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Farm Credit of the Virginias

Class of 2020-2021

Ag Biz Planner Participant Portal

Access all your resources in one place!

Welcome class of 2020-2021!  

We are so excited to have you as part of this year's Ag Biz Planner cohort!  We commend you for taking the important step of enhancing your growth and knowledge to increase the success of your farm today and into the future!  We at the Knowledge Center are here to assist you every step of the way now and down the road.  

Please feel free to access this portal at your convenience. 

Class Resources

Ag Biz Planner Final Conference

To view the recorded final conference presentations with  Dr. Kohl and Dr. White, please use the following link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7983771

Conference Materials:

Management Mindset for the Decade of the 2020s - PPT

Business IQ - PPT

To view the recorded final conference follow-up from Jan. 13th, click here: https://vimeo.com/500046351

Business Planning Resources

Business Plan Template 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Business Plan Check Sheet

Daily Expense Tracker

FCU Farm Transition Planning Worksheets

FCU Farm Business Transition Workbook 

Life Insurance Goals

Monthly Budget-Blank

List of Books for Personal and Business Finance

Quick & Easy Financial Ratio Worksheet 

Resource Guide

Retirement Account Summary

Retirement Planning Worksheet-Blank

Useful Spreadsheets

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Curriculum Materials

Participant Information Booklet - PDF

Participant Workbook - PDF

Modules

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7 

Module 8

Module 9

Module 10

Beef Risk Management Series of Webinars

To view the series of Beef Risk Management Panel Discussions, please see below.  Use the down arrow to access the different session recordings.

 

Educational Webinars

 

 

QuickBooks Courses

Oklahoma State University – Instructor: http://agecon.okstate.edu/faculty/profile.asp?id=damona.doye&type=faculty and course link: https://osuokc.edu/tdc/quickbooks 
Penn State University – Instructor: https://extension.psu.edu/robert-c-goodling-jr and course link: https://extension.psu.edu/using-quickbooks-to-manage-your-farm-business

Ag Biz Planner Participant Highlights 2020-2021

Adam Lowe, Abingdon, VA
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Adam along with his dad operate Windy Hill Farm in Abingdon, VA where they raise commercial cow/calf pairs and background their feeder calves. Adam is excited to use the information he learns in the Ag Biz Planner to put together a business plan to expand his operation to include backgrounding steers and diversifying into sheep as well. He looks forward to the networking opportunities and learning as much about his operation as a business as he can.

Sawyer & Morgan Messer, Augusta Co., VA
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Sawyer and Morgan are both from generational farm families but started their own farming operation in early 2020. They purchased their own cow/calf pairs and are working to increase their herd, background their calves and have recently purchased a hair sheep flock. Not only are they excited about growing their own operation but are also passionate about community involvement and advocating for agriculture.  One of their main goals in the Ag Biz Planner program is to learn how to maximize their resources and to learn more about the business side of an industry they love. 

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Ryan & Kelsey Davidson, Washington Co., VA
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We are excited to welcome the husband and wife pair, Ryan and Kelsey Davidson to the 2020-2021 Ag Biz Planner Program.   Ryan, a first generation farmer, and Kelsey, fifth generation farmer, currently partner with Kelsey’s father to run MJC Farms. The family operation primarily focuses on cow/calf pairs and selling calves at weaning.   They are starting their own cattle herd that focuses on Angus and ChiAngus genetics and plan on adding a sheep flock in the future. They are both active in the community through a variety of agriculture organizations and are working to network with other producers.  Through the Ag Biz Planner program Ryan and Kelsey want to develop a business plan that will help them put their goals and aspirations on paper for their own operation.

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Hunter & Kristin Watkins, Louisa Co., VA
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We are excited to welcome the husband and wife pair, Ryan and Kelsey Davidson to the 2020-2021 Ag Biz Planner Program. Ryan, a first generation farmer, and Kelsey, fifth generation farmer, currently partner with Kelsey’s father to run MJC Farms. The family operation primarily focuses on cow/calf pairs and selling calves at weaning. With their 2 year old son, Wade, they are starting to break out with their own operation with their own cattle herd that focus on Angus and ChiAngus genetics. They want to take their 11 head cow/calf herd and focus them on a narrow breeding season to have a larger group of calves to market through value added marketing systems. They also plan on adding a sheep flock in the future to graze with their cattle. They are both active in the community through a variety of agriculture organizations and are working to network with other producers.  Through the Ag Biz Planner program Ryan and Kelsey want to develop a business plan that will help them put their goals and aspirations on paper for their own operation.

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Alex Miller, Orange Co., VA
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Alex owns and operates AJ Miller Farms LLC in Spotsylvania, VA. As a generational farmer in the dairy industry Alex decided to venture out on his own after college to begin his own small grain operation. He found his passion for grain farming after his father left the dairy industry and began working on a crop farm. Alex worked alongside his father and decided to farm on his own when the time came. He currently farms about 1,000 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans and milo in several different counties and bales straw as well. On top of operating a small grain business he hauls and spreads poultry litter. Alex’s main objective with the Ag Biz Planner program is to have a firm understanding of his expenses and income within each portion of his operation.

Jack & Christy Kerr, Augusta Co., VA.
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This husband-wife pair, along with their now 4 year old Annabelle operate Maple Rock Farms in Staunton, VA. While working in agriculture most of their lives they are first generation farmers who are passionate about raising a family on the farm.

Jack and Christy both have off the farm jobs but continue to work diligently to build their cow/calf herd and their poultry/egg business and diversifying their operation through several different opportunities. They are currently farming 30 acres that are a combination of owned and rented property are actively seeking additional property to add to their farm. Their dream is to purchase commercial poultry houses and to perhaps add an agritourism feature to their operation.

The couple decided to participate in the Ag Biz Planner program to be able to put their plans on paper, develop a clear plan to their goals and to develop a business plan to share with investors, business partners and lenders.

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Megan Conley, Rockingham Co., VA
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Megan, her parents and bothers own and operate their family operation in Fulks Run, VA. They are currently have heavy toms, cow calf pairs and a couple breeding does.

Megan is currently attending Blue Ridge Community College and majoring in Business. She was active in her FFA Chapter while attending Broadway High School and has continued that passion through college and is a member of the Collegiate FFA Chapter at Blue Ridge. After graduating she plans to return to her family operation but would like to have an enterprise of her own there.  While going through the Ag Biz Planner program Megan has done research on an Agri-tainment venue that she can develop and manage in the future. A location that would house an event center for parties, weddings and events that would be settled into a beautiful country backdrop. Also, Megan has explored expanding their cow/calf herd and utilizing current facilities to feed out some of their calves to sell locally.

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Michael & Kari Sponaugle, Highland Co., VA.
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The couple, along with their two sons Jasper, age 6, and Clu, age 4, run Church Hill Produce in Doe Hill, VA.   Church Hill Produce has been in operation for 9 production seasons and have had a variety of crops raised. Currently, they focus on a wholesale market and are raising 11 different crops to sell on 50 acres in Highland County, VA. They also do a small amount of retail sales locally at the Farmer’s Market in Highland County, which is where they got their start with their produce. Involved in the agriculture industry in a variety of other ways the couple wanted to how to manage their operation more efficiently, utilize their hired labor for maximum or production and to have a set of goals in mind and a plan to achieve them. The couple wanted to utilize the Ag Biz Planner program to think through they goals, refresh their memories on financial concepts and to develop a path for their future with Church Hill Produce.

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Program Contact:

Sarah Scyphers - Knowledge Center Program Specialist       

Mobile: 276.608.5775       

Email: SScyphers@FCVirginias.com

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