Developing a New Enterprise for Your Farm

Educational Programs

  • Grow Your Small Market Farm - This unique business planning program is designed for new or existing farm businesses. If you are interested in raising specialty livestock, vegetables, herbs, flowers, prairie or native grass seed or creating a value-added product on the farm, this program may be for you. The Grow Your Small Market Farm™ is designed to help agricultural entrepreneurs with business tasks, including writing a business plan, developing financial planning skills and learning about specialty food marketing. www.growmarketfarm.com/index.html
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference - MOSES organizes and conducts the largest organic farming conference in the country, The Organic Farming Conference,  held each year in the third week in February in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, attracts over 3,000 farmers, educators, vendors, advocates and community members. www.mosesorganic.org/conference.html

Print and Online Resources

  • Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) - The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources. www.agmrc.org
  • ISU Small Farm Sustainability Program - The program is designed to increase the viability of Iowa’s smaller-scale, entrepreneurial farm enterprises with diversified markets and production systems. http://www.northcentralsare.org/State-Programs/Iowa/SARE-in-Iowa
  • ISU Value Added Agriculture Program - Staff conducts traditional feasibility studies to thoroughly analyze five areas of business, including market, economic, financial, technical and management. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/valueaddedag/adding-enterprise
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) - MOSES is a non-profit education-outreach organization working to promote sustainable and organic agriculture. MOSES serves farmers striving to produce high-quality, healthful food using organic and sustainable techniques. MOSES provides a diverse menu of free and affordable resources for farmers interested in learning more about organic farming. www.mosesorganic.org
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