Category Archives: Goals

Why Consider Crop Insurance?

Jake Jacobs, University of Vermont Risk Management Education The immediate answer to the question – why consider crop insurance –  is simple: agricultural production is risky business. If weather were more predictable, agricultural producers would have no problem planning for … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Goals, Insurance, Resources for Beginning Farmers, risk management

Second Career Farmers Reveal Secrets

On average, people change careers three times in their lifetimes, and that’s not counting about ten different jobs across those careers. Whether through choice or circumstance, people are on the move to different employment opportunities, and it’s not surprising to find … Continue reading

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Coaching and Business Planning Services

Looking for some help planning a farm business? The Intervale Center’s Farms Program and Beginning Farmer Program help new farmers overcome barriers to entry and promote the development of responsible farm management. Intervale’s Beginning Farmer Program offers information, assistance, and … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Mgmt, Goals, Land access, Marketing, New Farmer Events, Resources for Beginning Farmers

End of Summer Business Review: Are You Using SMART Goals?

Listening to the crickets and watching the meteor showers reminds me that summer is winding down. It also is a trigger to dig out the business plan and take a look at where I am as the end of the … Continue reading

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Check Margins Before Scaling Up

Farms start off at a small scale for many reasons but many owners realize they want or need to expand. Expansion  most often presents the potential to increase from a part time income to earning a full time income from … Continue reading

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