Monday, January 23, 2017

A budget provides snapshots your farm’s current financial position and its future position. Budgeting takes the fear out of farm finances, and empowers new farmers to create the farm of their dreams.

When you know your customer, you can deliver exactly what your customer wants, when and how they want it.

Consider giving unique and thoughtful homemade gifts from the farm this Christmas.

A low tunnel allows growers to plant earlier in spring, and produce longer in fall. Learn more about this simple and inexpensive gardening method.

Locally grown food is good for eaters, the economy and the environment. It increases farm income, creates profitable new markets for local producers, brings people together, builds community and strengthens our food system.

Farm internships introduce college students and grads to the agricultural industry and provide opportunities for farmers to pass experience to the next generation. They typically span May through September, during the growing season.

Agricultural conferences provide an opportunity to receive valuable industry information through networking and education. They can inspire you to become more efficient on your own farm or introduce new concepts to your marketing approach. Farm and Dairy columnist Ivory Harlow details her top four choices for the upcoming year.

Learn more about why social media marketing is important and how it could benefit your farm.

Pick-your-owns, wineries, historic farms and other agritourist activities contribute over $8 million dollars to the state economy. If you're thinking of joining the 700 Ohio farms who already offer agritourism, these factors will help you decide.

Small farms have unique production, distribution and marketing challenges. Learn how they can work together to overcome these obstacles.
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