2020 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE AND PRESENTERS
Workshops will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Missoula County Extension Office
Workshops will be held in multiple communities simultaneously. All locations will receive the same high-quality content delivered via Adobe Connect broadcast and each class will feature in-person insight from local farmers, ranchers and service providers.
Topics: Walks through the process of identifying goals and values for your operation, drafting a mission statement and using your values and goals to make decisions.
Presenter: Kaley Hensel will present this introductory session, focusing on issues of importance in your local community.
Topics: Identify your target customer, conduct a market research trial, compare and evaluate market channels, and identify and evaluate your competition.
Presenter: Dave Renn, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager at the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition has worked in a variety of production systems and markets, selling through market stands, CSA, wholesale, and market-testing niche food products.
Topics: Think about what makes your product unique, develop marketing messages that set you apart from your competition and develop a marketing plan.
Topics: Develop an effective record-keeping system and learn how to estimate income and expenses. Learn how to prepare and use balance sheets, income and expense statements, and cash flows. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on income statements, balance sheets, cash flow budgets, and how to maintain and utilize these systems.
Topics: Learn to evaluate the overall financial health of your farm or ranch and learn when and how to use partial-budgeting, break-even, and ROI to enhance decision-making. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on using your financials to make financial and production decisions as well as how to describe your business goals, changes required to attain those goals, and how those changes will occur using present and projected budgets.
Presenter: Allison Dembek, Tucker Family Farm Operations Manager and Head Cheesemaker, worked in strategic corporate finance for eight years where she assessed the performance of companies based on the health of their financials, then worked with the business units to make changes to reach their financial targets. One of her favorite things in life is designing realistic and simplistic budgets to drive informed decision making. Since 2015, she has been adapting those same skills to be useful for a start-up farmstead sheep creamery, Tucker Family Farm, where she is the Operations Manager and Head Cheesemaker.
Topics: Learn about the different types of financing that are available and the best time to access them over the establishment and growth of your business. Understand credit scores, how to improve them, and how to prepare for a meeting with a lender.
Last Year’s Presenter: TBD
Topics: Identify the risks and liabilities in your operation and make a plan to mitigate them and be prepared if something goes wrong.
Last Year’s Presenter:Eric Belasco is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. His research interests include Agricultural Marketing and Risk Management. He will talk about business risk that impacts farmers and ranchers and share his research on the value of USDA-RMA Whole Farm Revenue Protection for small farms.