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A business plan is a road map for your agriculture operation.  Take the time to develop a plan for where you would like to take your business. From goal setting to taking action, business planning will get you there. Having a strong business plan may also assist you when applying for financing. Learn more about financing, here.

Before jumping in to planning, watch the following video for an overview of the different sections often found in a full and complete business plan.

Ready to start planning? View the template resource at the bottom of this page.

Need to take a step back?  No problem!  Start with our One Page Business Plan which will assist you in writing down an overview of your business and operation goals. This will help you by getting your thoughts down on paper. A completed One Page Business Plan can be viewed as an outline for a more complete and full business plan.


Not ready to tackle planning on your own? You're not alone. Business planning can feel overwhelming, that's why we offer two courses to help guide your work. Ag Biz Planner course participants will be given access to an agricultural business plan template.  

Take a Business Planning Course

To learn more or to sign up: Contact the Knowledge Center at


Ag Biz Basics

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Ag Biz Planner

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Basics and Planner - A Side-by-side Comparison

Start Planning! The internet is loaded with numerous plan templates. If you are looking for a template that is agriculture focused, editable and printable, try the AgPlan link below.  If you are still not sure which template you would like to use, reach out to your local Farm Credit of the Virginias loan officer or Knowledge Center team member.  We will help you find the plan template that best meets your needs and the needs of your operation.

Business Plan Template

AgPlan - Develop your own business plan. View sample business plans.

Get Connected in Virginia! Are you looking to connect with a farmer in the same agriculture sector?  Are you looking to purchase farmland?  Visit the VDACS farm link site today!

Virginia Farm Link

Want Business Planning Tips? Check out our new series of quick business planning tips (tips are under 2 minutes in length!) Check back as we add new tips monthly.