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Farm Answers website

A new website designed to support beginning farmers and ranchers is now live and fully functional.  FarmAnswers.org is the USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher (BFRDP) clearinghouse, providing resources to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed. Here, farmers and ranchers can find online courses, videos, presentations, apps, […]

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Before you start

It is tempting to plunge into a project right away on your land, but before you invest money or time it is a good idea to have a sense of what your goals, values, and resources are.  Richland County agriculture agent Adam Hady created this one-page list of questions to get landowners started on the […]

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Farm Beginnings Classes offered in Wisconsin

The Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings program works to get more successful farmers on the land.   The Farm Beginnings course is a 12 month training that helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, develop a business plan, and start building their operation.  The course uses a mix of farmer- led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, […]

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Money & Markets: Budgets and Budgeting Enterprise Budgets

Enterprise budgets are an important tool for planning and for ongoing farm financial management. While many producers develop their own budgets, some producers choose to start with existing budgets and adjust them for their own enterprises. These budgets represent only one set of many possible cultural and management practices, and they do not account for […]

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