Successful Planning

Give your farm a solid foundation, start with a plan

AgPlan helps rural business owners develop a business plan. Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE. Develop your own business plan, Learn what you need to include in your plan with tips and resources, View Sample business plans for ideas, Share your plan—print, download and work with your own reviewers. Requires registration.

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The Field Guide to the New American Foodshed is designed to help those entrepreneurs and their advisors find and use relevant business development information from this new territory of local and regional food markets.

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This publication discusses the importance of business planning for agricultural firms and describes the steps required to prepare a thorough business plan. A recommended format that should be useful for all types of agricultural

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This resource list contains sources of business planning templates and further resources for agricultural enterprises. These resources include Internet and print resources as well as training courses and workshops.

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The USDA Risk Management Agency "helps farmers and ranchers learn how to improve their risk management skills." This program provides information on: Risk Management Planning; Better Marketing Planning; New Enterprise Planning and also has an online Farm Planning Library.

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"Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises.

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