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Farm Viability

A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.

Farm Viability Characteristics of Broiler Demand at Small Grocers 2012-2013

In the fall of 2012 University of Vermont Extension distributed a survey to independent grocers and cooperatively-owned grocery stores asking about chicken and egg demand in their stores with a focus on regionally- produced products. Follow-up phone interviews were conducted through the fall of 2013 to get additional feedback from the buyers in these stores. The goal of this work is to understand the demand for local poultry products and to also provide guidance for poultry farmers preparing to conduct their own market research.

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Farm Viability 2015 Vermont Vineyard Feasibility Study

A study exploring the feasibility of vineyards in Vermont.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Tips for Tracking Cost of Production

Over the course of the 2016 season, 30 organic farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tracked and analyzed their crop-specific costs of production. This factsheet presents lessons learned from their successes (and failures) in tracking the data needed to perform cost of production analysis.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Crop Profitability Comparisons

Over the course of the 2016 season, 30 organic vegetable farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tracked and analyzed their costs of production. The data was aggregated and five crops were examined in-depth. This factsheet presents the production and profitability numbers that are most useful to compare across those five crops.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Whole Farm Financial Ratios

Over the course of the 2016 season, 30 organic vegetable farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tracked and analyzed their costs of production. This factsheet presents some key financial metrics that were aggregated as a result of their work.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Potatoes

A factsheet with the cost of production data for potatoes.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Winter Squash

A factsheet with the cost of production data for winter squash.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Onions

A factsheet with the cost of production data for onions.

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Farm Viability NOFA CPP: Lettuce

A factsheet with the cost of production data for lettuce.

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