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A good farm business plan is your roadmap to start-up, profitability, and growth, and provides the foundation for your conversation with USDA about how our programs can complement your operation. Your business plan will be a living document that you can change as your vision and circumstances shift.
Staff at your local service center, as well as your State Beginning Farmer Coordinator can connect you to local resources in your community to help you establish a successful business plan. If you are applying for a loan your loan officer will review your business plan and assist you in translating your plan and farm vision to your application.
This FSA business plan template is part of the application and shows you the type of information you should gather when preparing your plan and application materials.
The Score Mentorship Program partners with USDA to provide:
Learn more about the program through the Score FAQ.
Another key tool is a conservation plan, which determines how you want to improve the health of your land. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help you develop a conservation plan for your land, based on your goals, at your local USDA Service Center.
A conservation plan can help you layout your plan to address resource needs, costs and schedules. Learn more about conservation in agriculture.
Crop insurance, whole farm revenue protection and other resources can help you prepare for unforeseen challenges. Learn more about disaster recovery.
Once you’ve written out a business plan for your operation, prepare for your visit to a USDA service center. During your visit, we can help you with the necessary steps to register your business and get access to key USDA programs.
Learn more about how to work with your USDA Service Center
Use the New Farmers Checklist to understand the steps you might need to take before setting up your operation.
Learn more about how you can get funding for your operation on our Land and Capital page.
Learn more about opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers.
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