“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
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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.
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.
- CSU Extension Ag Marketing factsheets
- Colorado Department of Ag – Markets Division
- Colorado Market Maker – list your Ag product in this online searchable database
- USDA Ag Marketing Service
Direct Marketing & Value Added
- 2010 Colorado Farmers Market Association survey
- Colorado Farmers’ Market Association
- Boulder County Farmers’ Markets
- ATTRA – marketing factsheets
- Southwest Marketing Network
- North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association
- Ag Marketing Resource Center
- Bountiful Colorado – Flyer
- Direct Marketing Resource Guide
- Challenges and Opportunities For Marketing Fruit From The Western Slope of Colorado, 2001
- CSU Extension ABM fresh produce and meat market reports
- Commodity Market Reports (scroll down for hay)
Food Systems & Policy
- CSU Extension Ag Labor factsheets
- Ag Help Wanted – guidelines for managing Ag labor
- Postive Practices in Farm Labor Management – NCAT pub
- Labor Management in Agriculture – UC Davis pub
- Colorado Department of Labor
Quickbooks can be a great tool for tracking farm expenses and incomes and generating financial reports
- CSU Extension Ag Finance factsheets
- Farm Service Agency Loans
- Mountain Plains Farm Credit
- Colorado Agricultural Development Authority Beginning Farmer Program
- The Farmers’ Guide to Agricultural Credit (4.5 MB and 45 pages)
- Colorado Farm to Market
- Boulder County Public Health Department
- Colorado Department of Health and the Environment
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) – CSU – Colorado Department of Ag – Cornell – UC Davis – Michigan Extension – USDA AMS
Northern Colorado & Denver Metro Farmers Market Prices
2011 reports can be view at the CSU Extension Agribusiness Mangement website under Market Reports