A business plan is crucial to a successful, sustainable operation. It'll also make you more competitive for lucrative financing and grant opportunities. The organizations and resources below can help you write, enhance or evaluate the plan for your business.
PRIMER for Selecting New Enterprises for Your Farm, University of Kentucky (pdf)
- KCARD offers free or inexpensive business planning, grant writing, and market research help.
- Funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency, this resource helps you find and use relevant business development information for local/regional food markets
Agricultural Innovation & Commercialization Center, Purdue University Extension
Developing a Business Plan, Penn State Ag Alternatives
AgPlan, University of Minnesota
- A tool to help develop a business plan
Entrepreneur Self Test A test to help an individual identify and understand his/her entrepreneurial potential, from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
How to Pick a High Value Crop: Evaluating Your Resources and Personal Considerations, N.C. State University
Community Supported Agriculture Tools
Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture - from the University of Wyoming
Education on Community Supported Agriculture Ventures in the Rural Mountain West - presentation from University of Wyoming Extension
A Farmer's Guide to Marketing through Community Supported Agriculture - from University of Tennessee Extension