Farm Management

Find resources on business planning and management, market development and diversification, budgeting and finance, risk management, and more.

New Farmers

United States Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. "Two of the biggest challenges facing new farmers and ranchers are access to land and access to capital. Capital needs range from buying the farm itself to financing your business. USDA and its partners have many tools that you can use when taking these first key steps."

Farm Answers

University of Minnesota. Center for Farm Financial Management.

Farm Answers features a library of how-to resources and guidance, a directory of beginning farmer training programs, toolboxes to help you address your biggest challenges when starting a farm, and news, blog, podcasts and other sources of current information in agriculture.

Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Michigan State University.

Explores techniques for analyzing "the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems."

National Ag Risk Education Library

University of Minnesota. Center for Farm Financial Management.

A "major component of USDA's Risk Management Education (RME) program; organizes thousands of risk management materials which help producers and agricultural professionals quickly locate information, tools, and assistance on specific risk management topics."

Family Farm Series Publications: Farm Management Publications

University of California. Small Farm Center.

Individual fact sheets discuss agricultural enterprise selection, small farm financing, production cost analysis and farm leasing or renting.

Agricultural Alternatives - Farm Management

Pennsylvania State University. College of Agricultural Sciences; Cooperative Extension Service.

Informs farmers on agritainment, business insurance, budgeting, business plans, financing, business diversification, agricultural liability, and income tax issues.

Marketing, Business and Risk Management

National Center for Appropriate Technology. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Provides publications and information to help farmers with managing risk, planning their businesses, diversifying their output, developing new markets and adding value to farm products. Topics include: business planning and management, risk management, funding and organic marketing and labeling.

Small Business Administration Online Library

U.S. Small Business Administration.

Access hundreds of publications, fact sheets, workbooks and other resources on small business management, financing, marketing and more.