Home » In Focus: Farm Management and Business In Focus: Farm Management and Business February 3, 2023 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 Find these titles and more at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore. Farming Without Losing Your Hat by Paul Dorrance – perfect for those just getting started on their farm’s business plan. Paul Dorrance guides you through these important first steps with real-world experience and examples. Save on this book all month with our Book of the Month deal! A Farmer’s Guide to the Bottom Line by Charles Walters. This book is the culmination of Acres U.S.A. founder Charles Walters’ lifetime of experience, written in his honest, straight-ahead style, outlining how the small farmer-entrepreneur can find his way to a profitable bottom line. Ready Farmer One: The Farmers’ Guide to Create, Design, and Market an Online Farm Store by Diego Footer and Nina Galle. This book provides a blueprint for those looking to bring their farm business online. Start Your Farm: Essential for Growing and Raising Vegetables, Fruits, Livestock and Grains for Market by Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk. More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. The Future Proof Farm: Changing Mindsets in a Changing World by Steve Groff. This book dives into the modern consumer mindset, with the purpose of helping farmers ensure they will have a continuing market for their goods. 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, www.EcoFarmingDaily.com, 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: How to Brainstorm a Successful Business for Your Farm by Dr. Harold Willis Planning Your Regenerative Agriculture Business by Meg Greski Calculating Income and Business Projections for Your Farming Operation by Louise Placek Farm Smarter: Time Management Tips by Kevin and ShaeLynn Watt Direct Marketing for the Small Farm by Louise Placek Transitioning to Organic: Strategies for Success by Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer Durand Farming Success: Joel Salatin’s Top 10 Markers by Joel Salatin 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. 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! Keep Learning To get similar resources in your inbox every week, be sure to sign up for our Acres U.S.A. weekly newsletters right here!