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Ag Planning

Farming takes planning. That's why we provide ag planning resources, workshops and programs to help you take your operation to the next level of success.

Knowledge Center Workshops & Programs


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Ag Biz Basics and Ag Biz Planner

Are you interested in starting an agri-business or growing your current business?  We offer two e-learning courses to help you.

Both are taught by Dr. Dave Kohl and are designed for young, beginning, small and minority farmers or ranchers.  Want to know more about Ag Biz Basics and Ag Biz Planner and which one may be right for you?

Ag Biz Basics
  • Available year-round.
  • A flexible program for new, expanding or transitioning agricultural businesses.
  • An online tool to help you balance the passion of farming with the economic and financial side to help you work with your lender and be successful in your business.
  • A hands-on program that helps you to establish written goals and get your financial business documentation, cash flow statements, balance sheets and cash income statements, in order.
  • Click here to learn more about this program!

If you have any questions please reach out to Sarah Scyphers,

Ag Biz Planner 
  • Annual program with an application and acceptance process.
  • Taught by Farm Credit University but administered by the Knowledge Center.
  • Participants must be young, beginning, small or veteran farmers, looking to expand, add or explore their agriculture business or adding an enterprise.
  • Applications accepted May-June each year. When available, application link will be available here.
  • The program begins at the end of August each year.
  • Download program flyer, here.

If you have any questions please reach out to Sarah Scyphers,

Ag Biz Planner Participant Highlights

Class of 2020-2021

Adam Lowe - Windy Hill Farm - Abingdon, VA

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Ag Biz Planner program Adam Lowe!

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.

Adam and his classmates kicked off the Ag Biz Planner Program in August of this year and they are busy working through modules, trainings and drafting a business plan.

A program mentor said, “Adam is a very intelligent, driven, and well-rounded young man. He is open to new ideas and always does his research using resources available to him before making major decisions that could affect his operations. He is dedicated to the growth and expansion of his own operation, as well as the operation he currently partners with his father on. His primary focus in participating in the AgBiz program is to gain a better financial understanding of his current operation and explore opportunities available to him in the current market for expansion, risk management, and diversification going forward. I have no doubt Adam will make the best choices possible, and grow his operations to be even more successful than they have been historically over time. He has a passion and drive for agriculture that is bound for success.”

We’re glad to have you in the 2020-2021 Ag Biz Planner Program, Adam, and wish you the best of luck as you go through the online modules and develop your business plan.

Business Planning Resources

Starting a new operation or expanding an existing one? Creating a business plan is important to your success. Here are some resources to get you started.

Business Planning Resources

Farm Transition/Succession Planning

Transferring your farm soon? It's a family-centered process that requires a lot of forethought. Here are some things you should consider.

Farm Transition Planning Resources

Planning to Borrow?

You may have reached a point in your operation where you need some financial support in the form of a loan. Before you go to the bank, gather information that will show your lender that you're creditworthy and a good borrowing candidate.

Loan Application Process-Simplified

Agricultural Lending Basics-Resource Guide

Planning to Borrow Guide Sheet