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Flow Chart - Business Planning Variables

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Word doc flow chart for farmers to illustrate different variables that affect their business planning.  All Regions.  English Level: emerging.  Farming level: Beginning. Literacy Level: Moderate.  Key words: business.

New Entry Production Resources

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A compilation of the resources given out by our farmer training coordinator to business planning class participants and incubator farmers. Includes helpful links to sources of information on growing fruits and vegetables, greenhouses and high tunnels, tractors and implements and additional sustainable agriculture resources.

Fact Sheet 35: Pocket Resource Guide

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This handy guide contains contact information for many of the resources and companies referenced in An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts. Print it out and hang it on your wall for easy access!

Fact Sheet 34: Agriculture and Climate Change

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How is climate change affecting farms and what can we do to adapt? Find out in Fact Sheet 34 from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts.  

Fact Sheet 23: Your Market Potential

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Assess your farm's market position and create a successful sales strategy with this fact sheet from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts

Fact Sheet 22: Payroll and Workers

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Find information on hiring farm workers, including links to required payroll forms, in Fact Sheet 22 from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts

Fact Sheet 21: Farm Labor

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Fact Sheet 21 from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts explores several options for farms looking to hire workers.

Fact Sheet 11: Environmental Regulations

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Fact Sheet 11 from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts explores environmental regulations and best management practices for conservation.

Fact Sheet 8: Crop Insurance

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Find out more about crop insurance options available to Massachusetts farmers, including Catastrophic Risk Protection, the Non-Insured Assistance Program, and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite. This fact sheet is an excerpt from An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Farming in Massachusetts

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Are you thinking of starting a farming business in Massachusetts? Are you currently farming and interested in expanding the crops you grow, accessing new marketing outlets, or making your business more profitable? This resource guide is a collection of 35 independent fact sheets that can be used separately as needed or together as a complete set. Topics include land access, farm infrastructure, risk management, business planning, livestock processing, organic certification, and much more. It may be helpful for you to use this series with someone who can guide you to more farming information, such as an experienced farmer, a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources employee, a United States Department of Agriculture employee, or other service provider. 

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