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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Farm Business Planning 1: Assessing the Farm's Health

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“Consult a doctor before starting exercise.” We see this message at the start of a new year when resolutions abound. We are told this so that we can understand our own health and what we can and cannot do to make ourselves better. To truly move forward on farm businesses we need to understand the health of the farm so we can address weaknesses or create our business plan. Typically, we use farm financial statements and other assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses. Part one of Farm Business Planning will discuss how to assess and interpret the farm’s health and provide resources for assessing farm health and understanding how to move forward.

Learning Objectives:
-Assess internal farm health with financial statements
-Assess management skills
-Assess external forces

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Curtis Mahnken

Extension Economist, CFFM, University of Minnesota
Curtis Mahnken joined the Center for Farm Financial Management in 2010 as an Extension Economist. Prior to arriving at the center, he spent four years with the University of Kentucky as an Area Extension Specialist in Farm Business Management. While at UK, he authored the 2008 Dairy... Read More →


Kevin Channell

Farm Business Specialist, Intervale Center
Kevin began his career in agriculture raising organic produce as an apprentice through NOFA-VT in 2004. Near the end of 2005 he and his wife co-founded a diverse organic farm in Fairlee, VT called Your Farm. They grew the farm through direct to market sales and a CSA. In 2010 they... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Portside Room