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
The final installment in the six part series of Certified Farm Animal Welfare Audits looks at the follow-up corrective actions that need to take place after the audit in order for your farm to achieve certification.
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:52pm by Tina Conklin
Certified Farm Animal Welfare Audit day has arrived on your farm. Part five in this six part series is meant to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare yourself and your employees.
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:50pm by Tina Conklin
Part 4 in preparing for a certified animal welfare audit on your farm looks at review of the audit and preparation of your farm for audit day
Posted on July 28, 2014 1:40pm by Tina Conklin
Farm drainage has been increasing land productivity since its introduction during the colonial times in the United States. However, there is concern today more than ever about proper management to protect surface water quality.
Posted on July 25, 2014 11:59am by Marilyn Thelen
Farmers, researchers and crop advisors from across the Midwest will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Resilient Ag Conference, August 5-7.
Posted on July 25, 2014 9:29am by Marilyn Thelen
The tour will help Michigan farmers understand the economic benefits of a hybrid bioenergy production system and energy conservation practices.
Posted on July 10, 2014 2:57pm by Charles Gould
This Aug. 29 program will focus on the agronomics of bioenergy and traditional cropping systems. Learn how to get started with bioenergy crops or evaluate what you have.
Posted on July 10, 2014 8:52am by Dennis Pennington
In the case of a manure spill, livestock producers should have a spill kit prepared.
Posted on July 7, 2014 11:33am by Shelby Bollwahn
The ditches and streams on your farmland will fall under new standards if regulations become the law of the land.
Posted on July 3, 2014 2:51pm by Dennis Stein
Good grazing management and utilization of low cost amendments can result in economical forage and improved bottom line.
Posted on June 24, 2014 12:28pm by Jim Isleib