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Business planning focus of farm course

Jan 1st, 2013 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – The Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning course through the Skagit WSU Extension runs Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m. starting Jan. 10 through March 28 at the WSU NW Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Designed for new and existing farmers, this 12-week, bilingual course will cover planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and profit/loss statements, along with how to cultivate financial resources. In addition to the evening sessions, there will be two Saturday excursions: a field trip to successful local farm enterprises and a farm finance workshop. Students who enroll through Skagit Valley College can earn credit toward SVC’s new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems certificate. Graduates who do not have land will be eligible to implement their business plans at Viva Farms, a farm business incubator located in Burlington. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost for the course is $250. For more information, contact (360) 707-3223 or e-mail info@vivafarms.org.

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