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Farming: Pencil to Plow Course Outline

Farming: Pencil to Plow incorporates many educational resources through out the course to give each class participant the best opportunity in gathering new knowledge to make his/her farm a success. Each week, topics are focused on to successfully develop a working business plan by the end of the...

2016 Farming: Pencil to Plow Registration

Farming: Pencil toPlow is an eight (8) week course designed for aspiring small and beginning farmers along with producers who are looking to diversify their current farm operation. Infromation will be presented by experts in the agriculture field, including University of Maryland Extension...

Farming: Pencil to Plow

A Nationally Recognized Extension Program Farming: Pencil to Plow is a nationally recognized agricultural entrepreneurship training course by the National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) designed for aspiring small and new farmers as well as producers who are interested in...

Swine Production

Swine production is not a large part of Maryland Agriculture, but a growing number of farmers are considering raising pork on a small scale or providing pork as a part of a CSA. In 2013, cash receipts for market hogs were $8.6 million with the total number of hogs and pigs in Maryland reaching 22,...

9. Sample Cost Sheet for Vegetable Farm

Below is an example of typical equipment required and cost for a small 5-15 acre vegetable farm: Equipment Description Average Used Cost Average New Cost Tractor -general 55 hp, diesel $12,000 $30,000 Disc Harrow 9 foot- transport $1,800 $3,600 Field Cultivator Perfecta II-8 ft. $3,000 $4,000...

8. Sample Cost Sheet for Hay Operation

Cash Hay: Assumptions are based on small square bales, utilizing a pull type stack wagon for up to 200 acres. For smaller operations, eliminate stack wagon and increase hay wagons. Smaller operations (1-75 acres) may also consider eliminating one tractor, drill and boom sprayer. Equipment cost...

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