Profitability Boot Camp for Farmers Workshop

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Profitability Boot Camp for Farmers Workshop – Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Greenstone Farm Credit Services, 3515 West Road, Lansing, Michigan.  

In this workshop, Farm Credit and Niman Ranch experts will share ways farmer veterans and other beginning farmers are planning for profitability and success through improved financial readiness practices.  Farm Credit will share new tools like the Monthly Cash-Flow Analysis for grass fed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry and direct to retail vegetables, and the One-Page Cost-Benefit Analysis tool.  Niman Ranch will share risk management strategies and tools.  USDA Farm Services Agency will offer the latest in USDA Farm Services Agency resources and tools that are available to farmer veterans and beginning farmers.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 11:30AM – 4:15PM at Greenstone Farm Credit Services, 3515 West Road, Lansing, MI  48823.  This Farmer Workshop is co-hosted by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Livestock workgroup and Morse Marketing Connections, LLC.

Registration for this workshop is free of charge. Lunch is included in the program.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 28, 2015 to Marty Gerencer at, or 231/638-2981.

“Profitability Boot Camp for Farmers”

A partnership of Farmer Veteran Coalition, Niman Ranch, Farm Credit, and USDA Farm Services Agency. Co-host: Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, and Morse Marketing Communications, LLC.


Lunch                                                                                                                         11:30 – 12:15 PM


Introductions and Workshop Overview                                                              12:15 – 12:30 PM

  • Greenstone Farm Credit

–  MSU Center for Regional Food Systems – Co-Host

  • Michael O’Gorman, Farmer Veteran Coalition

Access to Capital and Cash Flow Analysis                                                           12:30 – 2:00 PM

  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council
  • GreenStone Farm Credit

Break & Networking                                                                                                   2:00 – 2:15 PM

Risk Management Strategies and Tools                                                                 2:15 – 3:00 PM

  • Mel Coleman Jr., Niman Ranch

USDA FSA Resources and Tools                                                                             3:00 – 3:30 PM

  • USDA Farm Services Agency


Local Updates – MI Good Food Fund                                                                   3:30 – 4:00 PM

  • Rich Pirog and Judith Barry, Michigan State University

Evaluations and Networking                                                                                   4:00 – 4:15 PM

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