University of Vermont

The Women's Agricultural Network

Classes: Taking Stock

For people with 5 or more years of experience operating a farm business

What Taking Stock Graduates Say:

"It forced me to really slow down and look into the different parts of my business as they had developed over the years and begin to evaluate how they contributed to the overall picture."

"It helped me break things down . . . into goals, tasks to meet those goals, and ways to measure success -- that I would never take the time to do on my own. I have found that every time I have done that . . . we have met those goals."

Upcoming sessions:
To be announced

Cost: $100-$135
For more information: Jessie Schmidt.

Once a farm business is established, new challenges arise. Chances are your original plan has required some adjustments along the way. Farm businesses must adjust to shifts in the market place, and to changes in the personal lives of the owners. The birth of a child, death of a loved one, the need to relocate and change business relationships are just some of the reasons to reexamine how we manage our businesses and plan for the future.

Taking Stock leads participants through a progress check, allowing each individual to assess how the farm is supporting his or her personal, financial and business goals.

Topics include:

  • re-visioning, updating the plan & setting new goals;
  • instituting policies & procedures;
  • cash management & investing in the business;
  • refining owner/manager roles; and
  • supervising employees.

Participants are expected to select a project that will help them achieve a goal within their business to work on during the course.

Classes will be held on farms and each class will include a farm tour.

Scholarship and Financial Aid information: Financial aid is available for eligible individuals. At the end of the registration form, you can make a request for financial aid.

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