FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||January 2, 2010
Growing the Future: Farm Business
Planning Course Helps farmers Develop Roadmap for Success
(Port Orchard) –
Farming can be a wonderful lifestyle, but achieving
financial success requires a view of farming first and foremost as a
business. Beginning farmers must look at their farm as a new business
with all the careful planning that entails, while existing operations
must carefully evaluate how diversification or expansion might impact
land, labor, capital, and management resources.
WSU Kitsap County Extension will offer a 12-week "Cultivating
Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning"
course to help new and existing farmers gain skills in business planning
and direct marketing. In addition, the course will have a special
emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based
businesses. The course runs on Wednesday evenings January 13, 2010
through March 31, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at WSU Kitsap County
Extension's Classroom - Room 406 of the Norm Dicks Government Center,
345 6th Street Bremerton, WA 98337
This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources,
planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing
strategies, budgets and profit/loss statements along with how to
cultivate financial resources. During the course, participants will
develop a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a
new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.
Course instructors are Jerry Darnall, local Kitsap County farmer and
Diane Fish a farmer and WSU graduate in animal science. Darnall and Fish
recently taught with WSU Kitsap County Extension's "Sustainable Small
Farming and Ranching" course.
The course features an online ag business tutorial and a full line-up
of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and
successful farm owners. In addition, there will be one Saturday field
trip to learn how other thriving farms are turning business plans into
Class size is limited to 20 farms and pre-registration is required.
Cost for the twelve-week course is $225; register now to hold your spot.
To register, contact Arno Bergstrom, Director of WSU Kitsap County
Extension at (360) 337-7225, email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the form at:
and mail with your check.
For more information on the course, contact Arno Bergstrom, (360)