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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

Learn about ag planning, how to write a business plan, and more about your agribusiness

Ag Biz Basics is open to registration year-round.

Ag Biz Planner is an annual program with an application and acceptance process. 

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 veteran 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, SScyphers@FCVirginias.com.

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.
  • Application period is now closed.  Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort will be available, June 2022.
  • The program begins in August each year and wraps up the following January.
  • Download program flyer, here.

If you have any questions please reach out to Sarah Scyphers, SScyphers@FCVirginias.com.

Ag Biz Planner Participant Highlights - Class of 2020-2021 Videos, Click Here.

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