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Business Planning Toolkit

Tilth Conference 2019

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Business Planning Toolkit

What's New at the State Veterinarian's Office?

  • Susan Kerr, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • This workshop will give updates from the WA State veterinarian's office, including new outreach materials, animal disease status in the state, personnel changes, new programming, foreign animal diseases of concern, regulation changes and the new WSDA web site. There will be time for questions/answers and feedback to the agency.

Finding and Leasing Farmland

  • Dylan LeValley, Attorney; Alyssa Jumars, Methow Conservancy/Methow Wild Fruits; Jason Alves, Veterans Conservation Corps/Vet Corps/Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs; moderated by Amy Moreno-Sills, PCC Farmland Trust/Four Elements Farm
  • This workshop is for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of finding and leasing farmland. The panel is comprised of farmers, an attorney versed in agriculture leases, Veteran’s Conservation Corp program manager and land access professionals. In the first half, each panelist will give a summary of their expertise, experiences, and programs available to support the farmer. The second half will be an open Q and A discussion. The conversation will be driven by the audience. Bring your questions and walk away with a better understanding of what considerations to take in leasing land to set your farm business up for success.

Crop Planning with Spreadsheets

  • Becky Zaneski, Full Tilth Farm
  • Regardless of what you’re growing or on what acreage, it takes vision and a plan to move from seed to start to planting, harvest and sales. It takes record-keeping and analysis to determine if a crop is worth your time to grow, or how you might make it worthwhile. Based on systems developed by Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm and then tailored over 10 years of running her own farm businesses, Becky Zaneski will cover how to use simple spreadsheets for succession planning, field mapping in time and space, propagation planning, logging sales, cost/benefit analysis and crop enterprise budgets. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions and will also get access to downloadable template spreadsheets. Participants can optionally bring their laptops and practice with the templates during the last part of class.

Spreadsheet Techniques for Small and Mid-Sized Farm Businesses

  • Kether Scharff-Gray, Mainstem Malt; Anna Chotzen, Viva Farms
  • This workshop will explore various techniques for organizing information, and demonstrate how good information management can serve farmers in assessing risk, making accurate projections and achieving financial viability. Considering that farmers are constantly making decisions about how much to plant, which crops to grow, which market channels to focus on, and which crops are most profitable, we will introduce several key spreadsheet tools (applicable in Excel and Google Sheets) that prove useful in making these types of management decisions. This workshop is intended to introduce participants to techniques that will enhance the record keeping systems they already have in place. Bring your laptops and your questions! Basic experience with spreadsheets is a plus, but not required. We will discuss non-spreadsheet techniques for managing information as well.
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