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USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
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.
Beginning Specialty Crop Farmer Marketing Guide
A resource guide to improve marketing opportunities for “Beginning Specialty Crop” Farmers. Brought to you by PA Farm Link.
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
Rodale Institute’s farmer consulting services will assist farmers interested in transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture in areas such as certification, crop rotation planning, recordkeeping, marketing, equipment advice, weed control methods, soil sampling, seed sourcing and more. Aiming to take a more active role in supporting organic farmers on the ground, Rodale Institute brings over 70 years of expertise to the table through research and education. While this program is offered to farmers nationwide, Rodale Institute’s consulting services are free to Pennsylvania farmers.https://rodaleinstitute.org/
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center – Enterprise Budgeting Tools (scroll down to find vegetable & fruit budget tools. https://www.agmrc.org/business-development/business-workbench/business-worksheets-and-calculators/enterprise-budgeting-tools
California Farm Link https://www.californiafarmlink.org/resources/create-a-farm-business-plan/ Cornell Small Farms Program http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/plan-your-farm/planning-funding-your-farm-business/ Kansas State University – Building a Business Plan for Your Farm: Important First Steps http://www.agmanager.info/finance-business-planning/farm-business-transition-planning/building-business-plan-your-farm Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Farming (MISA) – A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses https://www.sare.org/publications/business/business.pdf University of Minnesota – Ag Plan https://agplan.umn.edu/
NRCS – Steps to Assistance https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/home/?cid=stelprdb1193811
Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/steps-healthy-fruits-veggies.html Center for Produce Safety https://www.centerforproducesafety.org/ FDA – US Food & Drug Administration - Food Safety Modernization Act https://www.fda.gov/food/guidance-regulation-food-and-dietary-supplements/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma
GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/CFSA_2019-FoodSafetyManual_Final.pdf National Ag Law Center https://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/articles/rrumley_foodsafety.pdf Penn State Extension - FSMA Explanation https://extension.psu.edu/fsma
High Tunnel – Tomato production https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Seasonal-High-Tunnel-Guide-for-Organic-Tomato-Production.pdf High Tunnel Micro Irrigation Guide https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/High-Tunnel-Micro-Irrigation-Guide.pdf Infrastructure Tool Kit, Expansion information and financial resource information https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/InfrastructureToolkit_FINAL.pdf
Aggie Horticulture Network https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/guides/texas-vegetable-growers-handbook/chapter-ii-marketing/ Real Fruit & Vegetable Marketing Guide (from California) http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-2083.pdf Top 20 Fruits & Vegetables Sold in the US https://www.pma.com/content/articles/2017/05/top-20-fruits-and-vegetables-sold-in-the-us PA FarmMarket - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers https://extension.psu.edu/fruit-and-vegetable-marketing-for-small-scale-and-part-time-growers PA Veggies.org http://www.paveggies.org/ Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention http://mafvc.org/
Rodale Institute https://rodaleinstitute.org/why-organic/organic-farming-practices/soil-health/ Rodale Institute’s Transition to Organic – Rodale has free transition consultation for PA Farmers for a limited time (as of 2019). https://rodaleinstitute.org/blog/organic-resources-free-for-pa-farmers/ The Organic Center https://www.organic-center.org/ Organic Farming Research Foundation https://ofrf.org/news/organic-farming-improves-soil-health-1 Good explanation for Organic Cost share, could use it as model for RH info on cost share. https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/organic-certification-faqs/ Organic Pesticides http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/organic.html
Iowa State University Small Farm Sustainability https://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/soil-health-vegetable-crops Soil Health Institute https://soilhealthinstitute.org/ Soil Foodweb Inc. – Dr. Elaine Ingham https://www.soilfoodweb.com/ The Soil Biology Primer https://extension.illinois.edu/soil/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm
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