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How to Start a Farm: Plan Your Operation

Think about your operation from the ground up and start planning for your business.  A good farm business plan is your roadmap to start-up, profitability, and growth, and provides the foundation for your conversation with USDA about how our programs can complement your operation. 

Keep reading about planning your business below, get an overview of the beginning farmer's journey , or jump to a different section of the farmer's journey.

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Why you need a farm business plan.

A comprehensive business plan is an important first step for any size business, no matter how simple or complex. You should create a strong business plan because it:

  • Will help you get organized . It will help you to remember all of the details and make sure you are taking all of the necessary steps.
  • Will act as your guide . It will help you to think carefully about why you want to farm or ranch and what you want to achieve in the future. Over time, you can look back at your business plan and determine whether you are achieving your goals.
  • Is required to get a loan . In order to get an FSA loan, a guarantee on a loan made by a commercial lender, or a land contract, you need to create a detailed business plan . Lenders look closely at business plans to determine if you can afford to repay the loan.

How USDA Can Help

Whether you need a good get-started guide, have a plan that you would like to verify, or have a plan you’re looking to update for your next growth phase, USDA can help connect you to resources to help your decisions.

Your state's beginning farmer and rancher coordinator  can connect you to local resources in your community to help you establish a successful business plan. Reach out to your state's coordinator for one-on-one technical assistance and guidance. They can also connect you with organizations that specifically serve beginning farmers and ranchers.

It is important to know that no single solution fits everyone, and you should research, seek guidance, and make the best decision for your operation according to your own individual priorities.

Build a Farm Business Plan

There are many different styles of business plans. Some are written documents; others may be a set of worksheets that you complete. No matter what format you choose, several key aspects of your operation are important to consider.

Use the guidelines below to draft your business plan. Answering these kinds of questions in detail will help you create and develop your final business plan. Once you have a business plan for your operation, prepare for your visit to a USDA service center. During your visit, we can help you with the necessary steps to register your business and get access to key USDA programs.

Business History

Are you starting a new farm or ranch, or are you already in business? If you are already in business:

  • What products do you produce?
  • What is the size of your operation?
  • What agricultural production and financial management training or experience do you, your family members, or your business partners have?
  • How long have you been in business?

Mission, Vision, and Goals

This is your business. Defining your mission, vision and goals is crucial to the success of your business. These questions will help provide a basis for developing other aspects of your business plan.

  • What values are important to you and the operation as a whole?
  • What short- and long-term goals do you have for your operation?
  • How do you plan to start, expand, or change your operation?
  • What plans do you have to make your operation efficient or more profitable ?
  • What type of farm or ranch model (conventional, sustainable, organic, or alternative agricultural practices) do you plan to use?

Organization and Management

Starting your own business is no small feat. You will need to determine how your business will be structured and organized, and who will manage (or help manage) your business. You will need to be able to convey this to others who are involved as well.

  • What is the legal structure of your business? Will it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, trust, limited liability company, or other type of entity?
  • What help will you need in operating and managing your farm or ranch?
  • What other resources, such as a mentor or community-based organization , do you plan to use?

Marketing is a valuable tool for businesses. It can help your businesses increase brand awareness, engagement and sales. It is important to narrow down your target audience and think about what you are providing that others cannot.

  • What are you going to produce ?
  • Who is your target consumer ?
  • Is there demand for what you are planning to produce?
  • What is the cost of production?
  • How much will you sell it for and when do you expect to see profit ?
  • How will you get your product to consumers ? What are the transportation costs and requirements?
  • How will you market your products?
  • Do you know the relevant federal, state, and local food safety regulations? What licensing do you need for your operation?

Today there are many types of land, tools, and resources to choose from. You will need to think about what you currently have and what you will need to obtain to achieve your goals.

  • What resources do you have or will you need for your business?
  • Do you already have access to farmland ? If not, do you plan to lease, rent, or purchase land?
  • What equipment do you need?
  • Is the equipment and real estate that you own or rent adequate to conduct your operation? If not, how do you plan to address those needs?
  • Will you be implementing any conservation practices to sustain your operation?
  • What types of workers will you need to operate the farm?
  • What additional resources do you need?

Now that you have an idea of what you are going to provide and what you will need to run your operation you will need to consider the finances of your operation.

  • How will you finance the business?
  • What are your current assets (property or investments you own) and liabilities (debts, loans, or payments you owe)?
  • Will the income you generate be sufficient to pay your operating expenses, living expenses, and loan payments?
  • What other sources of income are available to supplement your business income?
  • What business expenses will you incur?
  • What family living expenses do you pay?
  • What are some potential risks or challenges you foresee for your operation? How will you manage those risks?
  • How will you measure the success of your business?

Farm Business Plan Worksheets

The Farm Business Plan Balance Sheet can help gather information for the financial and operational aspects of your plan.

Form FSA-2037 is a template that gathers information on your assets and liabilities like farm equipment, vehicles and existing loans.

  • FSA-2037 - Farm Business Plan - Balance Sheet
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Planning for Conservation and Risk Management

Another key tool is a conservation plan, which determines how you want to improve the health of your land. A conservation plan can help you lay out your plan to address resource needs, costs and schedules.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff are available at your local USDA Service Center to help you develop a conservation plan for your land based on your goals. NRCS staff can also help you explore conservation programs and initiatives, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) .

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Crop insurance, whole farm revenue protection and other resources can help you prepare for unforeseen challenges like natural disasters.

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Special Considerations

Special considerations for businesses.

There are different types of farm businesses each with their own unique considerations. Determine what applies to your operation.

  • Organic Farming  has unique considerations. Learn about organic agriculture , organic certification , and the  Organic Certification Cost Share Program  to see if an organic business is an option for you. NRCS also has resources for organic producers and offers assistance to develop a conservation plan.
  • Urban Farming  has special opportunities and restrictions. Learn how USDA can help farmers in urban spaces .
  • Value-Added Products . The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) is a national virtual resource center for value-added agricultural groups.
  • Cooperative.  If you are interested in starting a cooperative, USDA’s Rural Development Agency (RD) has helpful resources to help you begin . State-based  Cooperative Development Centers , partially funded by RD, provide technical assistance and education on starting a cooperative.

Special Considerations for Individuals

Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers: We offer help for the unique concerns of producers who meet the USDA definition of "historically underserved,"  which includes farmers who are:

  • socially disadvantaged
  • limited resource
  • military veterans

Women: Learn about specific incentives, priorities, and set asides for  women in agriculture within USDA programs.

Heirs' Property Landowners: If you inherited land without a clear title or documented legal ownership, learn how USDA can help Heirs’ Property Landowners gain access to a variety of programs and services

Business Planning

Creating a good business plan takes time and effort. The following are some key resources for planning your business.

  • Farm Answers from the University of Minnesota features a library of how-to resources and guidance, a directory of beginning farmer training programs, and other sources of information in agriculture. The library includes business planning guides such as a Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses and an Example Business Plan .
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information about starting, managing, and transitioning a business.

SCORE is a nonprofit organization with a network of volunteers who have experience in running and managing businesses. The Score Mentorship Program partners with USDA to provide:

  • Free, local support and resources, including business planning help, financial guidance, growth strategies.
  • Mentorship through one-on-one business coaching -- in-person, online, and by phone.
  • Training from subject matter experts with agribusiness experience.
  • Online resources and step-by-step outlines for business strategies.
  • Learn more about the program through the Score FAQ .

Training Opportunities

Attend field days, workshops, courses, or formal education programs to build necessary skills to ensure you can successfully produce your selected farm products and/or services. Many local and regional agricultural organizations, including USDA and Cooperative Extension, offer training to beginning farmers.

  • Cooperative Extension  offices address common issues faced by agricultural producers, and conduct workshops and educational events for the agricultural community.
  • extension.org  is an online community for the Cooperative Extension program where you can find publications and ask experts for advice.

Now that you have a basic plan for your farm operation, prepare for your visit to a USDA service center.

2. Visit Your USDA Service Center

How to Start a Farm with USDA

Get an  overview of the beginning farmer's journey  or jump to a specific page below.

Find Your Local Service Center

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

Learn more about our Urban Service Centers . Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office  or to find an insurance agent near you.

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What is a business plan.

A business plan is a document that helps you to organize and succinctly summarize the vision you have for your business. The plan contains the operational and financial objectives of a business, the detailed plans and budgets showing how the objectives are to be realized.

A good business plan will contain the following:

  • Your business vision, mission statement, key values, and goals
  • Description of the product(s) you intend to produce
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats the business may experience are described
  • Production plans
  • Marketing plans
  • Estimated start-up costs
  • Information on your legal structure and management team
  • Current financial statements or projected financial statements.
  • Resume or brief explanation of your background and relevant experience
  • Less than 10 total pages so that people actually read it

Helpful Publications for Writing a Business Plan

General Business Resource Publications:

  • Starting an Ag-Business? A Pre-Planning Guide http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2004/Cornell_AEM_eb0408.pdf
  • Business Transfer Guide: Junior Generation http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2016/Cornell-Dyson-eb1605.pdf
  • Producing a Business Plan for Value-Added Agriculture http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2007/Cornell_AEM_eb0708.pdf
  • Business Planning for the Agriculture Sector: A Guide to Business Plan Development for Start-up to Mid-size Operations http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2010/Cornell_ pdf
  • Building a Sustainable Business (Sustainable Agricultural Research Education (SARE)Publications) sare.org/publications/business.htm 280 pages of education and practical exercises to guide you through the financial, management, and interpersonal skills needed to start a successful farm business. Order hard copy for $17 or download PDF online for free.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Publications for Specific Commodities:

  • Landscape Business Planning Guide http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2003/Cornell_AEM_eb0313.pdf
  • Writing a Business Plan: A Guide for Small Premium Wineries http://publications.dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/extensionpdf/2002/Cornell_AEM_eb0206.pdf
  • Writing a Business Plan: An Example for a Small Premium Winery https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/122203/2/Cornell_AEM_eb0207.pdf

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Writing a farm business plan can be a tool for you to plan your farming business. It can also be a requirement of securing grants and loans for your farm business. The process of writing a farm business plan may seem overwhelming and intimidating at first, but if you break it down into its component steps, it becomes much more manageable.

