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Working Groups: Farm Viability Indicators Task Force (Task Force)

Grass-Fed Beef

A collection of resources providing market research, best production practices, and budgeting tools for grass-fed beef production

Grass-Fed Beef Grass-Based Beef Guide

A guide for understanding the variables and practices that influence grass-fed beef production profitability, with example budget templates for calculating income, expenses, and profitability. The full budgeting tool can be downloaded as an excel file elsewhere n the Grass-Fed Beef collection. The concept for this project was developed in 2015 to better understand the perceived growth in the market for grass-fed meats and concern around the profitability of small-to-midsize grass-based beef farms.

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Grass-Fed Beef Cow-Calf Working Budget

Excel grass-fed cow-calf budgeting tool to help your farm assess and plan for profitability.

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Grass-Fed Beef Feeder Working Budget

Excel grass-fed feeder budgeting tool to help your farm assess and plan for profitability.

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A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture: Ideas to Seed a Conversation and a Call to Action

"A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture” is an attempt to capture an assessment that emerged from several conversations amongst a small group of organizations grappling with how to respond to ongoing negative trends in Vermont agriculture. The hope for this report is that it will serve as a launching point for any number of conversations across the state. In summary, the analysis of the report is that a variety of factors are combining that threaten Vermont’s economy, community, and culture. We see existing activities (e.g., land conservation easements and technical assistance) as highly valuable, but not sufficient to fully address anticipated trends. Therefore, we believe new approaches must be identified, evaluated, and implemented, in addition to sufficiently investing in existing high-impact approaches. We invite feedback on how to undertake such a process, and how to fund, administer, and coordinate implementation across our networks.

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