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 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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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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Money & Markets: Basic Advertising: A Look to Your Product

All agriculturalists are producers of food or fiber. The amount and the reasons may vary from producer to producer. However, at some point you will be selling your product. The key is to sell your product effectively through advertising. Advertising can range from a “Sweet Corn for sale” sign at the end of the driveway […]

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