What Is a Business Plan?

A business plan is a roadmap for your small farm . It is both process and product. During the writing of a farm business plan, you'll develop an overall vision and mission for your business. You will think about your short- and long-term goals. You'll define the steps needed to achieve those goals. You'll set the direction for your business to develop over the next five years.

If you're already an established business, your new business plan will show where you're going next. A good business plan should be:

Mission Statement

Your farm’s mission statement is your overarching purpose for your business:

  • Why does your farm exist?
  • What purpose does your farm serve?
  • Where is your farm headed?

This is beyond “make money.” This mission statement is based on your values and your core identity as a small farm.

The goals in your business plan are the specific, measurable “things” you will achieve with your small farm. Short-term goals are defined as those that you will complete within one year. Long-term goals are those that take longer than one year to complete.

SMART Goals are:

  • Rewarding, and have a

Background Information

In this section of your business plan, take inventory of what you have right now:

  • Where are you located?
  • How many acres of land are you farming?
  • When did you begin farming?
  • How are you currently operating?
  • What general practices do you use for such things as conservation, tillage, environmental impact, and marketing?

Farm Strategy

This is where your business plan gets to looking forward. You are going to formulate your farm strategy from now into the next five years or so.

  • Gather information and research markets. Make sure that your farm plan fits into the general market in terms of supply and demand. Investigate and analyze industry trends, identify competitors, and define buyers.
  • SWOT Analysis. This is an analytical tool that can be used in making decisions. SWOT stands for: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. As a business, analyze your internal strengths and weaknesses. Then look externally at what opportunities and threats exist - competitors, new markets, government regulations, economic conditions, and so forth.
  • Create alternative strategies. Looking at the information you've gleaned and the analysis you just did, think through options for your farm strategy. Don't rely on price alone; economies of scale are challenging on the small farm level.
  • Don't jump to one conclusion immediately. Really spend some time fleshing out the specifics of some of the strategies and looking at their advantages and disadvantages. Try to find options that combine your internal strengths with opportunities in the external environment.
  • Look at all your strategies, then reread your mission statement. The ideal farm plan will fit your mission best.
  • Write an implementation plan. This is where you write a plan that will make your new strategy happen.

Marketing Strategy and Plan

In the next part of your farm business plan, you develop and outline a marketing strategy for your products and services. This can build on the research you did in the previous step. For each product, include ​the price, placement, and promotion ideas. Consider how you will convey real and perceived value to your customers.

Management Summary

This part of your business plan details your farm business’ structure. Everyone who is involved in the management of the business should be listed here. External resources are listed here as well.

Financial Analysis

In this section, you will need to detail the financial aspect of your farming operation. List your current finances in detail, including all income and operating expenses. Referring to your new strategy, you will forecast what is needed for future growth and to meet the goals you have outlined in terms of capital. Include what your future operating expenses will be.

Pulling It All Together

Writing a farm business plan is a big project. Don’t let that put you off. Your plan can be as simple as it needs to be for right now. Begin with your mission statement and goals. Do your homework by analyzing markets and researching competitors and trends. Have fun brainstorming alternative strategies and let them marinate a while. Take it one step at a time.

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Starting and running a successful farming business requires careful planning and strategic decision-making. One essential tool that every farmer should have is a well-crafted farming business plan. A comprehensive business plan serves as a roadmap for your agricultural venture, guiding you through the various stages of development and ensuring that you stay focused on your goals. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to write an effective farming business plan and start you off with a template. 

Overview of a Farming Business Plan

Before diving into the specifics, let’s take a moment to understand what a farming & agriculture business plan entails. Essentially, a farm business plan is a written document that outlines your farming objectives, strategies, and financial forecasts. It serves as a blueprint for your farm’s operations, helping you make informed decisions and communicate your vision to potential investors, lenders, or partners.

The Purpose of a Farming Business Plan

The farming business plan is going to define and communicate your farm’s mission and goals. It helps provide a clear direction for your operations, resources, and ensures that everyone involved in the business is on the same page. Additionally, a well-crafted business plan is often required when seeking financing or partnerships. Lenders and investors use it to evaluate the viability and profitability of your farming venture.  

Key Elements of a Farming Business Plan

Let’s explore the elements that make up the Farming Business Plan. 

Executive Summary

The executive summary is a brief overview of your entire plan. It should summarize your farm’s mission, goals, target market, and competitive advantage. While it appears at the beginning of your plan, it is often written last to ensure that it accurately reflects the content of the document.

Market Analysis

A thorough market analysis is crucial for understanding your target market, identifying potential customers, and evaluating your competition. This section should provide detailed information about market trends, customer demographics, and demand for your products or services. Conducting market research and gathering data from reliable sources will strengthen the credibility of your analysis.

Products and Services

In this section, describe the specific products or services your new farm will offer. Provide details about their features, benefits, and how they meet the needs of your target market. Discuss any unique selling points or competitive advantages that set your offerings apart from others in the industry.

Marketing and Sales

Outline the strategies for promoting and selling farm products. Explain how you plan to promote your farm and reach your target market. Include information about your pricing strategy, distribution channels, and any partnerships or collaborations that may enhance your marketing efforts. Developing a comprehensive marketing plan will help you attract customers and generate sales. 

Describe the operational processes and workflows involved in running the farm, including land preparation, planting, harvesting, livestock care, and post-harvest handling. Highlight the management structure, key personnel, and their roles and responsibilities.

Financial Plan

The financial plans are a critical component of your farming business plan as it demonstrates the financial viability and sustainability of your farm. It should include projected income statements, cash flow statements, and balance sheets for the next three to five years. Additionally, outline your funding requirements and any existing or potential sources of financing. 

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Setting Financial Goals

Forecasting expenses is critical when starting a farming operation. List out the main buckets of expenses (inputs, machinery, labor, land, interest, and consulting services). Where possible, get pricing quotes to formalize your expenses as much as possible for what you would like to grow.

After you’ve forecasted expenses, you can set a goal for how much profit, or margin, you intend to make. Use futures sales prices to project what you can sell your crop for. The difference between your sales price and your expenses will become your profit. Ensure that this income matches your expectations and can cover any personal expenses you hope the money will be used for.

While a one-year operating plan is critical to get started, remember that farming is a long-term pursuit. Depending on how many upfront expenses you need to make, it may take multiple farming seasons to turn a significant profit. 

Conducting Market Research

Before you can develop a solid business plan for a farm, it is essential to conduct detailed market research. Conduct an analysis of the target market, including its size, growth potential, and trends. Identify the target customers, their needs, preferences, and buying behavior. This assessment will allow you to be an expert on the market and differentiate you from the rest of the competition. 

Writing a Farming Business Plan

Now that we have covered the key elements of a farming business plan, let’s dive into the process of writing one.

Creating a Timeline for Implementation

This timeline can be as specific to your needs as possible. You want to make sure that every necessary box is checked before launching your farming operation. This is a suggested timeline for implementing your plan, but coordinate as you see fit and adapt to things that may pop up:

Preparation: 1-6 Months 

  • Complete all sections of the farming business plan, including market analysis, financial projections, and operational strategies.
  • Seek funding options, such as loans, grants, or investors, and secure the necessary financing for your farming venture.
  • Identify suitable land for your farm and negotiate the purchase or lease agreement.
  • Conduct necessary soil testing and prepare the land for farming activities.
  • Source and purchase farming equipment, machinery, and inputs (seeds, fertilizers, livestock, etc.) required for your chosen agricultural activities.
  • Hire key personnel, such as farm managers, laborers, and administrative staff, as per your business plan’s organizational structure.
  • Establish relationships with suppliers and vendors to ensure a steady supply of inputs.

Operations: 6-12 Months

  • Initiate planting or livestock management based on the farming plan.
  • Implement appropriate cultivation techniques, crop rotation, or livestock management practices.
  • Monitor and adjust farming operations to optimize production.
  • Develop marketing strategies to promote farm products to target customers.
  • Implement sales channels, such as direct sales, farmers’ markets, online platforms, or partnerships with retailers or small restaurants.

Below is a helpful template from fsa.usda.gov to get you started. Download your farming business plan template here.

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Crafting a comprehensive farm business plan is a crucial step towards transforming your agricultural visions into tangible realities. This plan serves as a blueprint, enabling you to formally articulate your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations. Engaging in this process can lead to profound insights, illuminating the path to a thriving agricultural enterprise.

Even though the term ‘farm business plan’ might evoke a sense of formal rigidity, it’s important to remember that this document is, in fact, a living, evolving entity. Just like a seedling that sprouts, grows, and changes with the seasons, your business plan is not meant to be static.

It’s something you nurture, revise, and expand as circumstances dictate and as your farm business matures. Feeling pressure to perfect your business plan from the outset could be paralyzing. Instead, we suggest you view this document as a foundation that can be continuously built upon.

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To get you started, we offer a detailed farm business plan template. This invaluable resource can be tailored and expanded to suit your unique agricultural venture, whether you’re cultivating a sprawling wheat field or nurturing a boutique organic herb garden.

The most effective business plans are those that exhibit flexibility and resilience, characteristics that are at the heart of any successful farm business. Agriculture, by its very nature, is a domain subject to the whims of Mother Nature. From unpredictable weather patterns to seasonal variations, farmers of all kinds grapple with an array of external factors.

Therefore, your farm business plan should not only anticipate these challenges but also prescribe adaptive measures to navigate through them. It’s this inherent adaptability that transforms a good farm business plan into a great one.

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A farm business plan, like any strategic document, should be comprehensive, encompassing all aspects of your operation, be it agricultural (crops) or product-based. Utilize these 15 key sections to shape your farm business plan template.

