New Farm Beginnings

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Event Information

Date: 

January 22nd, 2019

Time: 

10:30am - 2:00pm

Cost: 

$15.00 each session OR $80.00 paid in advance fro all 6 sessions

Contact: 

Steve Okonek

Phone: 

715-538-2311 ext. 208

Do you have an idea for a new farm business or to diversify an existing farm? Do you want to keep more money on your farm and local community?

60% of Wisconsin consumers will pay more for locally grown produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports sales of local food — whether sold directly to consumers at farmers’ markets or through secondary markets like grocers, restaurants or farm-to-school programs — amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. The USDA predicts the figure will hit $7 billion this year, 2018.  Selling products direct to consumers keeps more money on local farms.

New Farm Beginnings is a series of informational meetings to help you navigate the business and legal aspects of setting up a new farm business.

Meeting dates:

  • January 8, One page business plan introduced by SCORE business volunteers. “The foundation of a successful business – Writing your one-page business plan.” Business Mentoring available by SCORE, local farmer will discuss her experience and success with direct marketing of fruits and vegetables.
  • January 22, How do you measure success?: Budeting and financial considerations for a successful start-up. Financial analysis by Simon Jette Nantel, Professor, UW-River Falls. SWOT analysis by Melissa Kono, UW-Extension Trempealeau County.
  • February 5, How big is your barn? How big does it need to be? Family living costs, Adam Trunzo, UW-Extension Trempealeau County, farmers’ market panel discussion, How to be successful at a farmers market.
  • February 19, Strategies to pay down debt, Steve Okonek, UW-Extension Trempealeau County, group discussion; How to acquire production assets, facilitated by UW-Extension. Accessing credit and low interest loans, Ramos Tax Service.
  • March 5, Legal considerations for business structures, agro-tourism and value-added, insurance and liability, sales and processing contracts, food safety, and farm employment law. Opportunity for Q&A with legal professional.
  • March 19, Marketing plan, SCORE, How to display at farmers markets, Kristin Krokowski, UW-Extension.

SCORE volunteers will attend every session to offer business mentorship. Participants are encouraged to develop a mentor/mentee relationship with SCORE volunteers.

To register or for more information please call (715) 538-2311 ext. 208.
For Spanish language please call (715) 896-1609

Event Location

Riverland Energy, N28988 Hwy. 93, Arcadia


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