Planning is essential to any business, no matter how large or small your inventory, payroll, and bank account. To be successful a farm operation must know its current status and future plans. Having these plans in your mind is not enough!
Legal Aid of Nebraska's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Project (BFRD) focuses upon farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and South Dakota interested in: (1) beginning farmer and rancher financial and legal questions and issues, and (2) business succession and estate planning for farmers and ranchers considering retirement.
"Pennsylvania Farm Link is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation.” PA Farm Link accomplishes this mission through a land linking database which matches landowners with perspective entering farmers.
"This book assists rural and farm residents who are considering alternative enterprises. The case study and workbook format helps in evaluating personal and family considerations, resources, market potential, production feasibility, profitability, cash flow, and all factors combined.
A Journeypersons is a beginning farmer who has recently begun farming independently, whether on an incubator farm or through a different land use agreement, and makes their own financial, marketing and production decisions. NOFA-NJ works with Journeypersons to find mentors, obtain educational resources and create a business plan.
"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."
"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.