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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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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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: Budgets and Budgeting Enterprise Budgets

Enterprise budgets are an important tool for planning and for ongoing farm financial management. While many producers develop their own budgets, some producers choose to start with existing budgets and adjust them for their own enterprises. These budgets represent only one set of many possible cultural and management practices, and they do not account for […]

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Building a Sustainable Business

Building a sustainable business takes hard work, dedication, and planning.  “Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses” is a helpful resource on developing your farm business plan available in English and Spanish.  This book was developed by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to help guide the […]

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