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
Everyone knows good communication is important in relationships and business, but throw succession planning into the mix and you’ll discover just how important it is.
Posted on November 19, 2014 5:13pm by Stan Moore
The Upper Peninsula Farm Incubator is now accepting applications for their Apprentice Farmer Program.
Posted on November 13, 2014 5:47pm by Ashley McFarland
Whether you are for or against regulation, deer baiting has consequences for Michigan agriculture.
Posted on November 12, 2014 11:37am by James DeDecker
An increasingly popular method to determine the health of soil examines the CO2 respired by microorganisms in the ground. The Solvita® test is a cost effective method to better understand the level of life and activity in the field.
Posted on November 12, 2014 10:57am by Ashley McFarland
You may have experience with two and four footed livestock but how about livestock with six or no legs?
Posted on November 11, 2014 5:29pm by Matt Grieshop
Is injury, illness or arthritis impacting your farming or ranching?
Posted on October 30, 2014 10:00am by Steve Lovejoy
Landowner survey determines impacts of oil and gas leasing negotiation efforts Part 2: Lease royalty
Results of a survey sent by Michigan State University Extension in 2013 to 130 landowners in 19 Michigan counties determines their activities in oil and gas leasing negotiation regarding the lease royalty.
Posted on October 23, 2014 11:43am by Curtis Talley Jr.
A commodity market update is set for Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Farm producers can take part in person or online.
Posted on October 16, 2014 4:05pm by Dennis Stein
Results of a survey sent to 130 landowners in 19 Michigan counties determines their activities in oil and gas leasing and their sources of assistance information.
Posted on October 10, 2014 3:57pm by Curtis Talley Jr.
2014 Farm Bill safety net programs have several compliance dates now being announced by the USDA FSA that farm landowners and tenant operators need to know.
Posted on October 10, 2014 1:53pm by Dennis Stein