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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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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Money & Markets:Working with your Lender

You don’t have to borrow money to start your business, but borrowing money can get you to your dream of a farm much faster than waiting to save up the necessary cash. That means you need to develop a good relationship with an agricultural lender. A relationship with your lender can be an important asset […]

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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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Money & Markets:Keeping Track and Moving Forward

Record keeping is one of those boring jobs that we need to train ourselves to do on any production setting. There is a large benefit to knowing what we have done and are we or are we not moving forward in our operations. There are many reasons that we want to keep records. The first […]

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Money & Markets: Marketing the Holiday Goodies

As Fall is rolling around the corner, we may have some traditional holiday items for sale.  Examples are the pumpkins at Halloween or a Thanksgiving turkey. Perhaps you just have some home raised produce or crafts that you would like to market. Well, here are a few helpful hints to get the most out of […]

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Money & Markets: Direct Marketing Meat

Whether you are currently a meat producer, or thinking of starting a livestock business and selling directly to consumers, there are some important things to consider. Selling meat directly to consumers is completely different from selling animals through commodity market outlets such as auctions, livestock sales yards or commission agents. The good news is that […]

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Money & Markets: Developing Your Farm’s Marketing Plan

One of the challenges that direct marketing farmers face is determining the target market. What does your customer look like?  Where do they live? And probably most importantly and the most difficult to answer is… What do they want? While there are examples of “If you grow it, they will come”, most farmers have to […]

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