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Conference Name Risk-Assessed Business Planning for Small Producers Curriculum Manual

Marion Simon


The 1890 Extension Task Force for Small Farms, specifically the task force members Marion Simon, Daniel Lyons, and Nelson Daniels, working with the USDA-CSREES National Program Leader for Farm Business Management, the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center, and Texas Cooperative Extension, developed a risk management business planning curriculum for small producers. This comprehensive manual focuses on strategic planning and farm records. The manual includes: educational materials for limited-resource and low literacy farmers, lesson plans for Extension and others to use in teaching the curriculum, color-coded transaction logs for the financial analysis, case studies to demonstrate the materials, and pre-made overheads for powerpoints and teaching materials. This breakout session will provide an overview of the total curriculum and a brief training session on the materials, particularly emphasizing the strategic planning and financial transactions sections.