Agricultural Business Management

Farm Business Management

Crop insurance protects producers against crop losses from natural causes.

This course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

Key to running a successful farm business is the ability to manage scarce financial resources and plan farm production accordingly.

The wait-and-see approach to farm succession planning can exact a high price, especially for family owned farms.

Agricultural marketing needs are diverse and complex and include decisions ranging from moving into direct-to-consumer sales, to social media strategies, to understanding commodity markets.

Penn State Extension's Urban Homesteading Series is designed for creative do-it-yourselfers with an interest in sustainable food and living adventures.

An on demand course that teaches agricultural accounting principles within QuickBooks software. Plus the option of a supplemental online instructor help series.

While a written business plan does not guarantee success, it provides a direction for the future of a business, and ninety percent of agricultural lenders require a written business plan.


Two-day bus tour of several premier farm markets and agri-tourism enterprises in a region provides an extended experience in direct marketing education.

Education focuses on enhancing the marketing skills and practices of established and novice direct-to-consumer farmer marketers to help them overcome obstacles and achieve success.

This day-long course is designed for retail farm and farmers' market employees, and provides basic knowledge in the science of produce and the art of produce marketing.

Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, foursquare, and others are finding their way into the marketing plans of farm and food businesses.

While a social media presence is almost expected of businesses, many owners struggle with how to use the various social networking sites to connect with audiences.