Webinars

Operations Strategy

Original run date: January 30, 2017

Thanks to all those who participated in this webinar. A recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that it opens through our webinar platform Adobe Connect. See Tarrah's blog post about this topic here.

This webinar is designed to help you evaluate your options as you begin your business planning process so that you can make the best decisions moving forward. We will explore what makes a successful enterprise and consider key elements you will need to explore as you craft a financially viable and sustainable farm plan.

Topics explored include:

  • Key factors to consider when deciding what to produce
  • Ideas for building production knowledge and skills
  • Record keeping strategies when you are getting started
  • Building a realistic human resources strategy

 

Marketing Strategy

Original run date: February 13, 2017

Thanks to all those who participated in this webinar. A recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that it opens through our webinar platform Adobe Connect.

Production is only one aspect of farming. Once you have grown the food you need to be able to transport and sell it. This webinar will break down how to approach building a solid marketing strategy. The presentation is chock full of examples and stories of a variety of farmers who are using creative strategies to market their businesses.

Topics explored include:

  • Promotional strategies for when you are starting up
  • Getting those initial customers
  • Setting your price
  • Low-cost creative promotion ideas

This webinar series is brought to you by FarmStart.

Financial Management

Original run date: February 27, 2017

Thanks to all those who participated in this webinar. A recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that it opens through our webinar platform Adobe Connect.

This webinar is all about setting you up with the right framework to manage your finances. More importantly we want you understand how to determine whether you farm plans are actually feasible or not. We will give you a simple breakdown of the types of records you will need to keep, the budgets you will need to build, and how to use this information to make important management decisions.

Topics explored include:

  • Is your farm plan feasible?
  • Building your budgets (enterprise budgets, cash flow etc)
  • Overcoming cash flow shortfalls
  • Scalable enterprises
  • Purpose of keeping financial records

This webinar series is brought to you by FarmStart.

Loans and Financing

Original run date: March 13, 2017

Thanks to all those who participated in this webinar. A recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that it opens through our webinar platform Adobe Connect.  

Our final webinar in this series explores an important part of starting your farm business, loans and financing. We will give you an overview of the reality and challenges inherent with regards to purchasing farmland and starting a farm business. We will focus on the creative and innovative ways that many new farmers are trying in order to get their business off the ground. We won’t sugar coat this one because it is not going to be easy but we can definitely help steer you in the right direction.

Topics explored include:

  • Types of loan & types of lenders
  • What you will need to get a loan
  • Special challenges with buying farmland
  • Examples of options other than buying land

This webinar series is brought to you by FarmStart.