• Farm Viability provides farm owners with one-on-one planning services such as: Full Business Plans, Enterprise Analysis, Cash Flow Plans, and Transfer Plans.

  • In the Water Quality Business Analysis program farm owners can work one-on-one with a business educator to evaluate changes facing the farm including: Strategic Planning, Integrating Conservation and Business Planning, and Project Support.

  • Through the Maple Business Benchmark project maple business owners will work one on one with a farm business adviser to calculate their financial cost of production for the maple enterprise.

  • Forest Business program offers forest managers and forest products businesses with one-on-one planning for business analysis and sustainable forest management.


UVM Extension Agricultural Business engages with farm, forest and maple enterprises using planning and educational resources to promote a strong agricultural economy. Our experienced team delivers one-to-one, small group and online learning opportunities that enhance decision-making and viability. Our programs and research provide direction for key stakeholders to advance initiatives that improve business outcomes in a dynamic agricultural sector. View programs below for more information on registration and program details.

Farm Viability

Our Farm Viability program provides farm owners with business education resources, skills development, and one-on-one planning services. One-on-one business planning is available to develop a variety of plan models including a comprehensive business plan, a cash flow plan, an enterprise analysis plan, a transition plan, and/or a transfer plan. Our team also provides business sessions, which are short one-on-one meetings planned for a specific purpose, and a peer discussion group (PDF) for Vermont farmers. To read more, see our Farm Viability Program Information Sheet (PDF). To apply, complete the Viability Application Form (PDF) located on the VHCB website. Contact Betsy Miller with questions: Betsy.Miller@uvm.edu, 802-447-7582 ext. 252.

Water Quality Business Analysis

UVM Extension farm business educators are available to work with dairy and livestock farm owners to assess and plan for business changes to meet water quality goals. Farm owners can work one-on-one with a business educator to evaluate the feasibility and impact of changes facing the farm and business. Topics for business support include strategic planning for your farm, integrated conservation business planning and project support. For more information on this program, see our Water Quality Business Analysis Information Sheet [PDF] and Water Quality Business Analysis Best Practices for Project Planning [PDF]. Contact Tony Kitsos with questions – Tony.Kitsos@uvm.edu, 802-524-6501 ext. 440.

Read more about our Water Quality Business Analysis program.

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Forest Business

Our Forest Business program provides businesses in Vermont’s forest product sector with management resources, skills development, and one-on-one planning services. We aim to support the development of a sustainable forest economy in the Northeast by working with a diverse set of businesses including loggers, foresters, processors, mills, woodworkers, wood manufacturers and timber framers. We currently offer two core services: one-on-one, in-depth business planning assistance and business clinics, and additionally coordinate the Forest Business Roundtable (PDF) to foster skills and relationship building within the forest products community. For more information see our Forest Business Program Information Sheet (PDF) and Small Business Planning for Loggers (PDF). Contact Chris Lindgren with questions: Christopher.Lindgren@uvm.edu, 802-733-3349 ext. 247.

Maple Business

We have three major initiatives around maple production right now: the Maple Benchmark Program, Maple Business Education and Networking, and Maple Sap Business Promotion

Maple Benchmark: We are inviting syrup and sap only producers in NH, NY, Maine and Vermont to participate in the benchmark cost analysis program. Businesses that generate $100,000 or more in annual gross sales are eligible for this financial analysis and business coaching program. See the Maple Benchmark Program Information Sheet [PDF] and visit our Maple Benchmark and Maple Resources page for more information. 

Maple Business Education and Networking: UVM is inviting participants to benefit from a project that will develop maple business education resources, expand program offerings across the US, and enhance advisory services. Current or future educators, consultants and other professionals can participate in this effort to seek more training on the maple industry and make connections with similar professionals. See the Maple Business Network and Professional Development Program Information Sheet [PDF].

Maple Sap Business Promotion:  Interested in understanding the economic and environmental benefits of a maple sap enterprise? We are developing financial tools and technical guidance to help you make decisions about a sap only business venture. Benefits of a maple sap business include higher profitability and lower barriers to entry, and potential for economic incentives related to woodland management and forest carbon sequestration. Partnering with forest landowners, current or prospective sap and/or maple producers, we will evaluate carbon and economic assessment tools and develop business opportunities. See the Maple Sap Business Promotion Program Information & Resource Sheet .

For questions about Maple Benchmark or Maple Business Education and Networking programs, contact Mark Cannella - Mark.Cannella@uvm.edu, 802-476-2003. For questions about Maple Sap Business Promotion, contact Chris Lindgren - Christopher.Lindgren@uvm.edu, 802-733-3349 ex 247.

More resources at MapleManager.org

Northeast Direct Vegetable Benchmark

UVM Extension has partnered with the University of New Hampshire Extension and four additional Northeast states to pilot a new financial benchmarking program for produce farm owners that direct market their crops. The project provides financial statement preparation and financial analysis assistance to eligible farm owners. For more information see the Northeast Direct Vegetable Benchmark Program Information Sheet (PDF).

For questions with this program, contact Mark Cannella - Mark.Cannella@uvm.edu, 802-476-2003

Contact Us

UVM Extension Farm Viability works with farmers all over Vermont. Our team brings decades of experience in farm business planning. See Our Team page for more information.

For general inquiries, contact Christi Sherlock, the Administrative Assitant for the Berlin office and she will direct you - 1-802-476-2003.