"The Incubator Farm is a land leasing arrangement for beginning farmers who have farming experience and a business idea, but do not have access to land. It is a low-risk environment to launch a farming business and "test" an idea.
"This course is designed to help you test your ideas, explore new marketing opportunities, and develop a business and marketing plan specific to your farm. Participants will assess their resources, develop marketing strategies, understand financials, learn how and where to get funding for their businesses, and network with other farmers."
"Harvesting a Profit explains how to measure profitability in agriculture. It is targeted for students or farmers beginning a career in production agriculture with minimal exposure to financial analysis, farm management, marketing and economics. Harvesting a Profit emphasizes the positive side of agriculture.
"FarmStartassists beginning farmers and new cooperatives through their startup years by providing working capital investments of up to $50,000 to get their business off the ground. The investment functions the same as an operating line of credit.
"Most of us go into farming with the thought of making some – or all – of our livelihood through the sale of what we make or grow. As you grow your operation to provide more of your family’s income, having a carefully planned marketing strategy becomes more critical.
"Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from investment to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and you need all the skill you can acquire in order to produce a safe product and have a profitable enterprise. This course was designed to help!"