When Farming Reality Doesn’t Match the Business Plan
The Adjust 2015 project summarized findings from surveys and interviews, identified key learning objectives, developed preliminary educational modules, tested educational presentations and identified needed revisions to curriculum.
- Finish surveys and interviews as prescribed in the proposal.
- Develop and define key learning objectives for educational modules
- Using the learning objectives, develop educational modules
- Test educational modules and revise as needed.
- List of Key Themes as identified by participants
- What to watch out for.
- Advice to beginners
- Common issues.
- Keys to success.
- Learning objectives for students completing the New Farm Reality Check Curriculum:
- Identify life patterns (relationship and behavior) contrary to farming or business success.
- Identify progress benchmarks consistent with realistic expectations. Build them into the business plan.
- Identify benchmarks associated with exiting the business. (find examples from other industries, and businesses.
- List the basis for each assumption in your business plan. ex. Dairy farmer and his milk checks. Old equipment owned by mr. fixit.
Ability, awareness, impetus to actually build a network of experts, friends, colleagues, consultants, professionals who are your “team” : Including an “honest skeptic”
How do you find an honest skeptic? qualifications.
Be able to develop alternative plans (3) in addition to primary plan.
-“Pre-nuptial” agreement – practical ideas for managing risk. (e.g. “What are we going to do if:…[fill in the blank]
-back up plans for enterprises (e.g. irrigation)
-How will future events affect my business, climate change
-Managing risk- Insurance.
Identify community building opportunities:sources of expertise,associations, memberships (SFA, FLAG, others…),Books,publications, magazines,online forums
- Develop plan, expectations regarding number and timing of children.
- Acquire necessary soil literacy to develop reasonable expectations for land aquisition, production and mitigation of problems.
- Establish clear roles with family members. Managing family differs from employees.
- Understand basic employee management
A sample module for employee management training is attached.
Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes
A video recording of the presentation at NPSAS Annual Conference is available online through NCR-SARE’s YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/nzUB-bbZnzA?list=PLQLK9r1ZBhhFIETmMLo1dZBEVYZWXBIM1
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