University of Maryland Extension

Business Planning, Economics & Budgets, and Crop & Farm Insurance

Maryland producer Elk Run Vineyards share how they manage risk.
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Economics and Budgets 

Business Planning

  • Agriculture Law Education Initiative
    A new collaboration among three distinguished Maryland universities—the Agriculture Law Education Initiative—is committed to providing 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.

  • Assessing Your Farm Business Plan (Website)
    It is an interactive assessment to assist farmers and agri-entrepreneurs in evaluating the potential of their farm business planning success. There are 54 statements in the assessment to which you rate your degree of agreement. At the end of the assessment, you are provided with a total score and given general recommendations for your business plan. The assessment can be taken by using the interactive online version or in writing by printing the paper version.

  • Beginning Farmer Success
    Beginning Farmer Success is a University of Maryland Exention partnership program providing farmers with tools and education to explore, refine, develop and implement farm businesses.

  • Contracts between Wineries and Growers (eXtensoion Website)
    Chris Lake, Director, Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Umpqua Community College

  • Farm Business Planning Workbook (Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center Website)
    Planning is essential to any business, no matter how large or small your inventory, payroll, and bank account.  Ben Beale, Extension Educator,University of Maryland Extension-St. Mary's County; Shannon Dill, Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension-Talbot County; Dale Johnson, Extension Specialist, Farm Management, University of Maryland Extension-WMREC; Ginger S. Myers, Extension Specialist, Marketing, University of Maryland Extension-WMREC

  • Labor (Grapes & Fruit Website)

Crop & Farm Insurance

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