Business planning for beginning farmers

Date(s) - Thursday, Feb 01, 2018
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center


business planning for beginning farmers workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown.

It is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program as part of their 2017-2018 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series.

This seminar introduces the new farmer to the basic format and concepts expected in a business plan. In addition to the actual farming, a farm operation requires management, record keeping, taxes, financing, marketing, permits, competition analysis and research. Research is ongoing for suppliers, competition, new products and services, resources and most importantly – customer needs.

Once your farm is established, you can revisit each area for improvements on a regular basis. It’s your business so make it the best it can be. Don’t underestimate the importance of planning. While it is possible to start with minimal planning, successful businesses typically have a plan, know their market, their customers and have a good understanding of the financial requirements of the business. A farm business plan is also necessary in most instances when seeking financing.

This workshop will be taught by Scott Miller, business advisor with the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College who has had several years of experience working with beginning farm business owners in our area.

The cost is $5 per family.

Pre-registration is required prior to the workshop to allow for adequate time to prepare printed resources and materials.

To register, email, or call 716-664-9502, ext. 202.