Friday, January 31, 2014

Farming Smarter, Not Harder: Tune-up Your Business and Increase Your Net Profit

Attend a full day workshop on Farming Smarter, Not Harder on February 22nd at Pachamamas Alton Ballroom, 800 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS at the from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm.  Richard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook will be the key workshop presenter.

Have an allergic reaction to business?
Want to work less and make more money?
Wonder where all the money comes and goes?
Find out your farm’s profit centers–which parts of your farm make the most money and which may actually lose money. Learn efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, and financial tips for success. Set aside the day to finally work on these, and other important farm business concerns.

The workshop will address:
· Planning for Profit: a step by step guide to increase your net profit
· Making a Profit on YOUR farm: what is making money and what isn’t
· Your marketing strategies
· The Efficient Farm Office: humorous skits and demos outline best practices
· Key farm financial statements: what they are, why they are important, and how they relate to each other
· Quick business fixes

You will leave with:
1.    Several budgets for different farm enterprises
2.    Market analysis for your farm
3.    A road map of how to achieve your financial goals
4.    Rough drafts of key financial statements
5.    Tips to address common business mistakes

All of your farm’s information is for your benefit only and is solely for you to see. Please bring pen & paper, a calculator, a Johnny’s Seed catalog, and the following information from your farm if you have it: last year’s total farm sales (or top 5 selling items) broken down by product and/or account, last year’s expenses broken down into different types of expenses (seeds/fuel/labor/insurance/repairs/ etc.) and lastly, your checkbook balances for the last two years ending on December 31st.
The all day workshop will be part lecture, part group work sessions, and part individual work sessions. The target audience is any farmer (beginner to experienced, young or old) who feels the need to sharpen their pencil and focus a little more on the business side of farming.

            Registration cost is Early bird rate: $35 for first farm rep, $15 additional rep.  After Feb 11: $50 for first farm rep, $20 additional rep.  To register click here.

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