Free Finances and Management Worksheet for New Farms

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has put out a management and finances worksheet for organic farmers to test where they stand, entitled “Organic Farmers: Steps to Success.”  The tool first takes you through a series of questions on management skills and personal qualities needed to run the business so that you can see what needs improvement.  Under the financial side, it breaks down the details of the business’s financial... Read More

Hudson Valley Farmers Speak Up at the Farmers’ Forum

A US Farm Bill potentially worth nearly one trillion dollars over ten years has stalled in Congress, and with it the hopes of young farmers, conservationists and agriculturalists in general have stalled as well.  When Congress returns to Washington in September, they have only until the end of the month, September 30th, before the current Farm Bill expires and the country is potentially left with a radically reduced support system for farmers. ... Read More

Upcoming Online Business Seminars through the National Good Food Network

Feeling like you want to brush up your farm-business skills? A few online educational opportunities are coming up from the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network – check them out!  May 31, 2012 at 9 AM Eastern: The One Page Business Plan and One Page Financial Plan No matter what type of farm or food enterprise you envision, a business plan will serve you well. In this webinar, we will introduce the One-Page Business Plan and the One-Page... Read More

UVM Releases New Guide to Help Farmers Find Financing

The University of Vermont Extension has just released a 62-page guide for farmers seeking alternative ways of raising financing for land acquisition, operations, and expansion.  Entitled The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, it explores a series of different models, ranging from promissery notes to owner-financed sales to multi-year CSA’s, and much more.  It examines these different options through case studies of farmers who... Read More

Oregon’s Rogue Farm Corps Now Accepting 2012 Participants

Rogue Farm Corps Farms Next internship program provides beginning farmers and ranchers entry-level training in sustainable agriculture. Through an innovative cooperative education program, Farms Next combines hands-on training, classroom learning and farm-based education on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.  Participants in the Farms Next internship program live and work full time on a host farm for... Read More

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grants

Earlier this month, the USDA announced the awarding of over $40 million in grants through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. The funds went to 298 recipients in 44 states. In announcing them, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan drew a connection between the grants and President Obama’s call for promoting American jobs and economic growth, but she would not say whether the President would be calling for mandatory funding of the... Read More

Organic farming profits improve in Minnesota in 2010

The profitability of organic farms in Minnesota improved in 2010 after a tough year in 2009, according to a new report by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).  The median organic farmer received an income of $62,463 in 2010, which was more than six times the median income in 2009 and consistent with those in 2007 and 2008. Likewise, in 2010 the debt repayment capacity of organic farmers bounced back.  In 2009 Minnesota organic farms only... Read More