Do bear in mind that while these sections are integral, they are by no means exhaustive. Your farm business plan may necessitate additional topics based on your specific farming operations.

Creating a robust business plan is of paramount importance, whether you’re kickstarting a farm venture or acquiring an existing one. Our farm business plan template starts off with an executive summary.

Executive Summary

The executive summary provides an essential overview of your farm business. It helps to streamline communication and understanding between various stakeholders, such as internal team members, potential lenders, business partners, and customers. When drafting your executive summary, consider the following key components:

  • Business Profile : Provide a snapshot of your farm business, describing its nature and scope. Are you into crop cultivation, livestock rearing, or any specialized farming practices?
  • Products : Clearly outline what product or products your farm will produce. These could range from dairy products to specific crops or even services like agrotourism.
  • Production Methodology : Describe how you plan to achieve your production goals. This could involve discussing your farming techniques, usage of technology, or unique methodologies.
  • Target Audience : Identify the individuals or groups who will be interested in your farm products or services. These might be local consumers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, or even online customers.
  • Key Strategies : Highlight the strategies you plan to implement to run and grow your business. This could cover marketing techniques, sustainability practices, or partnerships.
  • Mission and Vision : Briefly outline the mission and vision of your farm business. This helps to convey your long-term objectives and core values.

Remember, your executive summary is essentially the first impression of your business plan. Making it comprehensive, clear, and compelling will help attract interest and support from stakeholders.

Goals and Objectives

A well-crafted business plan should encapsulate both personal and economic goals and objectives. Many successful farm business plans also address environmental stewardship and community outreach. You may want to include goals around preserving farm resources for future generations, ensuring that both the operational and stewardship aspects remain within the family.

Introduction

Your introduction should provide information about the business owners, including their backgrounds and levels of industry experience.

Mission Statement and Values of Your Farming Business Plan

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This section enables you to express the core values that led you to the farming business, whether it’s an urban farming venture or a homemade product-based farm. Your mission statement should reflect these values. Sustainable practices and conservation are often key motivations that draw people to farming, so don’t be shy to share your commitment to such principles.

Industry History

Understanding your place within the wider agricultural landscape is key. Be sure to research farms that have historically dominated your region, whether they specialize in vineyards, urban farming, or livestock rearing. Use this research to make educated projections about the future.

Company Background and History

Share the history of your farm if it has been a long-standing family venture or the journey leading up to your purchase if it wasn’t. If your farm business is a startup, focus on the business experience and backgrounds of the involved parties.

Competitor Analysis

Understanding your competition is crucial. In the agricultural sector, farmers often share resources, such as a high-tech corn planter, or cooperate in marketing endeavors. Factor in such synergies when analyzing competitors.

Target Market

Clearly define your target market. This can include area groceries, farmers’ markets, or online customers. If you’ll be relying on online sales, ensure your website is professionally designed, keyword optimized, and easily discoverable.

Products and Services

Describe each product or service offered by your farm, highlighting those features most appealing to your target market.

Organization, Human Resources, and Management Plans

These interconnected elements cover your farm’s day-to-day operations, employee roles and responsibilities (including their job descriptions ), and overarching management plans.

SWOT Analysis

Conduct a SWOT analysis to identify your farm’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This will help you strategize on how to leverage your strengths, mitigate your weaknesses, exploit opportunities, and neutralize threats.

Your vision is the roadmap for your farm’s future. It should express not just your financial aspirations but also your plans for the farm operation in the long run.

Growth Strategy

A comprehensive growth strategy should outline your plans for debt reduction, savings, and business expansion. Keeping detailed farm production records is key to evaluating the effectiveness of your growth strategy.

Financial Plan

Your financial plan should include elements like balance sheets, income statements, projected cash flows, loan repayment schedules, and depreciation factors.

Marketing Strategy

A robust marketing strategy is essential for your farm’s success. Look into brochures, advertisements, and joining co-op groups. Resources from institutions like the University of Minnesota and Cornell University offer comprehensive insights into effective marketing strategies for farm businesses.

Establishing a Farming Business Entity

Discuss the legal structure of your farm business. Will it be a sole proprietorship, a partnership, an LLC, or a corporation? Outline the pros and cons of each and why the chosen structure is the best fit for your farm business.

Detailed Description of Farm Operations

Include a section that provides an in-depth look at your day-to-day farm operations. This can cover everything from crop rotation plans, livestock breeding programs, to the use of technology and machinery in your farming activities.

Risk Management Strategies

Address potential risks and challenges your farm might face, such as natural disasters, market fluctuations, or pest infestations. Discuss the strategies you plan to implement to mitigate these risks, like insurance coverage, diversification, and emergency response plans.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Highlight your farm’s approach to sustainability and its impact on the environment. Discuss practices like organic farming, conservation techniques, and renewable energy usage, which demonstrate your commitment to environmental stewardship.

Community Involvement and Social Responsibility

Describe how your farm business plans to engage with and contribute to the local community. This could include hosting educational farm tours, participating in farmers’ markets, or supporting local food programs.

Supply Chain and Vendor Relationships

Detail your farm’s supply chain and vendor relationships. Explain how you plan to source inputs like seeds, feed, or equipment, and any partnerships with local suppliers or distributors.

Technology and Innovation

Discuss the role of technology and innovation in your farm business. This could include the use of precision agriculture, innovative irrigation systems, or the adoption of farm management software to enhance efficiency and productivity.

Training and Development Plans

Explain how you intend to train and develop your staff. Include plans for ongoing education, skill development, and potentially, leadership training for future farm managers.

Expansion and Diversification

Outline your long-term plans for expansion and diversification. This could involve adding new crops, branching into agrotourism, or exploring value-added products like farm-produced jams or cheeses.

Exit Strategy

Consider including an exit strategy for your farming business. This could be a plan for succession, selling the business, or transitioning to a different type of agricultural operation.

Wrap up your business plan with a conclusion that reiterates your farm’s core mission and vision, and express your enthusiasm and commitment to making your farm business a success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Include a FAQ section at the end of your business plan to address common questions potential investors or partners may have about your farm business. This can include queries about your business model, funding needs, or market potential.

Provide an addendum for additional documents that support your business plan. This can include resumes of key team members, detailed financial projections, market research data, or letters of support from future customers or partners.

Do I Need a Business Plan for My Farm?

Even if you’re knee-deep in the dirt, tending to your crops or livestock, every farming enterprise has the core elements of a business at its heart. These include aspects such as operations, marketing, human resources, and finances. When you embark on developing a farm business plan, it might astonish you to see where the journey takes you. You could end up discovering facets of your farm business that you hadn’t previously considered.

One of the many advantages of constructing your business plan is the opportunity it affords to involve others. Employees, family members, even your loyal farm dog might have innovative small farm business ideas that could significantly enhance your farm’s productivity and marketability. A different perspective can often yield solutions for issues you might not have even been aware of. Therefore, encourage an open exchange of thoughts and ideas. Who knows, the next great idea could be lying right under your hay bale!

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More than just a document outlining your farm’s structure, your farm business plan should serve as a valuable decision-making tool. With it, you can confidently navigate the varied terrain of farm management, from daily operations to larger strategic initiatives. When you’ve got a meticulously crafted, robust farm business plan, it doesn’t just narrate your farm’s story, but also provides you with a roadmap to future growth and success.

Beyond this, a top-notch farm business plan can also be a lever that helps you access critical financing. Lenders and investors are more likely to support your venture when they see a well-structured, thoughtful business plan that articulates your vision, illustrates your understanding of the market, and demonstrates your commitment to fiscal responsibility.

So, where to begin? Let’s dive into our fundamental guide to crafting a farm business plan using our adaptable template. This resource has been designed to help you capture every aspect of your agricultural venture, laying a strong foundation for a bountiful future.

How Do I Write a Small Farm Business Plan?

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Don’t sit down to write the whole thing. Chip away, one section at a time. Keep in mind that the plan doesn’t have to be the definitive last word. You can make adaptations.

How do you start a farm business plan?

Start with one piece of the business plan. One of the hardest sections of a business plan to write is the Mission Statement . If you get bogged down there, continue and come back to it later.

How much do farm owners make a year?

As you can imagine, the net income varies greatly by type of farm business.

The bottom line after expenses may not be high. Farmers need to consider net worth as assets grow and the farm property increases in value.

How much does it cost to start a small farm?

Getting set up to raise 100 beef cattle costs lots more than getting set up to raise 100 rabbits.

Things like property acquisition, soil preparation, equipment and machinery and the key costs. Other costs may be irrigation systems, packaging and trucking.

What is the most profitable farming business?

Poultry farming is currently the most profitable – and common – farm business in the world. It includes chicken, turkey, quail, ducks and goose, that are being raised for meat or eggs.

It’s also one of the most expensive businesses to start, requiring significant capital investment. The industry is very labor-intensive and labor costs are high.

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by FCSC | May 28, 2024 | FCSC Blog , Industry Insights

Creating an Ag Business Plan

Embarking on an agricultural venture, whether it’s running a beef ranch out East or managing a large produce business, is both thrilling and daunting at the same time. Creating an effective, sustainable, and profitable business plan from which to run your entire company appears overwhelming at first glance. However, our Farm Credit of Southern Colorado team is here to help you create a solid business plan or recreate one you already have in place to improve upon. We fully understand the myriad considerations of starting or enhancing your agricultural enterprise. From navigating legal structures to defining your goals and objectives, establishing governance strategies, and making crucial decisions, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

Let us make the development of this critical document easier for you! We’ve put together a guide that walks you through all the intricacies of organizing a new plan and ensures your journey toward viability is smooth sailing.

How to Create a Helpful Business Plan for Your Farm

A well-crafted business plan is one of the most important foundational pieces of planning for success in the agricultural realm. Whether you’re drafting your very first business plan or revamping an existing one, it’s essential to cover all your bases to be well-prepared for all situations. Here are some key points to consider covering within your plan:

1. Operational Plan: Map out your vision, your mission, and the strategies you will use to achieve your goals. A clear roadmap will guide your actions and keep you focused on your goals.

