University of Maryland Extension

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 course.  

For those particpants taking the course, information for each week of class are listed.  Materials listed below will be provided the first night class begins.

Through the 2016 class, upon completing the course business knowledge gained from graduates included:

  • Of farm regulations and policies, 50% gained a lot of new knowledge with 40% gained an average amount of new knowledge,
  • Pertaining to marketing a farm business, 80% gained a lot of new knowledge with 20% gaining an average amount of new knowledge.
  • 95% of graduates gain a lot of new knowledge in writing a farm business plan.
  • With new knowledge gained, the participants intented business actions include:
  • 90% very likely to start their farm business,
  • 85% very likely to develop farm financial statements and enterprise budgets, with an additional 10% somewhat likely to do so.


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