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  • 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.