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Boost Your Farm Business Skills

Join a cohort of intermediate-beginning farmers (2-6 years of farming experience) for a weekend retreat focused on farm financial wellness and business management. This training is offered by Marbleseed with regional partners in different states each year.

Boost your farm business skills at New Farmer U !

April 28-29, 2023 in Rosholt, WI!

We had a blast at New Farmer U in Rosholt, WI!

Hosted in partnership with Wisconsin Farmers Union.

New Farmer U Schedule:

Friday, April 28 : Optional full-day Fearless Farm Finances Course
Friday evening : Farmer networking event
Saturday, April 29 : Four 90-minute workshop sessions focused on farm business management

New Farmer U Agenda:

Friday April 28 :
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fearless Farm Finances Presenters: Paul Dietmann and Andy Larson
6 p.m. Supper and bonfire

Saturday April 29 :
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m. Finance Your Farm Creatively: Presenters: Andy Larson & WI FSA
10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Make Farm Records Work For You: Starting Small for Meaningful Data Presenter: Kat Becker
12-1 p.m. lunch
1-2:30 p.m. How to Tell Your Farm’s Story Presenters: Kriss Marion and Danielle Endvick
3-4:30 p.m. Establishing Legal Resilience Presenter: Rachel Armstrong (virtual)

Workshop Titles and Presenters

Optional full-day workshop : Fearless Farm Finances

Join our popular workshop based on the book Fearless Farm Finances published by Marbleseed, with author Paul Dietmann of Compeer Financial and Andy Larson from Farm Finance Institute.
Includes a copy of the book!

Learn basic farm financial management, including how to:

  1. Complete your Schedule
  2. Draft a balance sheet
  3. Create enterprise budgets
  4. Analyze your profits

Finance Your Farm Creatively
Presenters: Andy Larson from Farm Finance Institute and WI Farm Services Agency

Make Farm Records Work For You: Starting Small for Meaningful Data
Presenter: Kat Becker from Cattail Organics
Farm records can feel overwhelming even but hear how starting small can have big impacts on your farm from financials to field records.

How to Tell Your Farm’s Story
Presenters: Kriss Marion and Danielle Endvick from Wisconsin Farmers Union
If you have a farm, you have a story. If you’re willing to tell it, warts and all, and keep telling it, there’s a good chance you can use it to market your unique farm business. In this short session, we’ll explore some techniques and crowdsource some tips for successfully, and authentically, growing your network through sharing your experience your way. Bring a notebook and a phone, and we’ll work together to help you build a brand, find an audience, and make relationships that last.

Establishing Legal Resilience
Presenter: Rachel Armstrong from Farm Commons
Together, let's explore the what, why, and how of basic legal resilience for every farm business, no matter your production type. We'll cover issues like liability, business structures, and government regulations around labor. We'll talk about the many tools available to help you manage vulnerability including insurance policies and strong written agreements. You'll walk away with affordable, do-able steps that can make a big difference in your farm business over the long term, whether or not you ever choose to work with an attorney.

Two on-site lodging options are included with your registration.

  1. Group rooms in camp buildings (think summer camp)
  2. Tent camping (bring your own)

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888-906-6737 x703 sarah.woutat@marbleseed.org

New Farmer U is supported by NIFA, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2020-49400-32787).