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
The Cultivate Michigan campaign is helping to raise awareness and increase institutional purchasing of local products one featured food at a time.
Posted on July 2, 2015 10:40am by Garrett Ziegler
Did you miss the recent market update? Here are some resources to stay connected.
Posted on July 1, 2015 4:29pm by Dennis Stein
Researchers at Michigan State University have successfully developed a long day lighting system for Michigan dairy farms.
Posted on June 30, 2015 3:20pm by M. Charles Gould
Biomass heating system heats buildings and water for Michigan dairy farm.
Posted on June 29, 2015 12:38pm by M. Charles Gould
Participants in the “What’s New with Poo” bus tour will visit four farms implementing cutting-edge technologies and utilizing unique conservations practices.
Posted on June 29, 2015 9:10am by Gerald May
Free greenhouse cost of production spreadsheets will help growers estimate production costs and explore opportunities for cost savings.
Posted on June 23, 2015 4:24pm by Tom Dudek
Depending on the wildlife species and type of control to be implemented, a permit from state or federal wildlife management agencies may be required.
Posted on June 18, 2015 9:26am by Erin Lizotte
AgrAbility is here to help farmers in need along with the educators who work closely with these farmers.
Posted on June 17, 2015 11:10am by Beverly Berens
Pasture walks are a great way to learn and share knowledge. MSU Extension will host a pasture walk in Mio on June 22.
Posted on June 12, 2015 10:46am by Phil Durst
Considering expanding your markets? Read on to learn about the benefits of selling to institutions and some resources to help you get started.
Posted on June 11, 2015 8:58am by Kaitlin Koch