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3. Set Goals and Budgets: Creating a business growth strategy can be more manageable when you start from where you would like your business. Goals give you focus, create budgets, and help you understand if your plan is reasonable. They can also validate whether you’re on the right growth path.

4. Licenses and Certifications: While every farming operation’s certification and license will differ depending on the type of product they produce, it’s crucial to complete your research and ensure you are fully certified and licensed where you need to be. Ensure there is a yearly check-in for reestablishments of all documentation as well.

5. Company History: Record all the pivotal moments in your business from its origins to the present day to organize milestones, accomplishments, and the work of influential figures into a cohesive narrative. It is helpful to record your farm’s progress and story.

6. Inventory: Markup a consistent monthly or quarterly game plan to check in and count your farming inventory. Make sure to include physical count, spot checking, cycle counting, and new product ordering, amongst any other item nuances you may have in your operation.

7. Establish Sales and Distribution Channels: Identify the most suitable sales and distribution channels for your agricultural products to calculate your potential net profit. Explore options such as direct business-to-consumer, partnerships and networks with distributors, and growth paths to get into larger markets and supply chains.

8. Financing Opportunities: Find ways to obtain financing, grants, or loans to further your growth and expansion. Identify potential sources of income and create a comprehensive budget to support your business goals, including forward acquisitions and other growth options.

9. Emergency Protocols: A guide that includes roles, responsibilities, relevant contact information, and resources available in the case of emergency. This plan should consist of assessing damage, protecting property, minimizing damage or business disruptions, and determining the appropriate actions after the incident.

10. File Records: Keep proper records of finances, transactions, inventories, and other vital information to track progress and make informed decisions. Accurate recordkeeping is critical for compliance, financial analysis, and strategic planning.

11. Risk Management: Identify potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them, protecting your business from unexpected challenges. Engaging and managing risks will help protect your assets and business continuity.

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13. Mental Health: Prioritize self-care and well-being to ensure resilience and sustainability. Farm work can be demanding, and maintaining mental and emotional well-being is essential to long-term success.

14. Field Transition Plan: Define follow-up procedures and plans to ensure a smooth transition of ownership and operations. Succession planning is essential to preserve the legacy of your business and ensure its continuity across generations.

15. Environmental Stewardship: Create a map to implement sustainable farming practices, conserve natural resources, and promote biodiversity. A solid hold on your business’ sustainable operations is crucial to appeal to the current customer market in this greener age.

16. Environmental Preparedness: Due to weather and environmental factors like droughts, freezing temperatures, hail, pests, and diseases, you must be prepared to plan and react to each. Adapting to climate change and reducing environmental risks requires careful planning and adaptation that fits your personal business needs.

17. Knowledge Expansion: Ensure you have a game plan encouraging you and your employees to expand their knowledge bases and improve their expertise constantly. Focusing on further education is the steppingstone to sustainability and diversification within your organization.

18. Growth Strategy: Conduct a detailed outline that lists your actions to expand operations, increase revenue, and boost market reach. You’ll want to evaluate the financial, market, and industry positions to establish clear objectives to help your business develop over time.

19. Labor and Workload: Farming can be physically demanding and labor intensive, requiring long hours, especially during critical periods such as planting or harvesting. Managing and coordinating workers’ energy can be difficult, especially in large operations.

20. Marketing: Create a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote your product or service, reach your target audience, and generate sales. Effective marketing strategies will help you build brand awareness, attract customers, and generate revenue. Utilize social media platforms to target your audience directly.

You Guide to Building a Profitable AG Business Plan

With Farm Credit of Southern Colorado by your side, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, resources, and support you need to thrive in the competitive agricultural landscape. Our team is here to help not only with the ag financial and ag insurance side of things but also with your farm’s business planning and operational logistics. We take pride in also being an educational resource for our customer-owners, so never hesitate to ask for assistance ! Let’s embark on this journey together and pave the way for your local agricultural venture’s success.

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Botanical Bounty

Executive summary executive summary is a brief introduction to your business plan. it describes your business, the problem that it solves, your target market, and financial highlights.">, opportunity.

The health and vitamin industry is growing at a very quick pace. Customers want to have natural and plant alternatives to medication. They are starting to believe the body is a temple. They don’t want to pollute with chemicals. The industry needs botanical plants that are ready to process as well as give to nurseries for the “do it yourselfers”.

Botanical Bounty is working hard to become a leading producer of botanical plants for the natural supplement industry as well as plant nurseries.

Botanical Bounty has three distinct customers: supplement companies, processors of botanicals for supplement companies, and nurseries that resell the plants.

The first two customers purchase the plants for use in their products which they ultimately sell to the end consumer.

The market for natural supplements is quite exciting. Surveys show that over 158 million consumers (over 55% of U.S. population) use dietary supplements. An estimated 115.3 million consumers buy vitamins and minerals for themselves, and 55.8 million purchase them for other members of their family, including children. Consumer surveys consistently find that nearly half of all Americans now use herbs – a statistic that is particularly remarkable when we realize that today’s herbal products industry is just over a quarter century old.`

Competition

Competition takes two forms, farms similar in size and production capacity to Botanical Bounty and megafarms. The similarly sized farms range in size from 5-30 acres. The number of different herbs grown varies from a handful to upwards of 50. The choice of plants grown is based on owner preference as well as location and the ability of the local growing conditions to support the different plants.

It is Botanical Bounty’s mission to become the leading provider of botanical perennials to the health/vitamin industry. This will be accomplished by providing quality plants at fair prices while exceeding customer’s expectations.

Expectations

To finance our growth and full-time production, we need to purchase $35,000 worth of new equipment as long-term assets taking that total up to $53,800. To that end, we are seeking a $100,000 10-year loan. Sales forecasts conservatively indicate that $190,000 revenue will be generated in year two, rising to over 400,000 by year 4.

Financial Highlights by Year

Financing needed.

We need to have a $100,000 10 year loan. We will use our $35,000 of cash from our current operations.

Problem & Solution

Problem worth solving.

There is a growing trend towards plant cures to common diseases or health issues.Consumers care about getting a natural supplement to make them feel better and take care of their body. Because of this the natural market has grown exponentially in the last few years. The market needs high quality botanicals to keep up  with demand. 

Our Solution

Botanical Bounty has identified three keys that will be instrumental in their success. The first is the implementation of strict financial controls. By having the proper controls, production efficiency will be maximized. The second key will be the never ending pursuit for the industry’s highest concentration levels of botanical ingredients in each plant. The third key is the recognition and implementation of the philosophy that 100% customer satisfaction is required to ensure a profitable business. Profits are a by product of satisfying customers, not the other way around.

Target Market

Market size & segments.

Botanical Bounty has identified three different target market segments: 

Supplement Companies This customer group manufactures botanical supplements for their own label products. The companies purchase the plants and extract the active ingredients and transform them into sellable products for their own brand. There are a handful of large companies that operate in this market space. Ten years ago there were many different ones but through consolidation the industry has grown in size but decreased in the number of different players.

Processors These customers purchase the the plants, extract the botanicals and either sell the concentrated botanicals to the end producers or they themselves produce the supplement and sell the final product to other companies for their private label products. In essence they are the subcontractor for the supplement companies. These companies therefore are one layer within the manufacturing system and do not sell to the end consumer. They act as a supplier/processor for the retail brands.

Other Nurseries/Garden Centers This customer group purchases the plants which they in turn sell at retail to the individual end consumer. The typical consumer is a health conscious individual who is interested in either extracting the botanical from the plant immediately or growing the plant in their own garden for future use.

Current Alternatives

As mentioned previously, competition takes two forms, farms similar in size and production capacity to Botanical Bounty and megafarms. The similarly sized farms range in size from 5-30 acres. The number of different herbs grown varies from a handful to upwards of 50. The choice of plants grown is based on owner preference as well as location and the ability of the local growing conditions to support the different plants.

On the other end of spectrum is the megafarm. These farms have a similar range of species cultivated, however they differ greatly in production capacity. These farms are huge, typically not less than 100 acres, peaking at 300 acres. These growers however are few number.

The buying patterns of the different customers are typically based on these variables:

  • Availability
  • Ability to deliver consistently on long-term contracts
  • Significant % of active ingredients
  • Consistency

Our Advantages

Botanical Bounty has a dual competitive edge:

Healthy Plants The healthier the plant, the faster it will grow, the more botanicals that can be extracted from it. This means an increase in production efficiency due to a larger percentage of plants that are sellable. Other characteristics of healthy plants which are important on the production side is: lower pest counts, more established root structures, and high biomass.

High Concentration of Active Botanicals This is beneficial to the purchaser because they are buying the plants precisely for the active botanicals. High concentration levels are valuable to Botanical Bounty because they increase the amount of botanicals produced per plant or per acre, increasing the production capacity of a given amount of land, thereby increasing their return on investment and increasing the attractiveness of Botanical Bounty’s plants relative to the competition.

Keys to Success

Our keys to success are: 

  • Strict financial controls.
  • The never ending pursuit of the highest concentration of botanicals in every plant.
  • Ensuring that all customer’s needs are met and they are satisfied with the purchased products.

Marketing & Sales

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Botanical Bounty’s sales strategy efforts will focus on identifying qualified leads and turning them into paying customers. The main sales effort that Botanical Bounty will undertake is the reinforcement of the fact that Botanical Bounty’s plants have the industry’s highest percentage of botanicals. This will be quite appealing to the buyers as this is exactly what they want, more botanicals per plant. In addition to selling the buyers on Botanical Bounty’s competitive edge of potent plants, there will be an emphasis on Botanical Bounty’s ability to perform on long-term contracts.

