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
MSU Extension’s 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is getting good participation from Michigan, several other states, Ontario and even Australia.
Posted on March 5, 2014 5:44pm by Jim Isleib
Three upcoming Agriculture Labor and Farm Safety Meetings will be held in Bad Axe, Shepherd and Cadillac.
Posted on February 28, 2014 2:13pm by Stan Moore
The new Farm Bill increases funding for energy conservation practice implementation. Complementary funding can be obtained through utility rebates and technical assistance programs.
Posted on February 28, 2014 1:36pm by Charles Gould
Due to the cold harsh winter and recent heavy rains and snow melt, livestock producers should keep a close watch on manure storage structures and pumping equipment.
Posted on February 27, 2014 5:26pm by Shelby Bollwahn
To start a CSA it is important that the business side be “buttoned-down” before planting begins to ensure both a sustainable business venture and a sustainable farm venture.
Posted on February 24, 2014 11:25am by Beth Clawson