New USDA Report on America’s Family Farms

The US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service has issued a 12-page snapshot of US farms.  More than 90 percent of US farm operations are classified as small farms by the USDA.  You can access the full report here.

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SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants

The 2015 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Farmer-Rancher-Grant-Program. Proposals are due on November 20, 2014 at 4pm CT.  These grants are a great opportunity for farmers to test new ideas that support the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of agriculture.

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Before you start

It is tempting to plunge into a project right away on your land, but before you invest money or time it is a good idea to have a sense of what your goals, values, and resources are.  Richland County agriculture agent Adam Hady created this one-page list of questions to get landowners started on the […]

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Farm Beginnings Classes offered in Wisconsin

The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program works to get more successful farmers on the land.   The Farm Beginnings course is a 12 month training that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, develop a business plan, and start building their operation.  The course uses a mix of farmer- led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, […]

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Farm Balance Sheets

The most basic farm financial statement is the balance sheet.  The balance sheet is a listing of all of the farm assets and liabilities at a particular point in time.  The balance sheet provides information about the liquidity and solvency of the farm.  It is a great tool for tracking changes in wealth from one […]

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Beginning farmer grants

The Beginning with Badgerland program provides small grants to beginning farmers in the southern part of Wisconsin, regardless of age or whether they are Badgerland Financial members.  To access the grant application, click on the picture of the guy opening the shed doors at the bottom of the page.

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Vegetable budgets

The Center for Dairy Profitability provides budgets and cost information for more than just dairy operations.  You can find enterprise budgets for 23 different vegetable crops on their website, from asparagus to winter squash.  Fresh market vegetable costs and returns can vary widely from farm to farm, so the budgets are best used as a […]

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