Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Grow Your Farm Course in Poplar Bluff

Have a creative farming idea? Need help determining how to turn your idea into a profitable business?

The Grow Your Farm course is designed for prospective agriculture enterprises, with or without experience and seasoned farmers who want to expand their business. University of Missouri Extension specialists and experienced, innovative farmers teach the sessions.  Grow Your Farm meets weekly for 10 weeks.

This course will help you:

 Network with other growers.

 Learn to evaluate the feasibility of particular farm opportunities.

 Understand the components of a business plan and create one of our own.

 Learn how to "walk the property" to assess the land and its facilities.

 Consider different types of agricultural marketing and draft a marketing plan.

 Become familiar with a variety of legal issues pertaining to farming enterprises.

 Identify and prioritize personal and family values as a foundation for the farm mission and goals.

 Understand financial aspects of a business plan and review tools to manage financial records.

The Grow Your Farm course will be held on Thursdays evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm from February 21 through April 25 at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 222 N. Broadway, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

FEE: $100 per farm. Fee includes seminar materials, speakers, and a subscription to “Ag Opportunities” e-newsletter. The registration fee for this program is normally $200 but we are able to provide it at a reduced cost thanks to sponsorship.  Call 573-686-8064 to register or go to



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