Clark County Extension course offers business planning support to small farms

Registration deadline is Jan. 11

WSU Clark County Extension will offer a 10-week course, Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, designed to help entrepreneurs develop a workable business plan to guide the success and sustainability of their agricultural enterprise.

“A business plan is like a road map that can guide farmers to be successful and sustainable,” said Doug Stienbarger, WSU Clark County Extension director.

The course will meet Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., from Jan. 13 to March 16. It is designed to help beginning and existing farmers and value-added producers gain skills in business planning and important aspects of operating a sustainable business.

Special emphasis is placed on direct marketing, record keeping, and financial and legal issues unique to agricultural businesses. Instructors include farm marketing specialists, accountants, attorneys, agricultural professionals, and local farmers sharing their farming and marketing experience.

“People looking to expand or start an ag-related business will really benefit from the advice, insights, and experiences shared by knowledgeable instructors and local guest farmers throughout the course,” said Eric Lambert, Small Acreage Program coordinator.

Registration is $100 per farm or family and class size is limited to the first 30 participants. To register by the Jan. 11 deadline, contact Lambert at eric.lambert@wsu.edu, or 397-6060, Ext. 5729, or visit the WSU Clark County Extension events calendar at ext100.wsu.edu/clark/calendar/.

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