Use this skill assessment tool to help aspiring and new farmers assess their skills and resources by putting a dot on the web. If a skill is well established rate it a 10, if it is non-existent, rate it a zero.
In North Carolina, local marketing represents the single best opportunity for new farmers to succeed, and the challenges for new farmers are largely identical with the challenges of producing and selling food to local markets. On the other hand, the local food movement needs new farmers just as much as new farmers need the local food movement.
Women are digging in and getting down to business. HMI’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program is helping to show them the way. The objective of this program is to educate and empower these newcomers so they are positioned to apply Holistic Management principles and practices in order to build successful businesses.
"Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB) is a full-year program for anyone wanting to engage in sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, and consists of eight full-day seminars on business planning, a series of on-farm field days, and customized mentorships with area farmers.
Through Central Illinois Farm Beginnings, you will:
"Farm Commons is a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to providing farmers with the proactive legal counsel they need to become the stable, resilient foundation of a community-based food system. We deliver accessible, affordable legal services to local, organic, and direct-market farmers.
At each stage on this path, aspiring and beginning farmers have very different needs for information, resources, and technical assistance. The New Farmer Toolbox has been developed with a focus on resources for four of the top challenges to new and beginning farmers in North Carolina:
Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots is a University of Nebraska - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) program designed to assist eligible military personnel, their families and armed forces veterans to become Farmers, Ranchers, and Business Entrepreneurs in their next careers.
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.