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Webinar Dates

Live instruction for 2023 has concluded. You are welcome to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Fall 2024.​​ All webinars are recorded and posted in your online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!

To access the webinars during our next live session, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in the Weekly Resources section of this course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for the webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.

You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted along with the webinar link.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Getting Started on a Farm Business Plan

In week one, we'll start with introductions and an overview of the course. We will review the business plan template, and students will start working on their individual plan.

Week 2: Mission Statements & Goal Setting

In week two, we'll move into the business plan's Mission Statement, Goal Statements, and Vision Statements. We will also discuss cash flow planning for farm business.

Week 3: Business Organization & Tactical Planning

This week we'll cover business organization and common farm business structures. We'll also discuss farm start-up and management.

Week 4: Farm Startup & Enterprise Budgets

This week we'll further discuss budgets, as well as marketing planning and how to find markets.

Week 5: Projecting Income & Expenses

This week we'll be creating balance sheets for business plans, and will discuss business development planning.

Week 6: Working with Lenders

This week we'll answer the question: what are lenders looking for? We'll discuss income statements and other financial measures.

Week 7: Grants, Loans and Other Sources of Financing

This week we'll wrap-up the course with a discussion of "I Wrote a Business Plan. Now What?"

Webinar Participants' Guide

Review the document below for more detailed instructions on how to use the webinar technology.

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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