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
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
The 2014 farm bill contains new farm programs that will require complex decisions by farmers. There are actions that should be taken now to prepare for the decisions that must be made during the coming months.
Posted on September 15, 2014 1:43pm by David Schweikhardt
Production recordkeeping is an important task for any vegetable or crop farm, whether small, medium or large in size.
Posted on September 11, 2014 2:40pm by Hal Hudson
Current grain and dairy commodity markets updates are now available online.
Posted on September 3, 2014 5:20pm by Dennis Stein
Manure application equipment setup to sidedress standing crops allowed these farmers to plant crops then spread manure.
Posted on September 2, 2014 12:16pm by Jerry May
High efficiency heaters and energy curtains could reduce energy usage and increase the environmentally friendliness of your business.
Posted on September 2, 2014 11:42am by Heidi Wollaeger
Low cost land and a laidback lifestyle may seem appealing, but the basics of successful farming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the same as everywhere else: careful planning, efficient use of resources, adaptability, commitment and good luck.
Posted on August 28, 2014 1:20pm by Jim Isleib
With the amount of produce food safety paperwork generated by growers, it is easy to forget how long to keep something. Growers should know the standard minimum length to keep food safety records based on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Posted on August 27, 2014 2:35pm by Phil Tocco
Southwest Michigan Hispanic Grower Cooperation improving profitability through farmer educational knowledge
Posted on August 27, 2014 10:30am by Mark Thomas