Farm Information Resource Management (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 Information Resource Management (FIRM) “Flagship” Programs
A major effort of the MSUE FIRM Team is Farm Business Succession Transition and Estate Planning. The Team provides a varitey of programs each year in single day programs, multi-day program events, and one-on-one farm/business consultations. Contact your local Farm Management Educator for further information. For further information and materials please visit the FIRM Farm Business Succession, Estate Planning and Business Structures webpage.
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
Lease negotiation is one tool to reduce the likelihood of not paying the landowner when an oil and gas well may be present.
Posted on May 21, 2015 11:12am by Curtis Talley Jr.
2015 farm machine work rates for Michigan summary is now available.
Posted on May 21, 2015 10:59am by Dennis Stein
Affected Landowners and Mineral Owners that have not yet come forward have 120 days to file a claim
Posted on May 15, 2015 5:19pm by Curtis Talley
Motorists and farmers can use these practical recommendations to avoid traffic collisions involving farm equipment.
Posted on May 13, 2015 12:05pm by Mike Staton
Maintaining a steady flow of applicants is helpful when a position suddenly needs to be filled.
Posted on May 8, 2015 4:20pm by Faith Cullens
Bioreactors and controlled drainage expand options for feeding our crops and protecting our water.
Posted on May 7, 2015 8:13am by Tim Harrigan
USDA-NRCS and MSU Extension demonstrate the functionality of tall, warm-season grasses as vegetative buffers when planted next to livestock facilities.
Posted on May 5, 2015 8:58am by Gerald May
Recommendations for soybean producers on reacting to low commodity prices by reducing production costs without affecting yields.
Posted on April 29, 2015 2:38pm by Mike Staton
Part four in a four part series on land rent.
Posted on April 28, 2015 2:48pm by Dennis Pennington
Feeding high corn silage diets presents opportunities and challenges for dairy producers.
Posted on April 28, 2015 2:41pm by Stan Moore