Business planning, financing, marketing, record-keeping and risk management are just a few of the tools farmers need to run successful, sustainable businesses. Between January and March 2014, we will be offering four workshops for farmers and ranchers in their first three years of operation.
The workshops will be offered in person at MSU Extension's Missoula office (2825 Santa Fe Ct) and will be offered live online for participants across the country.
January 18: Envisioning Your Farm
Deliverables: Introduction to your business plan; Realistic goals and tangible next steps
February 8: Marketing Your Products
Deliverables: Clear market goals; Market Research Plan; Marketing Plan for Business Plan
March 1: Planning for Financial Success
Deliverables: Basic/complex financial documents depending on your level of interest; Plan for financing your farm; Financial Section of Business Plan, Optional: Get approved for FSA loans!
March 22: Managing Your Risks and Assets
Deliverables: Business start-up forms; Land access plan; Finalize your Business Plan
Workshops are offered online and in-person and can be taken as a full series or individually. All workshops come with a newly-developed workbook designed for beginning farmers in Montana and hands-on assistance from a business planning expert between workshops to help you refine your plan and prepare to take it to lenders or other financiers. In-person workshops also come with lunch and snacks!
Online workshops are offered live - meaning you watch from home at the same time we're offering the class in Missoula and you can ask questions and participate in the workshop just like you were there.
Full Workshop Series:
Additional Farm Partners who are involved in the same farm operation may attend for a 25% discount.
This work is part of an exciting partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture.
Additional partners include Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, MSU Extension, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Farm Service Agency, Montana Community Development Corporation, Western Montana Growers' Cooperative, Montana Department of Agriculture, and the Montana Farmers Union.