In Focus: Farm Management and Business

This month, the topic in focus is Farm Management and Business. Obviously, this is a key element to any successful farming or ranching operation. Common questions include: Where do I start? How do I improve? What tools and techniques are there to make my operation easier and more efficient?

Here is a list of helpful resources to improve your education, planning and knowledge around farm management and business:

Best Books on Farm Management

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Find these titles and more at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.

Find even more great books on farm management and business in our Farm Business collection at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore.

Best Free Articles on Farm Management

Our free website,, is a great resource for in-depth articles on all kinds of topics related to organic, eco-agriculture. Some of our popular articles specifically about farm management and business include:

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Find more educational articles on the site in the Farm Management section.

Learn Online at Your Own Pace

The benefits of online learning include flexibility on timing and location. Our Eco-Ag U Online learning center has an in-depth library of online courses. From learning soil health from Gary Zimmer to learning agroforestry from Mark Shepard, there’s something for everyone!

For this month’s theme, an excellent course is Proven Lessons for Success in the Business of Farming by farmer, author and speaker Paul Dorrance.

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Paul Dorrance in his Eco-Ag U Online course: Proven Lessons for Success in the Business of Farming.

This in-depth, step-by-step guide will take aspiring small to medium scale farmers and ranchers through the process of creating a comprehensive business plan. Avoid common mistakes and make sure your first year of business is a huge success! Build marketing plans, cost management programs, revenue forecasts, vision statements and more. Learn more about it here!

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