Botanical Bounty recognizes that the transactions should not be thought of as individual sales, but as long-term relationships. This is a reasonable assumption based on the fact that the customers are in the business of utilizing botanicals, that they will continually have the need for the botanicals, and that it is far less expensive to establish a relationship with one vendor than to continually have to find new vendors that can meet their needs.

Locations & Facilities

Botanical Bounty is a 10 acre farm that concentrates on the growing of botanical medicinals. Botanical Bounty has chosen five plant species that have significant market demand as well being well suited for growth in the Willamette River Valley. Botanical Bounty will feature: Echinacea – an immune system booster; Ginseng – a source of energy; St John’s Wort – for mild depression; Skullcap- for inflammation; and Ginger – a stomach soother.

Milestones & Metrics

Milestones table, key metrics.

Our key metrics are: 

  • Sales, cost of sales, expenses, profits, and cash.
  • Production cost of goods. We need to keep them low.
  • Keep current on our competitors botanical concentration and prices.
  • Measure the number of emails and phone calls.
  • Measure the Facebook Page views and Twitter re-tweets. 
  • Measure website searches and inquiries. 

Ownership & Structure

Botanical Bounty is an Oregon L.L.C. owned by David and Susan Nealon. The L.L.C. business formation has been chosen as a strategic way to shield the Nealons from personal liability.

Company History

Botanical Bounty has been in operation for two years. Initially it was started as a hobby where Susan could use her plant biology skills while covering some of the costs. The Nealon’s were able to achieve this lifestyle due to a windfall that David received as a result of exercised stock options. After the second year, the Nealon’s decided that although they had the money to live on for many years, it would be irresponsible to needlessly spend it so they got serious about the business and made a concerted effort to become profitable.

Botanical Bounty has chosen the Willamette River Valley as an ideal place to grow perennials. Botanical Bounty has 10 acres of land which they use for production. During several of the winter months, production is moved into their green house for propagation. Botanical Bounty employs a drip irrigation system for all of the plants.

Management Team

Botanical Bounty will be lead by the husband and wife team of David and Sue Nealon. David brings a wealth of business and project management skills to the company. While working at Yahoo!, David was responsible for the successful launch and market lead capture of Yahoo!s driving directions section. Utilizing these skills, David will be responsible for the business operations of the farm. Sue, with a background of plant biology will be the driving force of the operation, growing the highest active ingredient content plants in the country. Additionally, because of her wealth of knowledge, she will be the leader of the sales department.

Personnel Table

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Our key assumptions 

  • Our market and customer base are growing and with them the opportunities for sales.   
  • The area has wealthy households that can afford to spend money on non essential vitamins.   
  • Our customers appreciate our dedication to high quality products and price controls.   
  • We will be able to get the 100,000 dollar loan at 8 percent based on our past success and being able to put our property up as collateral. We are a safe investment. If unplanned expenses pop up we have people interested in investing.

Revenue by Month

Expenses by month, net profit (or loss) by year, use of funds.

We will be using the loan to purchase machines and to expand our farm and our personnel to grow the highest quality botanicals and process them so they can be turned into vitamins or other products that give the  customer a natural cure. 

Sources of Funds

We are leveraging our business to get an $100,000 10-year loan. We will also be using the cash on hand from our current business. 

Projected Profit & Loss

Projected balance sheet, projected cash flow statement.

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How to Write a Farm Business Plan

Getting a loan for your agricultural business — no matter the size or scope — means asking the lender to have faith in your ability to manage a full-fledged operation and your finances in a healthy way. The best way to prove that is by coming prepared with a farm business plan proposal.

No pressure, right? While it may seem daunting and scary, we’ve broken down the steps to writing the perfect business plan below. Read on to learn more and check out the end of this guide for additional resources to help you craft a top-notch business plan.

Creating a Farm Business Plan

You can set yourself up for success — both in business and with your lender — by having a detailed business plan for your farming operation. It doesn't need to be pretty, but you do have to prove that you're willing to put the time and effort into creating a well thought out course of action for your operation.

Are you already operating but don't have a plan? That's okay! It's never too late to put extra thought into how your operation will continue to fulfill your livelihood.

What to Include in your Agricultural Business Plan

Whether you're a new farmer looking for a loan , or a seasoned grower that needs funding for a new agribusiness , there are a few things that you want to make sure you include in your agricultural business plan.

Title/ Cover Page

Keep it simple on the cover page. The most important information here is accurate contact information so your lender can get in touch with you easily. Include your mailing address, phone, email, and fax if you have it.

Business Overview

Although it will be the first page of your farm plan, this will be the last section that you write, since it acts as a summary of all your key points in your plan. Remember that this is the first section that your lender will read , so they’ll expect to see all of the highlights that make approving this loan a good financial decision for both you and the lending organization. Include points about expansion plans, market opportunities, financial trends and projections in a short and easy to read summary. Treat this section as if you're telling a stranger about your operation and you want to give them an overview of what you do and what sets you apart from other businesses in your industry.

What are your key business objectives? In this part of your farming business plan, you'll want to describe your products and services your business will offer. 

Start by describing how your business will operate and include what makes your business unique. Provide details regarding the size of the operation, location, and note any expansion plans.     

Who is your target audience? Who will benefit from your products or services produced from your farm business?   

Think about the desire and drive behind why you want to pursue this business venture. It is common to connect your business why with your mission statement.  

If applying for a loan:

If you’re starting a new operation, clearly state how much money you are applying for, how you plan to use it and how it will make your business more profitable, thereby ensuring repayment. 

Creating your own farm business plan will take time and effort. As you complete sections, send them to partners or colleagues to review as you go along. If you have any questions on farm business plan examples or more specifically what lenders are looking for, give us a call. 

Business Management and Organization

Business history:.

How long have you been in operation? Are you starting from scratch or did the business have previous owners?

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your business.

Implementation Timeline:

What is your plan of action? What specific tasks need to be completed in order to reach your business goals?   

Goals are often broken into two categories — short term and long term. Short term goals are focused on actions likely to be achieved in 1-3 years, and long term goals are likely accomplished in 3-10 years, or beyond.  

Risk Management:

What risk management practices do you have in place? Think about your business contingency plan, insurance coverage , regulatory requirements, and your market and production diversification.   

For some people, this can be the most fun or the most challenging part of creating your small farm business plan. Before thinking about your marketing tactics, think about the data you need to make informed business decisions .  

Market Share:

Researching your target market is key to understanding what opportunities are available in the marketplace. Is there current market share to gain? How will you remain competitive as a farm business? Who are your biggest competitors in the marketplace? Do you anticipate any obstacles?    

How will your farm business generate farm income? Think about how your product will be sold and priced? What is your projected or estimated income? How are you going to gain commitments and contracts to sell your products? 

What marketing strategy will your business use to reach your business goals? As a small business, will you utilize tools like social media, email marketing, and/or ecommerce to maximize your marketing efforts to connect with your target audience? Check out our blog on how to create a marketing plan for your farm and download a free template!

Arguably, the most important part of your agricultural business plan is how you will finance your operation. In this section, make sure to take time to complete your balance sheet. The balance sheet will identify your cash-basis income trend, breakeven analysis, and sensitivity analysis. This statement is a summary of what you own vs. what you owe. 

The income and expenses statement shows your business’ profit and loss over a period of time, determined by taking all the revenue and subtracting all expenses. This will show the profitability of your operation. 

Business Advisors

Business advisors are a group of professionals who serve as subject matter experts to enhance productivity, business, and on-farm profitability, while offering technical insight for your farm operations. Surrounding yourself with people who know how to support your farming venture will help to support and find your long-term business success. You will want to organize your team that might consist of an attorney, accountant, lender, insurance provider, and consultants in the last section of the business plan.  Did you know Farm Credit offers services for Accounting, Records, Payroll and Taxes, Appraisal, Business Consulting, Farm Succession Planning, and more? Give us a call at 888.339.3334 or view our full list of services here .

Congratulations! You’ve made it through each section of how to write your business plan! If you’re interested in more coaching on your business plan, check out the resources below or give us a call to connect with a local lender — we're happy to help. 

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High demand, an extensive marketplace, and a recurring revenue model make starting a dairy farm business a lucrative and rewarding profession.

Anyone can start a dairy farm, but you will need a detailed business plan when it comes to growing your business and raising funds for it.

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Writing a dairy farm business plan is a crucial step toward the success of your business. Here are the key steps to consider when writing a business plan:

1. Executive Summary

An executive summary is the first section planned to offer an overview of the entire business plan. However, it is written after the entire business plan is ready and summarizes each section of your plan.

Here are a few key components to include in your executive summary:

Introduce your Business:

  • This section may include the name of your dairy farm, its location, when it was founded, the type of dairy farm (E.g., conventional dairy farm, organic dairy farm, farmstead dairy farm), etc.

Market Opportunity:

Dairy farm products:.

  • For instance, you may include milk and milk products as dairy farm products, and organic and grass-fed and pasture-raised cattle as some of your USPs.

Marketing & Sales Strategies:

Financial highlights:, call to action:.

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2. Business Overview

The business overview section of your business plan offers detailed information about your company. The details you add will depend on how important they are to your business. Yet, business name, location, business history, and future goals are some of the foundational elements you must consider adding to this section:

Business Description:

  • Conventional dairy farm
  • Organic dairy farm
  • Farmstead dairy farm
  • Pasture-based dairy farm
  • Describe the legal structure of your dairy farm, whether it is a sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, or others.
  • Explain where your business is located and why you selected the place.

Mission Statement:

Business history:.

  • Additionally, If you have received any awards or recognition for excellent work, describe them.

Future Goals

This section should provide a thorough understanding of your business, its history, and its future plans. Keep this section engaging, precise, and to the point.

3. Market Analysis

The market analysis section of your business plan should offer a thorough understanding of the industry with the target market, competitors, and growth opportunities. You should include the following components in this section.

Target market:

  • For instance, health-conscious individuals, specialty diet consumers, and organic shoppers would be an ideal target audience for a pasture-based dairy farm.

