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Business and Financial Planning

These links will direct you to information and resources to help you develop your   business plan and financial statements.

Online Templates, Tools and Resources

As the premier farmer source for sustainable agriculture information, ATTRA offers important resources for beginning farmers and ranchers and people who work with them. On their website you can learn about running a farm, transitioning to organic, business management, marketing and much else. They also list a wealth of other resources outside of ATTRA.

The Field Guide to the New American Foodshed, created in partnership between the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Farm Credit System to better support Young, Beginning and Small farmers offers Case Studies, One Page Business Plans, and a Decision Tree.

AGPLAN, The Agricultural, Fisheries, and Small Business Planning website, helps rural business owners develop a business plan free of charge, through the resources of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

The New Farmer Hub feature of the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, from Cornell University’s Small Farms Program, offers worksheets and templates embedded in online planning lessons where you can save work in your own online files.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, based in Massachusetts, recently developed a Financial Management 101 Tipsheet Series which is tailored and particularly helpful for small scale diversified producers.

Small Businesss Development Centers

The Small Business Administration (SBA) in conjunction with the Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE, and other local partners offer free or low cost resource training seminars and workshops to enhance the setup and/or growth of your small business concern.

SBDC provide business planning assistance to all types of small businesses. Even if an office does not have agricultural expertise, they can still be of assistance in helping to put your business plan and financials together. These are the links to the Cleveland and Columbus offices.

Other Technical Assistance and Resources

Ohio Marketing Connections facilitates easy access to direct marketing resources thanks to the contributions of numerous collaborators on the Ohio Direct Marketing Team at OSU.

The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) makes available a general business curriculum,Business Education Support and Training (BEST), as well as helpful worksheets and training materials for small food enterprises

You can find comprehensive resources on Bookkeeping and Other Basics; Cash Flow Budgeting and Managing Debt; Small Farm and Ranch Income Taxes on this blog curated by Poppy Davis, National Program Leader, Small Farms & Beginning Farmers & Ranchers at USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach

Risk Management and Disaster Assistance

This publication from University of Pennsylvania explain the many benefits of diligent recordkeeping.

Farm Aid provides a Family Farm Disaster Relief Fund, a list of Disaster Assistance, and runs a Hotline

Farmers’ Legal Action Group provides disaster assistance resources including a Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance

Other Ohio Sustainable Agriculture Resources

Other Ohio Sustainable Agriculture Resources can be found on the Growers Resources pages of the OEFFA website

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
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Columbus OH 43214

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011