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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: 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: 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 Scaling-up Egg Production: Management, Markets, Regulation, and Finances

This project was developed to assess the potential viability of increased pasture-based egg production in Vermont. Topics include: • Best Management Practices recommendations based on current producers experience and industry recommendations. • Market analysis and recommendations for local and regional markets. • Legal analysis of egg regulations and potential structures for an aggregation entity. • Financial analysis of budgets and start-up costs for 1,000 and 3,000 layer enterprises. • Resources for developing or expanding a layer enterprise.

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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 Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm

The following pages detail options and considerations for crafting unconventional financial arrangements that have been used in other sectors of the economy, but might be new to the agricultural sector. We guide the reader through basic legal issues relevant to farmers and community members when pursuing these arrangements.

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Farm Viability 'Business for Sale' Valuation

Following is a discussion on ‘Business for Sale’ valuation models to assist farms, value added businesses, and agricultural business planning consultants assist farms in planning for eventual farm/business transfer. Primary questions: How to determine the value of the business? How to present the ’Business for Sale’?

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Farm Viability Mark-up and Margins to Set Prices

Agricultural products are subject to various mark-ups and expected margins as they pass through the distribution chain. These mark-ups and margins reflect the increased price that a distributor or retailer assigns to a product to cover their own costs and achieve the financial targets for their own business.

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Farm Viability Farm Employer Overview

The hiring and management of employees presents an opportunity for farm businesses to expand operations, increase efficiency and create jobs from the working landscape. Managing employees comes with not only the responsibility to promote a safe and desirable workplace, but it also comes with the responsibility to make sure everything is in compliance with state and federal labor standards and laws.

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