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The profit potential of transitioning to organic production—along with other rewards—has farmers, ranchers and food business owners across the country considering the switch. But successfully managing your business through the multi-year transition process requires careful planning. Use Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs to develop an actionable business transition plan that is suitable for yourself, your management team or a lender.
Guide to Starting a Locally-Scaled, Local-Foods Based Cooperative
Information on planning for and running a cooperative can be found in this handbook.
Marketing for Profit Curricula
Curricula developed for individuals interested in offering a comprehensive marketing training program for farmers market managers and farmers.
Farm Stay U.S. Website
This farmer-created, consumer-oriented website lists hundreds of farms and ranches around the country that offer accommodations.
Agritourism Training Materials
This curriculum was designed to provide detailed training resources for agricultural professionals and farmers interested in expanding their income sources and entering the agritourism industry.
How to Begin Your Small Farm Dream
This plain language guide is for people who want to start a small farm. It covers skills you need to start a small farm; risks and rewards of farm ownership; financial resources; creating a business plan; and marketing.
Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers
The Imperial Stock Ranch increased profits by using direct, value-added marketing of wool products.
Rangeland Management Strategies
Features innovative SARE-funded research on creating and sustaining a healthy range.
Dairy Your Way
This publication was created to provide information that will help producers explore the many choices available for today’s dairy farms. This book is not intended to be a how-to dairy guide or manual. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for dairy farmers seeking success as milk producers, there are many options that can be profitable and satisfying.
Financing the Farm: Applying for an FSA Loan
This plain language guide has information on the types of FSA loans available, and includes instructions for applying and developing a business plan.
Building a Sustainable Business
Bringing the business planning process alive, Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses helps today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Incluye una versión abreviada en español.