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Digging into Farming: Planning Your New Farm Business
Digging Into Farming is a course designed to follow FarmStart’s Exploring Your New Farm Dream course, where aspiring farmers are introduced to the opportunities and realities of farming and are asked to answer the question “Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for Me?”
Digging Into Farming is a 2-day course for new farmers who have gone through an exploratory stage, have made the decision to farm and are at the stage of formal business planning. The course introduces participants to the different elements of starting and managing a new farm business and connects participants to critical resources and advisors that can help along the way. Note: you will not prepare a business plan during the course.
Day 1 looks at business goals, choosing products and services, marketing and production.
Day 2 reviews human resources, farmland, financing, business start-up, financial management, including key financial documents (i.e cash flow, income statement, statement of net worth), and guides participants in developing a New Farm Action Plan that outlines their next steps in making their farm business a reality!