Market size and growth potential:

  • For instance, the dairy farm industry was 59.3 billion dollars in 2022. It is extremely crucial to define the segment of your target market and its growth potential.

Competitive Analysis:

Market trends:.

  • For instance, plant-fed dairy farming has a booming market; explain how you plan on dealing with this potential growth opportunity.

Regulatory Environment:

Here are a few tips for writing the market analysis section of your dairy farming business plan:

  • Conduct market research, industry reports, and surveys to gather data.
  • Provide specific and detailed information whenever possible.
  • Illustrate your points with charts and graphs.
  • Write your business plan keeping your target audience in mind.

4. Products And Services

The product and services section should describe the specific services and products that will be offered to customers. To write this section should include the following:

Milk Varieties:

Mention different varieties of milk you will offer at your dairy farm. This will include full-fat milk, low-fat milk, grass-fed derived milk, skimmed milk, etc.

Dairy products:

Mention the dairy farm products you will offer. This list may include dairy products like cheese, butter, yogurt, cream, ice cream, and much more. Also, mention the different varieties of these products you will offer.

Parts and Accessories:

Quality measures:.

  • This may include ensuring animal health and welfare, milk testing and quality control, sanitation and hygiene practices, etc.

Additional Services

In short, this section of your dairy farm plan must be informative, precise, and client-focused. By providing a clear and compelling description of your offerings, you can help potential investors and readers understand the value of your business.

5. Sales And Marketing Strategies

Writing the sales and marketing strategies section means a list of strategies you will use to attract and retain your clients. Here are some key elements to include in your sales & marketing plan:

Unique Selling Proposition (USP):

  • For example, grass-fed milk produce, organic and sustainable practices, and farm-to-table sales could be some of the great USPs for a local pasture-raised dairy farm.

Pricing Strategy:

Marketing strategies:, sales strategies:, customer retention:.

Overall, this section of your dairy farm business plan should focus on customer acquisition and retention.

Have a specific, realistic, and data-driven approach while planning sales and marketing strategies for your dairy farm, and be prepared to adapt or make strategic changes in your strategies based on feedback and results.

6. Operations Plan

The operations plan section of your business plan should outline the processes and procedures involved in your business operations, such as staffing requirements and operational processes. Here are a few components to add to your operations plan:

Staffing & Training:

Operational process:, equipment & machinery:.

  • Explain how these technologies help you maintain quality standards and improve the efficiency of your business operations.

Adding these components to your operations plan will help you lay out your business operations, which will eventually help you manage your business effectively.

7. Management Team

The management team section provides an overview of your dairy farm management team. This section should provide a detailed description of each manager’s experience and qualifications, as well as their responsibilities and roles.

Founders/CEO:

Key managers:.

  • It should include, key executives(e.g. CEO.), senior management, and other department managers (e.g. farm manager, herd manager.) involved in the dairy farm operations, including their education, professional background, and any relevant experience in the dairy farm industry.

Organizational structure:

Compensation plan:, advisors/consultants:.

  • So, if you have any advisors or consultants, include them with their names and brief information consisting of roles and years of experience.

This section should describe the key personnel for your dairy farm services, highlighting how you have the perfect team to succeed.

8. Financial Plan

Your financial plan section should provide a summary of your business’s financial projections for the first few years. Here are some key elements to include in your financial plan:

Profit & loss statement:

Cash flow statement:, balance sheet:, break-even point:.

  • This exercise will help you understand how much revenue you need to generate to sustain or be profitable.

Financing Needs:

Be realistic with your financial projections, and make sure you offer relevant information and evidence to support your estimates.

9. Appendix

The appendix section of your plan should include any additional information supporting your business plan’s main content, such as market research, legal documentation, financial statements, and other relevant information.

  • Add a table of contents for the appendix section to help readers easily find specific information or sections.
  • In addition to your financial statements, provide additional financial documents like tax returns, a list of assets within the business, credit history, and more. These statements must be the latest and offer financial projections for at least the first three or five years of business operations.
  • Provide data derived from market research, including stats about the dairy farm industry, user demographics, and industry trends.
  • Include any legal documents such as permits, licenses, and contracts.
  • Include any additional documentation related to your business plan, such as product brochures, marketing materials, operational procedures, etc.

Use clear headings and labels for each section of the appendix so that readers can easily find the necessary information.

Remember, the appendix section of your dairy farm business plan should only include relevant and important information supporting your plan’s main content.

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Frequently asked questions, why do you need a dairy farm business plan.

A business plan is an essential tool for anyone looking to start or run a successful dairy farm. It helps to get clarity in your business, secures funding, and identifies potential challenges while starting and growing your business.

Overall, a well-written plan can help you make informed decisions, which can contribute to the long-term success of your dairy farm.

How to get funding for your dairy farm business?

There are several ways to get funding for your dairy farm, but self-funding is one of the most efficient and speedy funding options. Other options for funding are:

  • Bank loan – You may apply for a loan in government or private banks.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) loan – SBA loans and schemes are available at affordable interest rates, so check the eligibility criteria before applying for it.
  • Crowdfunding – The process of supporting a project or business by getting a lot of people to invest in your business, usually online.
  • Angel investors – Getting funds from angel investors is one of the most sought startup options.

Apart from all these options, there are small business grants available, check for the same in your location and you can apply for it.

What is the easiest way to write your dairy farm business plan?

A lot of research is necessary for writing a business plan, but you can write your plan most efficiently with the help of any dairy farm business plan example and edit it as per your need. You can also quickly finish your plan in just a few hours or less with the help of our business plan software .

How detailed should the financial projections be in my dairy farm business plan?

The level of detail of the financial projections of your dairy farm may vary considering various business aspects like direct and indirect competition, pricing, and operational efficiency. However, your financial projections must be comprehensive enough to demonstrate a complete view of your financial performance.

Generally, the statements included in a business plan offer financial projections for at least the first three or five years of business operations.

What key components should a dairy farm business plan include?

The following are the key components your dairy farm business plan must include:

  • Executive summary
  • Business Overview
  • Market Analysis
  • Products and services
  • Sales and marketing strategies
  • Operations plan
  • Management team
  • Financial plan

Can a good dairy farm business plan help me secure funding?

Indeed. A well-crafted dairy farm business plan will help your investors better understand your business domain, market trends, strategies, business financials, and growth potential—helping them make better financial decisions.

So, if you have a profitable and investable business, a comprehensive business plan can certainly help you secure your business funding.

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Farming Business Plan Proposal In South Africa

[Pdf Sample] Business Plan For Farming In South Africa Docx

In today’s fast-paced world, the farming industry continues to play a vital role in providing food security and economic stability. South Africa, with its rich agricultural resources, offers numerous opportunities for aspiring farmers and entrepreneurs to establish successful farming businesses.

However, starting a farming business requires careful planning and a comprehensive business plan to ensure long-term success. In this article, we will explore the essential components of a farming business plan specific to South Africa , providing you with the guidance and insights necessary to embark on your farming journey.

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To write a business plan , here is a breakdown of how it should be structured and what should be in each category. After this instruction, I will provide you with a sample of one I wrote for my farm , let us go:

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Executive Summary

Introduction to farming in south africa.

In this section, we will discuss the agricultural landscape of South Africa , exploring the diverse range of farming opportunities available. We will delve into the climatic conditions, soil types, and regional considerations that influence farming practices in the country . Additionally, we will highlight the government’s support and incentives for the agricultural sector, providing valuable insights for aspiring farmers.

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Identifying Target Market and Products

Market analysis and competitor research.

Conducting a comprehensive market analysis is essential for assessing the viability of your farming business . This section will delve into market research techniques, including primary and secondary data collection methods. We will also explore competitor analysis, identifying key competitors in the market and determining strategies to gain a competitive edge.

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Farming Methods and Techniques

Choosing the right farming methods and techniques is crucial for optimizing productivity and ensuring sustainable practices. This section will cover various farming methods, including conventional, organic, and hydroponic farming . We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, helping you make informed decisions for your farming business .

Equipment and Infrastructure

Investing in the right equipment and infrastructure is essential for efficient farming operations. In this section, we will guide you through the process of selecting appropriate machinery, tools, and infrastructure based on the specific needs of your farming venture. We will also discuss maintenance and operational considerations to maximize the lifespan and performance of your assets.

Human Resources and Management

Financial projections and funding.

Developing accurate financial projections is crucial for securing funding and managing the financial aspects of your farming business . This section will guide you through the process of creating a financial plan , including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow projections. We will also discuss funding options and strategies for approaching investors or financial institutions.

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Marketing and Sales Strategies

Implementing effective marketing and sales strategies is essential for reaching your target market and generating revenue. This section will explore various marketing channels, including digital marketing, traditional advertising, and direct sales. We will discuss branding, promotional activities, and customer relationship management techniques to help you build a strong customer base.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation

Running a farming business involves inherent risks, including weather fluctuations, pest infestations, and market volatility. This section will guide you through the process of conducting a risk assessment and developing mitigation strategies. We will discuss insurance options, contingency plans, and diversification techniques to safeguard your farming business against potential risks.

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Legal and Regulatory Considerations

Sustainability and environmental impact.

Sustainable farming practices are gaining significant importance in today’s agricultural landscape. This section will explore various sustainability initiatives and environmentally friendly farming practices that you can adopt. We will discuss water conservation , soil health management, and biodiversity preservation techniques to minimize your farm’s environmental impact.

Implementation Plan and Timeline

Developing an implementation plan and timeline is crucial for turning your farming business plan into action. In this section, we will guide you through the process of creating a detailed implementation plan, including the sequential steps and milestones to be achieved. We will also discuss project management techniques to ensure the timely execution of your farming operations.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluating the performance of your farming business is essential for making informed decisions and identifying areas for improvement. This section will delve into key performance indicators (KPIs), data tracking tools, and periodic evaluation methods. We will guide you in setting up a robust monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the success of your farming operations.

How long does it take to create a farming business plan?

Are there any specific government incentives for farming businesses in south africa.

