AgPlan from University of Minnesota: Free, online business planning tools by production type
Ag Alternatives (Penn State Extension) provides resources required and financial templates to help you evaluate adding other products, crops, or income streams to your operation.
Business Planning for Veterans in Ag workshop notes, Dec. 3, 2022; James Cornwell MBA.
Business structure: the model you choose can help protect your personal assets. Free legal assistance with setting up your business is available from Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic at Penn State Law.
Farm Transition/Succession resources
Penn State Extension's Ag Alternative fact sheets provide information to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money
Risk Management is a component of your business plan, and is often tied to insurance. Avoid/Reduce or Mitigate/Transfer/Accept More...
Simple SBA business plan sample
Small Business Development Centers can review and help you refine your plan prior to approaching financers.
SBA Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) can provide access to LivePlan, a collaborative business planning platform.
USDA Risk Management Checklist
PA's Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program funds professional services for planning for the future of a farm.
The maximum grant amount is $7,500 and is limited to 75% of project costs.
Guidelines & Uses
Grants may be used for creating or obtaining:
Business plans to:
enhance the long-term economic viability of a farm.
diversify an existing agricultural operation to new or different forms of agricultural production.
for a farm expansion or to seek financing for farm growth.
plans for the transition of ownership and operation of a farm to new owners and operators.
plans for transfer of ownership and operation of a farm within the farmer's family.