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  • Washington FarmLink

    Washington Farmlink is the state's leading program to link aspiring farmers and landowners and help build sustainable farming operations. Farmlink addresses barriers that farmers face in keeping their land in farming and provides succession technical assistance and education.

  • California FarmLink

    California Farmlink offers a range of services to beginning farmers and landowners, including transitioning farmland and technical assistance in business planning, equity building and farm succession.

  • Farm Succession Risk Management Checklist

    A great resource for farmers who will be retiring soon, this tool calculates your farm succession risk and provides resources depending on your risk level.

  • AgTransitions

    This free tool from the Center for Farm Financial Management helps farmers and ranchers through every step of creating and implementing an individual farm transition plan, including having your plan reviewed by professional business advisors and succession educators.

  • Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative

    Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative is an innovative network of organizations in Jefferson County, WA that work strategically to keep rural landscapes economically viable.

  • Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers

    This is a practical guide to ways agricultural producers can profit from the growing environmental marketplace in the state of Washington, published by the American Farmland Trust. Explore this document to learn more about what environmental markets are, how to identifying opportunities, evaluate, and create a plan for getting involved in environmental markets.

Operations

  • Agricultural Insurance

    This excerpt from the WSDA's Green Book provides excellent guidance on agricultural insurance. (109 KB PDF)

  • Agricultural Taxes

    This excerpt from the WSDA's Green Book provides excellent guidance on agricultural taxes. (116.6 KB PDF)

  • SWOT Analysis

    This risk analysis tool from the USDA Risk Management Agency will guide you in evaluating the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) involved in any business enterprise (933.3 KB PDF)

  • So You Want to be a Farmer in Oregon?

    This document from Oregon Department of Agriculutre will tell you everything you need to know about how to start an agricultural business in Oregon, and provides a good outline for how to get started farming in other states. (6.7 MB PDF)

  • Financing Your Business in Oregon

    This is a business resource guide for Oregon's entrepreneurs published by the USDA. It includes many resources from business planning to financing loans and grants.

  • Farm Finances: Organizing and Understanding Your Numbers

    The goal of this webinar video is to make basic accounting approachable to people with no accounting experience and to encourage new farmers to develop good record- keeping habits at the outset.

  • Organic Strawberry Production Manual

    Nothing screams spring more than a delicious basket of ripe and juicy strawberries. Strawberries are among the most important fruit crops in California—with organic production on the rise. Organic strawberry sales in California have grown from $2 million in 1997 to over $55 million in 2009. Grow your own delicious organic strawberries this year with the help of this detailed how-to guide. (0 B ASPX)

  • Farmer's Guide to Organic Contracts

    The Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts can assist farmers with all types of agricultural contracts, but the guide’s primary purpose is to serve farm operations certified as organic under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. Specific suggestions and information for certified organic operations are highlighted throughout this resource. (0 B PDF)

  • Cover Crop in Organic Systems: Western State Implementation Guide

    Developed by Oregon Tilth, this guide provides an overview of how cover crops can be used on organic operations, different purposes for the use of this conservation practice, design considerations, and related National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. Part of a five-guide series, this resource will enable the Federal Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program, especially the EQIP Organic Initiative, to be more responsive to and valuable for organic farmers. (0 B ORG/FILES/R-E/OCP/COVER-CROP-IN-ORGANIC-SYSTEMS)

  • Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems

    This document is an instruction guide for creating and implementing a nutrient management plan (NMP) on certified or transitioning organic lands.An NMP for organically managed lands describes the amount, source, placement, form, and timing of the application of nutrients and soil amendments, generally by field, to meet crop nutrient needs while protecting water quality, improving soil health, and utilizing manure and other organically acceptable byproducts as nutrient sources. (0 B ORG/FILES/R-E/OCP/NUTRIENT-MANAGEMENT)

  • Transportation Cost Calculator

    A tool to help calculate the real cost of moving food from farm to market.

Risk Management

  • National Agricultural Law Center, Legal and Business Guide for Specialty Crop Producers

    Created by the National Agricultural Law Center and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, this document addresses a wide range of legal and business opportunities and challenges faced by specialty crop producers. It includes chapters on contract laws, food safety, food labeling, agricultural labor, business organizations, and the application of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. In addition, since the industry is also confronted by other unique challenges that directly affect competitiveness, it also includes a chapter addressing the marketing of various types of specialty crops, and one discussing the third party audit system.

  • Ag In Uncertain Times

    Developed and managed by the Western Extension Committee, this site provides live webinars and other tools designed to provide current information to farmers, ranchers and educators about the challenges in today’s agricultural economy.

  • Farms.com Risk Management Advisory Service

    An agriculture commodity marketing and price risk management service provider for North American farmers, producers, and agribusiness. Farms.com Risk Management Inc. works with producers as advisors-not brokers- in the marketing/selling of crops and/or your market hogs, as well as during the purchase of feed inputs for hogs

  • USDA Risk Management Agency

    USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) helps producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions. RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers.

  • Western Center for Risk Management Education

    Helping farm and ranch families to improve their ability to manage the financial risks associated with farming and ranching is the sole purpose of the Extension Risk Management Education (RME) Program. Producer Focused Results therefore are at the core of the Regional Risk Management Education Grant Programs and the work of the WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education.

  • Pacific Northwest Risk Management Education Project

    The Pacific Northwest Risk Management Education Project provides risk management education opportunities for cereal grain producers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) region of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This includes learning materials and decision tools for Agricultural Risk Management to manage financial, production, and price risk.

  • Farm Wisdom: Managing Risk on Small Farms Video Series

    A diverse set of small-scale producers served as farm hosts for WSDA’s 2009-2011 mobile workshops aimed at helping farmers reduce risk in their businesses. Production practices, direct marketing strategies, business planning, energy conservation practices, regulations for raw and processed products are all featured in this video series. More than 100 Washington farmers participated in nine workshops and found the information to be so useful, that we began filming them in order to reach more farmers with this invaluable, practical information.