 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 Supporting a loan application https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/mredc/FarmBusinessPlanning-WEB.pdf
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