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Risk Management and Budgeting

 CalculatorAg Risk & Farm Management Library - University of Minnesota
From crop insurance to organic production, this library includes over 1,000 documents relating to a wide variety of agricultural risk management practices.


Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Production Budgets - Iowa State University Extension
This site explains enterprise budgets and how they are useful. Use the free downloadable worksheets and "decision tools" to estimate costs and returns for fruit or vegetable production operations.


Fresh Market Vegetable Budgets - Center for Dairy Profitability — University of Wisconsin
This site contains 24 budgets to calculate vegetable production costs and compare the financial costs and benefits associated with producing different vegetables. Enter farm values to get a report on costs and returns, value of production, break-even yields, and machinery expenses.


Crop Budgets for Vegetable and Berry Growers - University of Vermont Extension
These vegetable and fruit budgets are applicable to farms and gardens across the nation. This resource includes budgets for CSA crop planning, high tunnel crops, small-scale farms, and more, along with an interactive create-your-own budget tool. Links to fact sheets and examples of completed budgets are also provided.


Small Farm Resource Guide - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This document provides links to federal, university, and community-based programs and resources offering expertise in small farm operations. Find out which resources are available in specific states or regions, and learn how they can help address the needs of small-scale producers at the community level.


Food Safety -University of Minnesota Extension
This user-friendly food safety resource contains information on preserving and preparing, sanitation and illness, and food safety regulations. The home page displays seasonal resources for quick access. Learning opportunities are available for communities through the online and in-person training courses and workshops.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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