Penn State Extension to Offer Farm Business Planning Class

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The New Year provides a good opportunity to look to the future and at what changes need to take place on the farm. Penn State Extension will be offering Your Future in Focus, a 5 session business planning class for Pennsylvania farmers and agricultural business owners.

The class encouraged me to think more creatively, but realistically...

The New Year provides a good opportunity to look to the future and at what changes need to take place on the farm. The first step in making changes is to create a plan – to be used as a feasibility test for new agricultural ventures, as a management guide for established farms, and to apply for loans to expand or change what is being produced. Penn State Extension will be offering Your Future in Focus, a 5 session business planning class for Pennsylvania farmers and agricultural business owners. The course will focus on business plan development for established and start-up agricultural businesses, taking participants step by step through the information that bankers and other lenders want to know.

By breaking the business plan into easily understood segments, Your Future in Focus provides class members with the information and skills to start or change direction with their farm. Basic planning, performing marketing research, and financial management are a few of the concrete tools taught by experienced instructors and guest speakers. Anyone who wants to develop the skills to be innovative and visionary in their business – to grow their farm - will enjoy and benefit from this course. If you’re thinking about beginning an agricultural business and searching for innovative ideas about how to get your enterprise off the ground, this program is for you!

Your Future in Focus will be offered at Penn State Extension offices in Allegheny, Clinton, Lebanon, Mercer, and Monroe Counties, for five sessions on January 3, 17; February 7, 21, and March 6. All sessions will meet from 9am to 4pm., at a tuition cost of $225 per person. A second individual from the family or business may attend at a cost of an additional $75. Penn State is committed to affirmative action and diversity of its workforce.

Previous installments of Your Future in Focus has been well received. A former student states, “The class encouraged me to think more creatively, but realistically, I learned that I was not alone in wondering if I could really start my agricultural business.”                                            

Registration has been extended till noon on December 21. To sign up, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/tcqmbr or call toll-free 877-489-1398.

Your Future in Focus is supported by Pennsylvania MarketMaker, a tool designed to help businesses from farm to fork connect with each other.

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