Related Links

Farm Business Management

Dairy Herd Management Magazine – Information to help dairy producers excel in the business of dairying

Farmdoc – Website devoted to providing farmers with cutting-edge research on making farm decisions under risk

Ohio Ag Manager – Management information for today’s agriculture businesses

Interpreting Financial Statements and Measures – Learn and understand financial statements to acquire a powerful skill set and gain self confidence in finance in day-to-day management

UW-Madison Extension

Center for Dairy Profitability – Education and research for dairy farmers and industry professionals including budgeting tools, links, programs, presentations, etc.

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems – Programs, publications, and training about sustainable research projects, integrated farming systems and much more

Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics – Publications – Publications regarding AAE and Wisconsin agriculture

Dept. of Animal Science – Research, information, newletters, and more on animal agriculture and biology

Dept. of Dairy Science – Main webpage for the UW Madison’s Dairy Science department containing research, information, and projects about the dairy industry

Program on Agricultural Technology Studies – Research and resources provided by the PATS

Understanding Dairy Markets – Market information and price risk management principles

UW-Extension – Main homepage for all of UW Extension with links, resources, news, jobs, etc.

UW-Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources – Directory, links, resources, etc. for the UW-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources page

Additional Resources

Paul Mitchell’s Extension Web Page – Links and resources for cropping systems economics

Paul Mitchell’s AAE 320 Farm Management Web Page – Links, powerpoints, and other resources for Farming Systems Management

Bruce Jones’ Extension and Related Materials – Research, papers, presentations, etc. by Bruce Jones, a Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Extension Farm Management Specialist

Events

Upcoming Events:

Resilient Farms Conference December 11th Wisconsin Dells -Wilderness Conference Center

Farmers will have an opportunity to attend two dozen sessions to gather information, resources and tools that can help them explore potential new revenue streams. About 20 industry experts, including many farmers who have successfully implemented alternative enterprises, also will be available for one-on-one consultations.

The Conference will kick off with a keynote address from Tera Johnson, founder of Tera’s Whey, and director of the UW-Extension Food Finance Institute.  Tera will describe how she started Tera’s Whey, and the importance of connecting the farm to the consumer via the business’ brand.  Among the number of guest presenters will be, Farm Commons, providing presentations on the legal considerations for business structures, agri-tourism and value-added, insurance and liability, sales and processing contracts, food safety, and farm employment law. “Farms get into farming because they want to do things their own way, and that’s great, Farm Commons is here to help farmers understand how the law affects their operation, while providing the legal resources needed to build a stable foundation for their business,” says Rachel Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director of Farm Commons.

The goal of the conference is to provide ideas and resources to farmers and producers interested in starting something new and diversifying their revenue stream.  Session topics will include value-added production ideas, marketing and business strategies, business planning and analysis, and guides to regulatory and licensing processes.

Conference attendees will have a variety of sessions to attend at which various ideas will be discussed.

Possible options include:

  • Value-added processing for dairy;
  • Adding a Community Supported Agriculture component;
  • Raising and direct-marketing beef or chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, etc.;
  • Earning income from woodlands (i.e. mushrooms, hazelnuts, maple syrup, etc.);
  • Adding a Farm to Institution component;
  • Adding specialty crops (Christmas trees, grapes, hops, cut flowers for market or retail)
  • Hemp production;
  • Exploring energy-production options for the farm;
  • Adding an agri-tourism component: (i.e. Air BnB farm stays, barn or farm weddings, U-Pick, family events, petting zoos, pumpkin patches, fall harvest tours), etc.

The December 11 conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Wilderness Resort. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. To register or for more information, go to: Resilient Farms Conference or find Resilient Farms Conference on the www.eventbrite.com registration site.