[montanafood_ag] Beginning farmer business planning course coming to SW Montana

Tammy Hinman tammyh at ncat.org
Fri Jan 16 16:14:24 MST 2015

Build a Successful, Sustainable Business: Workshops this February and March

Looking to start a farm or ranch?  Wondering how you can make your start-up
successful?  MSU Extension is partnering with the Community Food &
Agriculture Coalition and the National Center for Appropriate to offer a
series of workshops from February - March 2015 designed to help!  The
workshops will focus on getting beginning farmers and ranchers the skills
and resources needed to launch their own businesses in Montana.  The
Planning for On-Farm Success program is modeled after successful farmer
training programs happening across the country to help you build a
sustainable, successful farm business in Montana.

The hands-on courses will be taught by expert farmers and ag professionals.
Topics include: 

.         Envisioning Your Farm - Develop your goals and a plan to get you

.         Marketing Your Products - Identify your market and find your niche

.         Planning for Financial Success - Understand financial statements
and find funding

.         Managing Your Risks and Assets - Learn how to start a business in
Montana and protect yourself and your customers

These workshops will be offered on Wednesdays (6pm-8:30pm) February 11-
March 25 excluding March 8th. We will also have two Saturday field trips
dates TBA in class.  Workshops will be offered in person at the Gallatin
County Fairgrounds. 

All workshops come with a newly-developed workbook designed for beginning
farmers in Montana and hands-on assistance from a business planning experts
between workshops to help you refine your plan and prepare to take it to
lenders or other financiers. Snack will be available on Wednesdays and
Saturdays will include lunch!

Full Workshop Series: $100 person. Additional farm partner who are involved
in the same farm operation may attend for $40.

Additional farm partners for a reduced cost. 

For more info and to register, visit

Questions?  Contact Emily Lockard at  <mailto:Emily.Lockard at montana.edu>
Emily.Lockard at montana.edu or 406-388-3213.


Many Thanks to our Partners: 

United States Department of Agriculture, MSU Extension, National Center for
Appropriate Technology, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, Montana
Community Development Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Western Montana
Growers' Cooperative, Montana Department of Agriculture, and Montana
Farmers' Union



Tammy Howard (previously Hinman)

Agriculture Specialist

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Direct line: 406-494-8683

Toll Free: 1-800-275-6228



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