Yes, the South African government offers various incentives and support programs for the agricultural sector. These include funding opportunities, training initiatives, and tax incentives. It is advisable to consult with local agricultural authorities or business development organizations for detailed information.

What are some key risks involved in farming businesses?

Can i start a farming business with limited capital.

Starting a farming business with limited capital is possible, but careful financial planning and resource management are essential. Consider alternative funding sources, such as government grants or loans, and explore cost-effective farming techniques to optimize your initial investment.

How can I market my farming products effectively?

In conclusion, establishing a farming business in South Africa requires meticulous planning , market analysis, and a solid business plan. By following the guidelines provided in this article, you will be well-equipped to embark on your farming journey with confidence. Remember to adapt and evolve your strategies as the agricultural landscape changes, and always prioritize sustainability and customer satisfaction.

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Poultry Farm Business Plan

Over the past 20+ years, we have helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans to start and grow their poultry farms. On this page, we will first give you some background information with regards to the importance of business planning. We will then go through a poultry farm business plan template step-by-step so you can create your plan today.

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What is a Poultry Farm Business Plan?

A business plan provides a snapshot of your poultry farm as it stands today, and lays out your growth plan for the next five years. It explains your business goals and your strategy for reaching them. It also includes market research to support your plans.

Why You Need a Business Plan for a Poultry Farm

If you’re looking to start a poultry farm, or grow your existing poultry farm, you need a business plan. A business plan will help you raise funding, if needed, and plan out the growth of your poultry farm in order to improve your chances of success. Your poultry farming business plan is a living document that should be updated annually as your company grows and changes.

Sources of Funding for Poultry Farms

With regards to funding, the main sources of funding for a poultry farm are personal savings, credit cards, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, bank loans, and angel investors. With regards to bank loans, banks will want to review your business plan and gain confidence that you will be able to repay your loan and interest. To acquire this confidence, the loan officer will not only want to confirm that your financials are reasonable, but they will also want to see a professional plan. Such a plan will give them the confidence that you can successfully and professionally operate a business. Personal savings and USDA FSA loans are the most common funding paths for poultry farm.

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How to write a business plan for a chicken farm.

If you want to start a poultry farm or expand your current one, you need a business plan. We detail each section of a traditional business plan for a poultry farming business.

Executive Summary

Your executive summary provides an introduction to your business plan, but it is normally the last section you write because it provides a summary of each key section of your plan.

The goal of your Executive Summary is to quickly engage the reader. Explain to them the type of poultry farm you are operating and its status. For example, are you a startup, do you have a poultry farm business that you would like to grow, or are you operating poultry farm businesses in multiple locations?

Next, provide an overview of each of the subsequent sections of your plan. For example, give a brief overview of the poultry farm industry. Discuss the type of poultry farm you are operating. Detail your direct competitors. Give an overview of your target customers. Provide a snapshot of your marketing plan. Identify the key members of your team. And offer an overview of your financial plan.  

Company Analysis

In your company analysis, you will detail the type of poultry farm you are operating.

For example, you might operate one of the following types of poultry farms:

  • Breeder Farms : this type of poultry farm produces hatching eggs for delivery to the hatchery. After the 21 day incubation period, the hatchery then delivers the baby chicks to the broiler houses.
  • Broiler Farms: this type of farm produces a 2.5 lb. to 8 lb. bird in 4 to 8 weeks which is processed for various types of retail sale to consumers, grocery stores or fast food chains as whole birds, cut-up breast, wings, thigh, drumsticks, deboned breast meat, or further processed pieces.
  • Pullet Farms: this type of poultry farm produces pullets and roosters to be delivered to a breeder hen house at 20-22 weeks old when they are sexually mature to breed and lay eggs.

In addition to explaining the type of poultry farming business you will operate, the Company Analysis section of your business plan needs to provide background on the business.

Include answers to question such as:

  • When and why did you start the business?
  • What milestones have you achieved to date? Milestones could include the number of chickens and/or turkeys produced, number of production contracts, etc.
  • Your legal structure. Are you incorporated as an S-Corp? An LLC? A sole proprietorship? Explain your legal structure here.

Industry Analysis

In your industry analysis, you need to provide an overview of the poultry farm industry.

While this may seem unnecessary, it serves multiple purposes.

First, researching the poultry farm industry educates you. It helps you understand the market in which you are operating.

Secondly, market research can improve your strategy, particularly if your research identifies market trends.

The third reason for market research is to prove to readers that you are an expert in your industry. By conducting the research and presenting it in your plan, you achieve just that.

The following questions should be answered in the industry analysis section of your poultry farming business plan:

  • How big is the poultry farm industry (in dollars)?
  • Is the market declining or increasing?
  • Who are the key competitors in the market?
  • Who are the key suppliers in the market?
  • What trends are affecting the industry?
  • What is the industry’s growth forecast over the next 5 – 10 years?
  • What is the relevant market size? That is, how big is the potential market for your poultry farm business? You can extrapolate such a figure by assessing the size of the market in the entire country and then applying that figure to your target market.

Customer Analysis

The customer analysis section of your poultry farming business plan must detail the customers you serve and/or expect to serve.

The following are examples of customer segments: processors, grocery stores, and restaurants.

As you can imagine, the customer segment(s) you choose will have a great impact on the type of poultry farm business you operate. Clearly, processors would respond to different marketing promotions than restaurants, for example.

Try to break out your target customers in terms of their demographic and psychographic profiles. With regards to demographics, include a discussion of the ages, genders, locations and income levels of the customers you seek to serve. Because most poultry farm businesses primarily serve customers living in their same region, such demographic information is easy to find on government websites.

Psychographic profiles explain the wants and needs of your target customers. The more you can understand and define these needs, the better you will do in attracting and retaining your customers.

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Competitive Analysis

Your competitive analysis should identify the indirect and direct competitors your business faces and then focus on the latter.

Direct competitors are other poultry farm businesses.

Indirect competitors are other options that customers have to purchase from that aren’t direct competitors. This includes producers of other meat such as beef, pork, or fish, as well as producers of meat alternatives. You need to mention such competition as well.

With regards to direct competition, you want to describe the other poultry farms with which you compete. Most likely, your direct competitors will be poultry farms located very close to your location.

For each such competitor, provide an overview of their businesses and document their strengths and weaknesses. Unless you once worked at your competitors’ businesses, it will be impossible to know everything about them. But you should be able to find out key things about them such as:

  • What types of customers do they serve?
  • What kinds of poultry do they produce (breeders, broilers, pullets)?
  • What is their pricing (premium, low, etc.)?
  • What are they good at?
  • What are their weaknesses?

With regards to the last two questions, think about your answers from the customers’ perspective. And don’t be afraid to ask your competitors’ customers what they like most and least about them.

The final part of your competitive analysis section is to document your areas of competitive advantage. For example:

  • Will you use superior production methods?
  • Will you provide services that your competitors don’t offer?
  • Will you provide better customer service?
  • Will you offer better pricing?

Think about ways you will outperform your competition and document them in this section of your plan.  

Marketing Plan

Traditionally, a marketing plan includes the four P’s: Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. For a poultry farm business plan, your marketing plan should include the following:

Product : In the product section, you should reiterate the type of poultry farm company that you documented in your Company Analysis. Then, detail the specific products you will be offering. For example, in addition to traditional poultry, will you provide organic or cage-free poultry?

Price : Document the prices you will offer and how they compare to your competitors. Essentially in the product and price sub-sections of your marketing plan, you are presenting the products and services you offer and their prices.

Place : Place refers to the location of your poultry farm company. Document your location and mention how the location will impact your success. For example, is your poultry farm located near a processing facility, near a transportation hub, etc. Discuss how your location might be the ideal location for your customers.

Promotions : The final part of your poultry farm marketing plan is the promotions section. Here you will document how you will drive customers to your location(s). The following are some promotional methods you might consider:

  • Advertising in trade papers and magazines
  • Reaching out to local agriculture extension offices
  • Social media marketing
  • Local radio advertising

Operations Plan

While the earlier sections of your business plan explained your goals, your operations plan describes how you will meet them. Your operations plan should have two distinct sections as follows.

Everyday short-term processes include all of the tasks involved in running your poultry farm, including animal care / feeding, flock supervision, animal transportation, sourcing feed, etc.

Long-term goals are the milestones you hope to achieve. These could include the dates when you expect to sign your 20th production contract, or when you hope to reach $X in revenue. It could also be when you expect to expand your poultry farm to a new location.  

Management Team

To demonstrate your poultry farm’s ability to succeed, a strong management team is essential. Highlight your key players’ backgrounds, emphasizing those skills and experiences that prove their ability to grow a company.

Ideally you and/or your team members have direct experience in managing poultry farms. If so, highlight this experience and expertise. But also highlight any experience that you think will help your business succeed.

If your team is lacking, consider assembling an advisory board. An advisory board would include 2 to 8 individuals who would act like mentors to your business. They would help answer questions and provide strategic guidance. If needed, look for advisory board members with experience in managing farms or successfully running small businesses.  

Financial Plan

Your financial plan should include your 5-year financial statement broken out both monthly or quarterly for the first year and then annually. Your financial statements include your income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statements.

Income Statement

An income statement is more commonly called a Profit and Loss statement or P&L. It shows your revenues and then subtracts your costs to show whether you turned a profit or not.

In developing your income statement, you need to devise assumptions. For example, will you supply 50 restaurants, or produce 2,000 birds for processing each month? And will sales grow by 2% or 10% per year? As you can imagine, your choice of assumptions will greatly impact the financial forecasts for your business. As much as possible, conduct research to try to root your assumptions in reality.

Balance Sheets

Balance sheets show your assets and liabilities. While balance sheets can include much information, try to simplify them to the key items you need to know about. For instance, if you spend $50,000 on building out your poultry farming business, this will not give you immediate profits. Rather it is an asset that will hopefully help you generate profits for years to come. Likewise, if a bank writes you a check for $50,000, you don’t need to pay it back immediately. Rather, that is a liability you will pay back over time.

