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For reports from the field, see our November 2011 newsletter.
Penn State University: Agricultural Alternatives
Kansas State University: Strategic Business Planning for Agricultural Value-Adding Initiatives
Cornell University: Writing a Business Plan: A Guide for Small Premium Wineries
Colorado State University: Developing a Business Plan for Alternative, Specialty and Entrepreneurial Agriculture
Agtourism in Hawaii: From Farmer to Visitor (a half hour video, here broken into two parts of about 14 minutes each) shows how a variety of beginning farmers started successful agritourism enterprises. Farmers discuss how agritourism can increase farm profitability and reduce marketing risk, especially for smaller growers who enjoy working with the public. Limitations and the future potential of the marketing strategy are also addressed. While specific examples focus on Hawaii, the principles are equally applicable for all of North America.
Edwards, William. 2008. “Your Net Worth Statement” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-20, , Iowa State University
Hofstrand, Don. 2009. “Understanding Net Worth.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-19, Iowa State University
Edwards, William. 2008. “Twelve Steps to Cash Flow Budgeting.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-15, Iowa State University
Hofstrand, Don. 2009. “Understanding Cash Flow Analysis.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-14, Iowa State University
Edwards,William, and Cynthia Needles Fletcher. 2007. “Managing Farm Family Finances.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-51, Iowa State University
Edwards, William. 2008. “Your Farm Income Statement.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-25, Iowa State University.
Hofstrand, Don. 2009. “Understanding Profitability.” Ag Decision Maker, File C3-24, Iowa State University.
Burt, Larry, and Blair Wolfley . 2009. “Financial Management.” Farm to Consumer Marketing Series, PNW 206-E.
Doye, Damona. 2009. “Information Systems for Oklahoma Farmers.” AGEC-302, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet.
Klinefelter, Danny, and Dean McCorkle. 2001. “Financial Management: Cash vs. Accrual Accounting.” L-5386 (RM5-16) 11-00, Texas A&M University Extension Fact Sheet.
McCorkle, Dean, Larry Langemeier, Danny Klinefelter, and Fred DeLano . 1998. “Financial and Economic Terms.” RM5-11.0 8-98, Texas A&M University Extension Fact Sheet.
Began as a regional partnership to build community and capacity among a new generation of direct market farmers and local food systems.For additional information, contact:
Dawn Thilmany McFadden
Jo Ann Warner
Initially funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (grant award number 2009-49400-05877).