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
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
The MSU Nutrient Management Plot Tour on Sept. 10 will highlight applied agronomic research designed to address issues facing the Michigan field crops industry, including price volatility, climate change, soil health and environmental sustainability.
Posted on August 27, 2014 9:17am by George Silva
The capability to store manure reduces, or eliminates, the need to spread manure on a daily basis. Manure storage facilities allow small farms to store the manure until it can be removed and utilized at a later time.
Posted on August 25, 2014 9:26am by Shelby Bollwahn
Improvements in sugarbeet production include improved genetics, fine-tuned fertilizer applications, reduced tillage and disease management.
Posted on August 21, 2014 10:37am by Steven Poindexter
Using best management practices can help protect the environment. These practices can also improve the health and well-being of your animals and increase your farm’s profit.
Posted on August 19, 2014 10:49am by Shelby Bollwahn
Irrigation water costs and availability in Michigan are considerably different than California in 2014.
Posted on August 15, 2014 11:35am by Curtis Talley Jr.
An online Commodity Market Update for grains and dairy will be available to the public Monday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. - noon.
Posted on August 13, 2014 3:48pm by Dennis Stein
Oil and gas drilling and production was lower during the first part of 2014, and very significantly less than in the early 2000s before the recession.
Posted on August 8, 2014 10:25am by Dean Solomon