Cultivating Success: Farm Business Planning Course
Cultivating Success Is Growing Profitable Farms. Learn farm business planning basics 'Buying local' seems to be on everyone's list of resolutions. The popularity of keeping dollars in local circulation is gaining momentum. For farmers, capturing a larger share of this trend is crucial to growth and longevity. However, creating, expanding, and retaining new markets requires a more business-centric view of farming. New farmers must look at their farm like any new business venture, while existing operations must evaluate how changes can affect land, labor, capital, and resources.
WSU Snohomish County Extension will again offer Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning to help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs Tuesday evenings January 15, 2013 through April 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA. In addition, there will be two out-of-class seminars and a Saturday farm field trip. The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business. Course facilitator Holly Thompson, is a Stanwood Angus beef rancher and WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics. Well-versed in farm economics and current market trends, Thompson also facilitates Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Acreage Farming & Ranching, the introduction to farming course in the series and has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer.
Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $275. To register, visit www.brownpapertickets.org/event/250334 to use your credit card, or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/CultivatingSuccess20122013.pdf and mail with your check. For help with registration contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039, email christensen4@.wsu.edu. For more information on the course, contact Andrew Corbin, (425) 357-6012, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the entire Cultivating Success program, visit www.cultivatingsuccess.org.
This course is funded in part with support from the Snohomish Conservation District as well as USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (425) 338-2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.
Jan 16, 2013 02:00 AM
Apr 10, 2013 04:00 AM
|Where||WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA|
|Contact Name||Andrew Corbin|
|Contact Phone||(425) 357-6012|
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