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.
FIRM TEAM NEWSLETTER(s) - Michigan State University Extension provides farmers with information by working with other sources around the country to provide farmers with the latest information as it becomes available. As new information becomes available MSU Extension will inform and update farmers through this site, email newsletters (Please sign-up for our Ag Policy and Farm Management Newsletters) and informational events hosted throughout the state of Michigan.
MSUE Farm Management News
Evaluation of 2014 MSU Extension’s Beginning Farmer Webinar Series shows positive results.
Posted on January 23, 2015 1:47pm by Jim Isleib
Have you ever heard of the old adage to “work smarter, not harder?” Use your smartphone to do just that!
Posted on January 20, 2015 3:21pm by Kristin Getter
Sheep and goats are ideal livestock for small farms in Michigan. People interested in starting or expanding a small farm to produce any or all of the major sheep and goat products (fiber, meat, or milk), should attend this special day-long event.
Posted on January 14, 2015 1:35pm by Mike Metzger
Educational workshops are available to commercial producers wanting more information on the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), such as eligible producers and crops, coverage levels, and service fees and premiums.
Posted on January 14, 2015 11:10am by Curtis Talley
Free webinars on field crop production and pest management in 2015 will offer participants condensed highlights from winter MSU Extension programs.
Posted on January 7, 2015 10:50am by James DeDecker
Michigan State University Extension will host Ag Action Day 2015, an agriculture and home horticulture networking and educational event, Jan. 30, in Oshtemo Township, Michigan.
Posted on December 30, 2014 2:06pm by Brad Baughman
Finding outside investors or going out of business can give you a clean break.
Posted on December 24, 2014 10:32am by Mark Hitchcock
Creating a succession plan will help to keep your business running on track.
Posted on December 24, 2014 10:25am by Mark Hitchcock
The MSU Farm Bill Analyzer helps farmers calculate Farm Bill decisions.
Posted on December 22, 2014 6:25pm by Jim Hilker
The 2015 Tree Fruit IPM School will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 18-20, 2015. Register before Jan. 14 to receive an early bird discounted rate!
Posted on December 16, 2014 3:35pm by Julianna Wilson