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
Upcoming Agriculture Labor and Farm Safety Meetings will be held in Bad Axe and Shepherd, Michigan.
Posted on February 16, 2015 10:42pm by Stan Moore
Growers and processors interested in expanding their markets can connect with retail and institutional buyers at this annual event.
Posted on February 10, 2015 2:17pm by Rob Sirrine
The 2015 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference on March 12 will discuss how using forages can build soil health.
Posted on February 10, 2015 10:29am by Phil Kaatz
Commodity markets have adjusted over the last 12 months, have you? Here are 10 strategies for long-term success on your farm.
Posted on February 9, 2015 3:51pm by Dennis Pennington
Is your greenhouse utility bill getting you down? Consider an energy audit to evaluate potential energy savings.
Posted on February 9, 2015 2:10pm by Kristin Getter
Providing nutrients to crops is essential to farming practices, but is there a way to control water run off with better on-farm management tools?
Posted on February 3, 2015 3:42pm by Tim Harrigan
Farmers across Michigan were asked why do you farm?
Posted on February 3, 2015 3:28pm by Mary Dunckel
The old CAT Alert system is still in place, but its name has changed to Michigan State University Extension News.
Posted on January 28, 2015 10:31am by Ben Phillips
New land values and rental information now available for Michigan.
Posted on January 27, 2015 4:24pm by Dennis Stein
Evaluation of 2014 MSU Extension’s Beginning Farmer Webinar Series shows positive results.
Posted on January 23, 2015 1:47pm by Jim Isleib