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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: 4-H Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Health, Horticulture, and Small Acreage Management.

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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.

Spring crops in field
Zeb working in horse pasture

CSU Extension Ag Business Management Resources

Business Planning

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

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 planning 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. They 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, including farmers and ranchers, their lenders, suppliers and service businesses that need legal assistance.

Estate Planning


Direct Marketing & Value Added

Market Reports


Food Systems & Policy



Record keeping

  • QuickBooks can be a great tool for tracking farm expenses and incomes as well as generating financial reports





Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS)