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
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
New topics of interest to beginning farmers and experienced farmers considering new enterprises will be offered in 2015. Recordings of past topics are now available.
Posted on October 7, 2014 4:21pm by Jim Isleib
Innovative interseeding equipment allows cover crop establishment prior to fall harvest.
Posted on October 3, 2014 8:41am by James DeDecker
Increased interest in tile drainage in agricultural fields raises tax questions.
Posted on October 2, 2014 3:22pm by Dennis Pennington
Forum on the EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. to be held in Osceola County.
Posted on October 2, 2014 3:12pm by Jerry Lindquist
The September 2014 issue of the Landowner Oil and Gas newsletter features development Q&A, information on pipeline rights of ways and a leasing activity update.
Posted on September 23, 2014 2:02pm by Curtis Talley Jr.
There are many new provisions in the 2014 farm bill that landlords should be familiar with.
Posted on September 19, 2014 2:57pm by David Schweikhardt
Farms that have seen good commodity prices and profits along with Dairy and Beef prices at all-time highs are vulnerable for some real tax issues in 2014.
Posted on September 18, 2014 8:31am by Dennis Stein