Updated: November 30, 2022
Thinking about starting or expanding an agricultural or food-related business but not sure where to start? Book an entrepreneurial coaching session with The University of Maryland’s Entrepreneurial Coaching Team for farm and food entrepreneurs.
Updated: May 24, 2022
What is Urban Agriculture? (FS-1169)
This factsheet will explore the definition of urban agriculture and urban farming, with a focus on the state of Maryland. We will introduce readers to the wide variety of production practices and business models that urban growers use, with photographs and examples. Neith Little, author. "What is Urban Agriculture? (FS-1169)
Updated: June 4, 2021
Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now
Summertime and the season is busy. Planting, harvesting, marketing, coordinating employees, and dealing with customers leave little time in the day to prepare for the busy fall agritourism and direct marketing season. But, now is just the right time to plan ahead for the Fall “crunch” time.
Updated: June 4, 2021
Is Diversification Your Ultimate Goal?
Farmers are repeatedly advised to diversify into new enterprises in order to generate additional income. It’s not unusual for me to visit a farm that grows vegetables, fruit, has some livestock for direct marketing meats, chickens for eggs, offers agritourism events and farm tours, and is considering how to enter the craft beverage market. If diversification is really the business model for success, what does that mean for farmers?
Updated: February 21, 2021
Your Feedback for Program Planning Needed and Appreciated
In April, University of Maryland Extension Ag Marketing Program, in partnership with Future Harvest CASA, conducted a new seminar series titled “Wheels Up”/ a Maturing Business Assessment Program. The "Wheels Up" series is for farmers with 3 or more years of business experience. As their businesses have grown and matured, critical issues have surfaced that were never anticipated in the original start-up plans. They now know what their businesses strengths and weaknesses are, but not how to correct or improve their situation. Very often the timing of these growth decisions comes simultaneously with increasing demands of family, community, and/or off-farm employment.
Updated: February 15, 2021
Business Organization Videos
Business organization structures can provide many uses in agriculture, but the majority of Maryland farmers do not utilize one. Utilizing the proper one can help limit liability for the farmer, protect personal assets from business liabilities, and provide a mechanism to transition the farm to the next generation. Picking the right business structure can be a difficult proposition for a business owner.
Updated: February 11, 2021
Your Ag Business Venture: Dream, Plan, Implement!
Your Ag Business Venture: Dream, Plan, Implement is a guide designed to put you in the driver's seat while on the road to making your ag business idea a reality. There are many good tools and resources within this guide to help you along the way.
Updated: January 20, 2021
Launching a Cottage Food Business In Maryland
The Cottage Food Industry Law of 2012 in Maryland opened the door for small-scale food entrepreneurs to launch a food business without investing in a commercial kitchen. The change in Maryland’s regulations allows individuals to prepare certain types of food items in their home kitchen. This report outlines the parameters of the Maryland Cottage Food Industry Law, including production and labeling requirements. The report also provides detailed information on approved cottage industry products, the requirements for selling them through various outlets, and regulations regarding limits on revenues and sales.