University of Maryland Extension

Producers

Are you a producer in Prince George's County looking for assistance marketing your raw or value-added product?

Perhaps you own land but aren't quite sure what to do with it and need some guidance and fresh ideas. Contact our Agriculture Marketing team umepgc-agmarketing@umd.edu or 301.868.8780, for more information on how our Ag Marketing program can help your farm or food business. We work with both rural and urban farms and local food businesses using ingredients from Prince George's County producers.

It's important for any business to have a game plan, and your farm enterprise is no different.

Many questions need to be answered in the areas of production, regulatory, business and marketing topics. The Starting a Farm Enterprise in Maryland: Checklist contains a listing of resources as you consider a new farm enterprise. It includes government agencies, organizations, and production information that will be vital for getting started. In addition, here is a list of additional business planning and marketing resources to assist you with your agripreneurial endeavors. If you are thinking about agritourism, check out our tip sheet on important contacts and resources. Finally, if you'd like some one-on-one assistance, consider scheduling a virtual entrepreneurial coaching session with us!

We send regular updates related to events, trainings, business planning, and marketing to producers in Prince George's County. To take advantage of this resource, please email us at and introduce yourself and your enterprise. We'd love to hear from you and learn more about what you do and your needs. 

Here are a few of our favorite Agripreneur resources:

UMD Extension Ag Marketing Program
Resources to assist individuals with marketing plans, develop profitable, sustainable marketing opportunities, and work in coordination with other supporting agencies to enhance Maryland’s agricultural economy.

UMD Extension New Farmer Resources
Articles, links and other on-line tools to assist new farmers with getting started.

MRDEC (Maryland Rural Development Enterprise Center)
UMD Extension Community Resource and Economic Development Online Initiative provides successful rural business innovation strategies for farm business plans, and production and management techniques for 21st century agricultural/natural resource entrepreneur.

MRDEC Farm Business Planning Workbook
A workbook to help you take time to formulate thoughts, evaluate your business, devise a strategy, and anticipate possible problems to ensure that your business is successful.

Annie's Project
An eight week course designed to empower farmwomen to manage information systems used in critical decision making processes and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen with a passion for business and involvement. The course covers the five areas of Risk Management- Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk and Human Resources.

Marketing on a Bailing Twine Budget (All Ag Media)
The strategic marketing plan, simplified. Creating a marketing plan can be complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Annie's Project participants are welcome to use our marketing plan template.

Women in Agriculture
MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture is dedicated to providing knowledge and resources to women who share a passion for agriculture.  Webinars, conferences, workshops and tours to assist you in your farm business management and marketing efforts.

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
The Small Business Services (SBS) division provides direct assistance to the rapid-growth potential small, local and minority-owned businesses located in Prince George's County. Additionally, the SBS provides access to: capital, contracts, and a comprehensive one-stop shop delivery of management consulting, technical assistance and entrepreneurial training. EDC also offers Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications assistance.

FSC First
Provides access to financing to small and minority businesses through distinct loan products. The loans are a product of public-private partnerships between a consortium of participating banks, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and FSC First.

MARBIDCO (MD Agriculture and Resource -Based Industry Development Corporation)
Provides loans, grants and other business assistance programs for Maryland agriculture and aquaculture.

UMD Extension Beginning Farmer Success Project
Provides farmers with tools and education to explore, refine, develop and implement farm businesses.

Beginning Farmer Success Guidebook
Resource guide for agricultural service providers and farmers in the region.

UMD Extension Business Planning and Farm and Financial Management
Provides commercial farms, small farms, greenhouses, and nurseries with education and assistance in developing effective business plans for their businesses through workshops, seminars, and individual on-farm consultations involving farm business management, strategic and tactical planning, recordkeeping, financial analysis, and computer applications for farm managers, educators, lenders, and others.

UMES Small Farm Program
Delivers educational programs, training, and outreach that help limited-resource and socially disadvantaged farmers own and operate farms successfully and assure equitable participation in USDA agriculture programs. Programs include alternative enterprise selection, direct marketing, improved and inexpensive agriculture production practices, farm business management, conservation awareness, and participation in USDA farm programs.

USDA NAL Small Farm Funding and Business
Resources to support agricultural businesses range from long-range visioning aids to tools that document the nitty-gritty - cash flow, expenses, assets, debts, and other important financial information.

USDA NAL Marketing
Marketing and business options for small-scale producers are diverse. Find the alternative marketing ideas, direct marketing resources, value added expertise and regulatory programs you need to enhance your farming or ranching success.

Penn State Extension: Developing a Business Plan
Business planning and marketing resources for new farmers.

Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmers - New Farmer Hub
Provides tutorials, videos, and links to help producers develop farm plans.

Beginning Farmers - Farm Business Planning
On-line resource for farmers, researchers and policy makers.

Ag Plan
On-line resource developed by University of Minnesota to help rural business owners develop a business plan.

Maryland FarmLINK
Maryland FarmLINK helps farmers sell or buy farmland, mentors novice farmers and shares important farming news and information.

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Provides resources to our area's farms, educates consumers on the importance of supporting local agriculture, enhances the connection between farms and healthy communities, and preserves agricultural in the Southern Maryland region (5 counties).

USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit and Urban Agriculture resource page
The toolkit lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations. It also contains a special section on resources for developing indoor growing operations, such as aquaponic facilities. For each element, the toolkit identifies technical and financial resources that have been developed by federal, state, and local partners. 

EPA Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook
The Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook (this document) provides guidance for developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm. It focuses on food and non-food related cultivated agriculture. The information provided is applicable regardless of whether the farm is to be operated as a non-profit or for-profit business.

UME Agriculture Law Education Initiative
Provides Maryland farmers with the information they need to prosper while complying with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the state's food system and environment.

UrbanAgLaw.org
A project of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, this website as a collection of resources on laws and regulations that regulate who, how, and where urban agriculture can occur. Content is created by a group of legal professionals and law students, and the site is curated by the Law Center.

MDA's Agritourism Checklist
A checklist to help you get started with an agriourism operation on your farm.

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