Sustainable Ag Focuses on Business Planning

Workshop to be held June 8 on ISU campus at Ames is aimed at farmers and others interested in sustainable agriculture. Compiled by staff

Published on: Jun 3, 2004

Business planning is important to sustainable agriculture, which involves the invention of improved approaches to farming. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension is announcing that the Sustainable Business Planning Workshop will be offered in Iowa to help those with new ideas to gather the tools to make their operation successful.

This train-the-trainer workshop is aimed at helping educators, producers, consultants and other agricultural professionals to learn how to train people in their own communities in business planning. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday June 8, in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University.

"This will put good practical ideas and skills into the hands of producers and groups of individuals across Iowa who want to diversify their operations and start small farm or rural-based businesses," said Jerry DeWitt, ISU Extension's sustainable ag coordinator.

Those attending receive an instructor's guide for business planning workshops and will learn how to use important business planning tools, such as the "Building a Sustainable Business" guidebook and business planning software.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. The program is funded by a SARE Professional Development grant. There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Registration information can be found at

For additional information, contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota at (612) 625-1964 or the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at (612) 325-8235.