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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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“Profits Preserve Passion” – Economic sustainability is key to the longevity of any Ag enterprise. All aspects of business management are crucial to reaching your goals in commercial agriculture. It all starts with good planning and record keeping.

“Control the Controllable’s” – Risk management on a variety of small business issues is also critical to keeping a small farm profitable over the long term. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you manage your Agriculture business.

CSU Extension Ag Business Management Resources

  • Strategic Planning
  • Custom Rates Survey
  • Enterprise Budgets
  • Risk Management
  • Tax Management
  • Financial Ratios
  • Business Organizational Structure
  • And More

More Ag Business Management Resources

Business PlanningLaborRegulatory
Estate PlanningRecordkeepingAgrAbility (physical accessibility)
Food Systems and PolicyFinancingTaxes

Business Planning

Below are helpful links to support your agriculture business. Weather you have a small or large amount of acreage, are just beginning to farm or you are a seasoned expert working the land, here are many links to guide you and your business.

Boulder County Extension offers Small Farmers support, as well as Small Acreage Management for the many properties that are 1-100 acres.

Agriculture is big business in Colorado, contributing $40 billion annually to the state’s economy. Whether you are farming on small acreage, in urban spaces or are involved in large-scale production agriculture, Extension resources provide research-based information for producers located from the plains to the mountains. CSU Extension Agriculture

SARE’s Learning Center is a treasure trove of sustainable agriculture information. We recommend the book “Building a Sustainable Business” SARE or Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Ag Plan – is an online business planing tool. On this website, you can develop your own business plan, learn what you need to include in your plan with tips & resources, view sample business plans for ideas, share your plan — print, download and work with your own reviewers.

ATTRA is a sustainable agriculture program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. We are committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.

The Colorado Business Resource Guide is made possible by a collaborative effort between federal and state business assistance agencies and the private sector. This is one of the most successful and comprehensive business start-up guides in the nation.

The Agricultural and Rural Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association concentrates on helping lawyers serve the agricultural interests and the legal needs of rural Colorado. This includes farmers and ranchers, their lenders, suppliers and service businesses that need legal assistance. It also includes the people who live in rural areas that have the legal needs in their everyday lives.

Estate Planning



Direct Marketing & Value Added


Market Reports

Food Systems & Policy




Quickbooks can be a great tool for tracking farm expenses and incomes and generating financial reports





Northern Colorado & Denver Metro Farmers Market Prices

2011 reports can be view at the CSU Extension Agribusiness Mangement website under Market Reports

2010 by report release dates – August 13August 24September 15September 22 October 6 October 9

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.