So, you think you want to farm…

So you think you want to farm?  Great!  Many of us do, but what are the time, financial, social, and resource considerations that we need to account for?  Have you considered legal, business and tax consequences of what you would like to accomplish?  How will you keep yourself oriented toward your goal?

Consider these resources as you pursue your endeavor.

Developing Goals for the Agricultural Business, OSU Fact Sheet (contact Extension Office directly for a copy)

Develop a Useful Mission Statement for Your Agricultural Business, OSU Fact Sheet (contact Extension Office directly for a copy)

Farm Management Enterprise Budgets https://aede.osu.edu/research/osu-farm-management/enterprise-budgets

Custom Rates and Machinery Costs https://aede.osu.edu/research/osu-farm-management/publications

Whole Farm Planning Model http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-52

So, You Want to Be A Farmer (Essay on the challenges of beginning a farm)

So, You Want to Be a Farmer

Ohio Agricultural Sales Tax Exemption Rules http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/OAM-2

AgPlan https://agplan.umn.edu/

These links are primarily Ohio State University related resources.  But there is a lot more out there and you can use this information to help narrow your focus on other information you need.  This is literally the tip of the iceberg!

“Livestock, crops and other agricultural endeavors require what they need, when they need it, as determined by the weather, seasons and market forces, not an eight hour industrial time clock.”  John Lemondes, at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2015/10/05/so-you-want-to-be-a-farmer/.  Accessed 3/22/17.

 

Starter Flock Application from the Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association

On behalf of the Muskingum County Sheep Producer’s Improvement Association:

The Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association (MCSPIA) is participating in the 2017 Ohio Sheep Improvement Assoc./Ohio Sheep Wool Program.  MCSPIA  will select an individual to receive funding for a ewe starter flock and provide mentoring. This program is intended to begin and support a young person wishing to become a sheep producer.

The application and more information are available at this link.