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Congratulations, Graduates!

Young, Beginning, Small & Veteran Farmers

Countless hours. Dozens of pages and multiple versions of a business plan. 10 Modules. 5 Months. 2 days. 1 major accomplishment.

These sum up the activities of our most recent Ag Biz Planner Program graduates in a nutshell, but do not touch the actual value and accomplishments of this program.

This year’s Ag Biz Planner class officially graduated last week when they travelled to Raleigh, N.C. to meet and visit with other Ag Biz Planner participants from several other Farm Credit Associations.  In addition to the official graduation ceremony, participants had an opportunity to hear from some dynamic speakers including our own Sarah Scyphers, Dr. Alex White and Dr. Dave Kohl.  Topics included business networking, transition planning, personal finance, agriculture economics, and more – and the participants were able to put these lessons and skills to work as they interacted with other graduates from across Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  This year’s class from the different Farm Credit Associations showcased the incredibly diversity in agriculture – there were breweries, vegetable farms, grain producers, beef cattle operations and others represented.

This graduation was the final step in an intense five-month journey for these participants – they started this course at the end of August and have been working through 10 online modules, quizzes, class exercises and more ever since.  As they worked through the course they also developed a business plan for their agriculture operation, and had the opportunity to share their business plan with Dr. Kohl and Dr. White for feedback.

Congratulations to this year’s class! We look forward to seeing how their operations continue to develop.  If you are interested in participating in the Ag Biz Planner course, or know someone who is, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Scyphers at  Applications will go out in May and are generally due early July.

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