This 4-part Planning For On-Farm Success series will highlight topics from the curriculum to give a well-rounded overview of the farm business planning process. If you have been thinking of starting your own business, or are in the process, plan on attending this workshop series.

In this series you will learn how to:

  • Create a Business Plan
  • Evaluate New Market Opportunities
  • Access the Right Financing
  • Prepare to Meet With a Lender
  • Manage Risks in Your Operation
  • Plan your next steps with a panel of experienced farm owners

Classes will be held upstairs at the Montana City Grill, Montana City. Register for individual classes for $15 or $50 for the whole series.

WOrkshop Schedule and Presenters

Workshops will be offered on Thursdays from 5:45-7:30 pm.

Envisioning Your Farm Business and Risk Management – January 18th

Presenters: Brent Sarchet, Lewis & Clark County Extension Agent and Cort Jensen, Montana Dept of Agriculture Attorney

Financing Your Farm Business and Small Business Administration – January 25th

Presenter: Julie Jaksha is the Director of the Small Business Development Center for Headwaters RC&D in Butte Montana. Julie helps businesses with business planning, marketing, financials, and growth strategies throughout the seven counties that Headwaters serves.

Developing a Business Plan & Market Analysis – February 1st

Presenter: George Haynes, MSU Professor and Agricultural policy specialist for MSU Extension Economics. Dr. Haynes

Farm Business Owner Panel and Planning Next Steps – February 8th

Presenter: A panel of experienced farm business owners will help participants chart a path forward.

For more information and to register, contact Brent Sarchet at MSU Extension.