FIRM MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission is to assist farmers, agriculturally‑related businesses, industries, families, and individuals improve their lives and achieve their goals through an educational process that applies management, production and economic knowledge to critical issues, needs, and opportunities.
We strive to integrate management skills and principals into the daily operations of farms and firms along with the programs provided by MSU Extension. To be an important part and a valued information resource providing tools vital to the continued growth of Michigan Agriculture as a leading industry in the state.
FARM & BUSINESS TRANSITION/SUCCESSION PLANNING
SUPPLYING BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION – The FIRM team conducts several educational programs related to business management. One such program is the TelFarm project. This computer-based accounting system is specifically designed for farming operations, making it possible for farm managers to closely monitor the financial progress of their business. The FIRM team uses this system to teach producers and others good financial management concepts. Data from this system becomes a major component used in preparing the Michigan type of farming economic & benchmarking summaries. Other business & risk management educational programs are conducted in the area of marketing, human resource management, investment analysis, energy, tax planning, and business structure.
MSUE Farm Management News
Using best management practices can help protect the environment. These practices can also improve the health and well-being of your animals and increase your farm’s profit.
Posted on August 19, 2014 10:50am by Shelby Bollwahn
Irrigation water costs and availability in Michigan are considerably different than California in 2014.
Posted on August 15, 2014 11:35am by Curtis Talley Jr.
An online Commodity Market Update for grains and dairy will be available to the public Monday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. - noon.
Posted on August 13, 2014 3:48pm by Dennis Stein
Oil and gas drilling and production was lower during the first part of 2014, and very significantly less than in the early 2000s before the recession.
Posted on August 8, 2014 10:25am by Dean Solomon
The MSU nutrient management plot tour on Sept. 10 will highlight applied field research to improve plant and soil health and fertilizer practices.
Posted on August 8, 2014 8:56am by George Silva
As energy infrastructure for our state and nation improve and grow, a landowner may be approached to allow the construction of a pipeline across their property.
Posted on August 1, 2014 6:38pm by Curtis Talley Jr.
New farm bill creates new forms for landlords to sign to keep their farms enrolled in USDA programs; be sure to keep copies.
Posted on July 30, 2014 8:21am by Dennis Stein
The final installment in the six part series of Certified Farm Animal Welfare Audits looks at the follow-up corrective actions that need to take place after the audit in order for your farm to achieve certification.
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:52pm by Tina Conklin
Certified Farm Animal Welfare Audit day has arrived on your farm. Part five in this six part series is meant to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare yourself and your employees.
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:50pm by Tina Conklin
Part 4 in preparing for a certified animal welfare audit on your farm looks at review of the audit and preparation of your farm for audit day
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:40pm by Tina Conklin