To truly prosper in a thriving, sustainable venture, a farmer needs to plan the enterprise and pay attention to its finances. That's where this guide and you—as a trainer of beginning farmers and ranchers—can help build financial skills necessary for success.
Farmer Testimonial: "The TRG website is very easy and intuitive to navigate. I downloaded copies of the 'Budgeting for Grassfed Success' cash flow spreadsheets and will use them in my management." - Jon Nelson, Nelson Farms, Hope, MI
The Trainers' Resource Guide was created for those who train beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs). The typical training program usually has a good foundation in farm production skills, but overlooks financial literacy and business planning skills. This guide will help you add these vital skills to your training program, leading to sustainable success for your trainees' ventures.
The guide is a compliment to a Community of Practice established with the project partners to network BFR trainers for sharing experiences and successes, learning from each other, and together strengthening financial and business training.
Financial and business skills are critically important to new farm enterprises and the expected farm management and land ownership transition nationwide that will happen over the next several years in our rural communities. While intended for trainers, the guide may also be of value to enterprising beginning farmers and ranchers searching for specific educational tools for self-improvement. We also encourage beginning farmers and ranchers to visit the Start2Farm website, which is geared specifically for them.
Welcome to the Trainers Resource Guide (TRG). The TRG was developed for trainers, yet since its launch we've learned that many of the resources can and are being used directly by farmers and ranchers like you; those farmers and ranchers interested in strengthening their business planning and financial management skills.
Feel free to go the "Explore Resources" search tool (right) and look for resources that might address your needs. Many can be used for your own professional development - at your own pace and when you have the time and the need.
Or check out the Community of Practice drop-down menu where there are links to a complete list of dozens of trainers as well as an interactive map. You can search for trainers in your area and connect to experts around the nation.
And if you don't find what you need, feel free to Contact Us. The TRG team continually adds new resources, and we want to be responsive to your need as a farmer or rancher.