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
A brief summary of articles from the March 2015 newsletter.
Posted on August 4, 2015 8:46am by Curtis Talley Jr.
Have you made it to a Breakfast on the Farm this summer? Your last chance is Aug. 29!
Posted on August 4, 2015 8:10am by Nichole Hersch
Teamwork plays a big part in your farms success.
Posted on August 3, 2015 1:49pm by Phil Durst
Participants in the “What’s New with Poo” bus tour will join keynote speaker, Amber Radatz from Wisconsin Discovery Farms, for lunch and discussions on manure management considerations.
Posted on July 30, 2015 8:45am by Shelby Burlew
Despite widespread conflict in the Middle East, world supplies and prices of crude oil are stable.
Posted on July 27, 2015 2:39pm by Curtis Talley Jr.
Come join the family behind your food at Wheeler Dairy for a free educational event and breakfast.
Posted on July 21, 2015 11:32am by Nichole Hersch
A new conservation program helps farmers retain crop nutrients. The 2015 deadline to apply is July 24.
Posted on July 19, 2015 6:39pm by Monica Day
Webinar to address why rural youth may be even more susceptible to osteoarthritis than youth athletes.
Posted on July 8, 2015 12:42pm by Bev Berens
New off-campus certificate programs and additional community college partners will increase access to Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology classes.
Posted on July 8, 2015 9:53am by Joanne Davidhizar
Interested in seeing where your food comes from? Visit Hood Farms Family Dairy on August 8 to learn more.
Posted on July 8, 2015 8:06am by Nichole Hersch