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    • Planning For On-Farm Success Workshop (Columbus, Joliet, Bozeman)
      Are you trying to start a farm or ranch business in Montana? Maybe you’d like to add a new, direct-market enterprise to your operation to increase your business. Planning For On-Farm Success teaches you the business skills you need to succeed. Learn how to evaluate new markets, track financial information and use it to make decisions, access the right financing for your business, and manage the risks in your operation. You will receive expert instruction by presenters from the Montana university system as well as networking and Q&A with experienced producers, lenders, and ag professionals in your community. You will receive a copy of the Planning for On-Farm Success workbook and get hands-on support working on your own plans as you complete the course. To obtain Farm Service Agency borrower financial management training credit, you must attend the workshops on Managing Your Financials and Financial Decision-Making. For more info on FSA credit, email [email protected] Check out the links below to learn more about the curriculum and sign up for the workshop series in your community!   2017 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Workshops will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm.

      Farm Strategic Planning – January 18th

      Walks through the process of identifying goals and values for your operation and getting the basics of a plan on paper.

      Researching Your Market – January 25th

      Think about your target customer and ways you can get your product to them.

      Farm Marketing & Promotion – February 1st

      Think about what makes your product unique, how to share that with your customers and how to set the right price for your customers and your business.

      Managing Your Financials – February 8th

      Understand what the numbers are that you need to be tracking and learn about the key documents that help you do track information effectively. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on income statements, balance sheets, cash flow budgets, and how to maintain and utilize these systems.

      Financial Decision-Making – February 15th

      Using all the information from the last workshop you will learn the tools that are used to make smart business decisions and how they will affect your bottom line. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on using your financials to make financial and production decisions as well as how to describe your business goals, changes required to attain those goals, and how those changes will occur using present and projected budgets.

      Financing Your Farm – February 22nd

      Learn about the different types of financing that are available and the best time to access them over the establishment and growth of your business. Learn how to prepare for a visit with your lender and ask questions of lenders in your community.

      Managing On-Farm Risks – March 1st

      Identify the risks and liabilities in your operation and make a plan to mitigate them and be prepared if something goes wrong.  


      Contact the hosting County Extension Agent with questions about each series, find registration links for your local series below.

      Stillwater County – Columbus

      Marissa Hauge                     [email protected]                                              406.322.8050 Workshops will be held at the Stillwater County West Annex at 431 Quarry Road, Columbus. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR COLUMBUS WORKSHOPS or Call Dave at CFAC 541-829-3757.

      Carbon County – Joliet

      Nikki Bailey                          [email protected]                                               406.962.3522 Workshops will be held at the Carbon County Extension Building at 202 State Street, Joliet. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JOLIET WORKSHOPS or Call Dave at CFAC 541-829-3757.

      Gallatin County – Bozeman

      Emily Lockard                       [email protected]                                          406.582.3280 Workshops will be held at the Gallatin County Extension Building at 903 North Black Ave, Bozeman. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BOZEMAN WORKSHOPS or Call Dave at CFAC 541-829-3757.
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