The Mid-Columbia Ag Enterprise Investigation Series addressed the need for landowners to gather information to make informed decisions regarding new or expanded farm enterprises. Using tested curricula and techniques as well as innovative approaches, this 12-week educational series led participants through a decision-making process highlighting the value of education and research as risk management tools when selecting a new enterprise. Emphasis on pre-planning and investigation of markets, business plans, financial analyses, production costs, regulations, risk management and resources increased the likelihood of new enterprise success and sustainability. Participants gained skills and knowledge regarding agency programs and services, local resources, marketing options and networking contacts. Program materials were archived on a project web site; a blog encouraged ongoing communication and sharing by participants. This program increasde the likelihood of farm profitability and decreased risk of new farm enterprise failure through extensive pre-enterprise research and education.
Number of Participants: 156
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