Business Planning for Beginning Farmers (L.E.A.F. Workshop Series)

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Business Planning for Beginning Farmers

Thursday, November 17th, 2016; 6pm – 8pm; $5/family

This seminar introduces the new farmer to the basic format and concepts expected in a business plan. In addition to the actual farming, a farm operation requires management, record keeping, taxes, financing, marketing, permits, competition analysis, and research. Research is ongoing for suppliers, competition, new products and services, resources and most important - customer needs. Once your farm is established, you can revisit each area for improvements on a regular basis. It’s your business so make it the best it can be. Don't underestimate the importance of planning. While it is possible to start with minimal planning, successful businesses typically have a plan, know their market, their customers and have a good understanding of the financial requirements of the business. A farm business plan is also necessary in most instances when seeking financing. This workshop will be taught by Scott Miller, Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College who has had several years of experience working with beginning farm business owners in our area. 

This event is part of the 2016-2017 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series. The L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Program is made possible through the generous support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Series is open to beginning farmers, established farms looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, homesteaders, and EVERYONE in between!

Key Information about the 2016-2017 L.E.A.F. Workshops

  • Each workshop is $5/workshop/family.
  • Pre-registration is required by mailing in the form attached to this publication or by visiting www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/leaf1617 at least 3 days prior to the workshop you are hoping to attend. This is needed to give our staff adequate time to prepare workshop materials.
  • All of the workshops will be held at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road,
  • Jamestown, NY 14701.
  • Light Refreshments will be offered at each workshop.
  • The L.E.A.F. Workshops are designed to be interactive - bring your questions and ideas!
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  • Please contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, 716-664-9502 ext. 202 for more information.



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Katelyn Walley-Stoll
Agriculture Program Community Educator, Farm Business Management
716-664-9502 ext. 202


Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center
3542 Turner Road
Jamestown, New York 14701