Cash Flow Statement

Your cash flow statement will help determine how much money you need to start or grow your business, and make sure you never run out of money. What most entrepreneurs and business owners don’t realize is that you can turn a profit but run out of money and go bankrupt.

In developing your Income Statement and Balance Sheets be sure to include several of the key costs needed in starting or growing a poultry farm business:

  • Location build-out including design fees, construction, etc.
  • Cost of equipment and supplies
  • Payroll or salaries paid to staff
  • Business insurance
  • Taxes and permits
  • Legal expenses

Attach your full financial projections in the appendix of your plan along with any supporting documents that make your plan more compelling. For example, you might include your farm title or lease, or blueprints of the production facility.  

Putting together a business plan for your poultry farm is a worthwhile endeavor. If you follow the template above, by the time you are done, you will truly be an expert. You will really understand the poultry farm industry, your competition, and your customers. You will have developed a marketing plan and will really understand what it takes to launch and grow a successful poultry farming business.  

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“I’m at the point where I don’t know if I can keep my home,” she said.

According to State Farm, such cases of cancellation amounted to only 2 percent of policies in the state. But it still means homeowners like Lafollette have few good options.

It’s also a problem for a growing share of Americans.

One 2023 estimate, released by the industry group Insurance Information Institute, concluded that 12 percent of homeowners had no insurance in 2022, up from just 5 percent in 2019.

Another more recent study , released by the Consumer Federation of America in March, reported a lower share of uninsured — 7.4 percent — but that estimate is based on 2021 data from the American Housing Survey, which the Census Bureau conducts every two years. The organization will revise that share upward once 2023 numbers come out, said the CFA’s director of housing, Sharon Cornelissen.

Most uninsured homeowners are those who have paid off their mortgage and are no longer required to have insurance. Among those who own their home outright, the CFA estimates roughly 14 percent are uninsured, with low-income and minority homeowners especially at risk. Among mortgage holders, only 2 percent opt to go without coverage.

Experts say this trend is driven by the escalating threat of climate change — which has forced insurers to make larger and larger payouts — and skyrocketing housing prices. Both trends are pushing the cost of policies up. On average, home insurance policies rose 11.3 percent in 2023, according to S&P Global.

Compounding the problem, some insurance providers are pulling out of disaster-prone areas as a result of rising payouts — leaving former policyholders with fewer and more expensive alternatives.

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Homeowners like Lafollette say they’re not going without insurance by choice. When their policies are discontinued, they’re unable to find an alternative.

Such a decision carries great risk, said Mark Friedlander, director of corporate communications for the Insurance Information Institute. “It’s very unrealistic for any homeowner to think they can pay for catastrophic losses out of pocket,” he said.

The uptick in homeowners forgoing coverage is especially striking given that lenders require mortgage-loan applicants to carry insurance.

In extreme cases, a homeowner’s decision to stop paying for a policy can be considered a form of default and even lead to foreclosure, Friedlander noted.

A more common route is that a bank will simply select a plan and impose the costs on the uninsured homeowner. But that coverage is unlikely to cover natural disasters, Cornelissen said.

Meanwhile, companies like State Farm have made headlines after announcing that they would not renew policies in wildfire-prone counties like Santa Cruz. In other states, like Iowa, homeowners are finding that their insurance companies are abandoning them as climate change increases the possibility of natural disasters.

Those companies say they can no longer make a profit insuring homeowners in those regions. The problem is not just cost. Reinsurance companies, like Swiss Re, that provide insurance to insurance providers in the event of a catastrophe are also charging more, raising costs for companies like State Farm, said Marco Giacoletti, assistant professor of finance and business economics for the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

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In addition, in California’s case, insurance companies must use historical data, rather than forward-looking models, when they price insurance plans. That means their policies may not reflect the actual risk they’re supposed to hedge against, he added.

“With climate change, you want to use forward-looking models,” Giacoletti said. “Insurance companies are not able to price their plans properly,” leading to sustained losses after climate-driven disasters.

In California’s case, the insurance commissioner in March approved a rate increase of 20 percent, as requested by State Farm.

Homeowners who have been dropped from their policies have few substitutes in an increasingly expensive market.

Lafollette’s husband is a disabled veteran, and the family has developed a support network in Santa Cruz, which makes moving a less-than-ideal option. For now, their community has invested in expensive upgrades intended to reduce fire risk, with the hope that it can convince insurance companies to continue their policies.

“It was very hard to convince our community to buy in to do these things,” Lafollette said. “[But] none of us can afford to lose our insurance. And we thought if we do these things, we won’t lose our insurance.”

The statistics don’t fully capture the extent of homeowners’ dilemma.

Kathleen Haughton, for example, moved to California’s Butte Valley from Paradise after her hometown was destroyed in 2018’s devastating Camp Fire .

She needed a loan to rebuild her house, which meant buying insurance. Her cheapest option was $7,000 a year for a California Fair plan, which offers insurance to people who can’t buy from major companies.

Priced out of that option, Haughton bought a $1,200-a-year plan that doesn’t cover natural disasters — and hopes that the Camp Fire was a once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe.

“I figured if I lose everything again, that’s God’s plan,” she said.

Experts see the experience of homeowners like Haughton and Lafollette as a grim harbinger of things to come with a heating planet.

“People are really feeling climate change,” said Emily Schlickman, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental design at the University of California at Davis who studies climate adaptation. “Not being able to get insurance is one of the first ways we’re coming to terms with our new reality,” she said.

Patrick Cooley is a freelance journalist who previously covered agriculture and commodities for The Messenger and environmental and agricultural issues for the USA Today Network.

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Talking about your loved one's final hours can be difficult. However, an uncomfortable conversation about the worst case scenario can ease the pain and grief when it arrives. Life insurance for families will ease the logistics of death so you can focus on your family. 

Our Top Picks for the Best Life Insurance for Families

  • Best for customer service: State Farm Life Insurance
  • Best for pregnant individuals: AIG Life Insurance
  • Best for child riders: Protective Life
  • Best for military families: USAA Life Insurance
  • Best for low-income families: Mass Mutual Life Insurance
  • Best for affordability: Banner Life Insurance
  • Best for whole life policies: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Best for universal survivorship policies: Prudential Life Insurance

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The best family life insurance companies offer highly customizable policies so you can tailor your plan to your family's needs. In choosing the best family life insurance, we looked at the policies that would suit the needs of certain family situations like military families and expectant families. We also looked for the best policies for family-specific plans such as survivorship policies.

Here are our picks for the best family life insurance in 2024.

Best in customer service: State Farm

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Bundling is standard, and agents often quote with multiple discounts.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Best in JD Power customer service ratings
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Company offers a range of different insurance products to meet buyer needs
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Agents are knowledgeable about its products
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Life insurance products are conservative and limited
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Buyers may be subject to multi-year waiting periods before they qualify for full payouts on life insurance policies
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. State Farm agents cannot offer alternative options if State Farm is unable to bind a life insurance policy

State Farm is one of the insurance industry's most prominent insurers offering auto, home, and other insurance. Bundling is standard, and agents often quote with multiple discounts. Its term, universal, and whole life insurance products are no exception.

  • Life insurance products include term and permanent life
  • Ranks highly for customer satisfaction

We are kicking off our list with our top pick based on JD Power's customer service rankings: State Farm. State Farm offers family life insurance to protect all members of your immediate family under one policy. The provider is also known for its top-rated customer service and high financial strength ratings. In addition, it continues to create great user experiences.

State Farm sells term, whole, and universal policies at up to $10 million in coverage. To obtain the family insurance bundle, you must purchase State Farm's Select Term or Whole Life plan. You can add a term rider and children's rider to cover the rest of your family.

State Farm's term rider provides additional coverage for you or another person on a select term or whole-life policy. With this rider, premiums remain level for 10 to 30 years, depending on your policy's term length. Additionally, this rider allows you to convert your term policy to a permanent policy if needed. State Farm's child rider provides up to $20,000 in death benefits per child. You'll only need to purchase the rider once to cover all current and future children. Your child qualifies for coverage from 15 days old to 25 years old when you can terminate the rider. Then your child can convert to permanent coverage.

Read our State Farm Life Insurance review here.

Best for pregnant individuals: AIG

AIG AIG Life Insurance

Get $250,000 of Term Life Insurance Coverage for as low as $13 per month.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Guaranteed life insurance available for seniors between 50 and 80
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High financial strength and customer service ratings
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Some policies only have benefits up to $25,000
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. AIG may not offer more extensive death benefits for seniors

If you're pregnant, you may find it challenging, if not impossible, to find insurance past a certain point of your pregnancy. Fortunately, Corebridge Financial, formerly the American International Group (AIG), is friendly to expectant parents. While most providers will postpone your application if you're past the first trimester, AIG Corebridge offers coverage at any stage of your pregnancy, given that you're healthy.

Additionally, the insurance company provides a built-in terminal illness rider for all its policies. So, if you become terminally ill, you won't have to rely on your family to shoulder the hefty medical bills. Instead, you can draw from your death benefit to cover the expenses. AIG Financial also offers a child rider for up to $25,000 coverage per child.

Read our AIG Life Insurance review here.

Best for child riders: Protective

PLICO Protective Life

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Customizable term, whole, and universal life insurance plans
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Life insurance options for older adults
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High customer satisfaction according to JD Power
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Basic terms expire at 65, and Protective Life may not offer whole or universal policies for older adults
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Does not offer policies for special groups

A child rider pays out a death benefit, usually for funeral expenses, if your child passes away. You can often add this rider to your policy regardless of your child's health status. If you're looking for an insurance company that offers the best deal for child riders, then Protective may be your winner.

With Protective Life, you get a maximum of $25,000 in coverage per child for all future and current children. When your child turns 25, they can convert the rider to a permanent policy for five times the rider's face value.

To apply for an individual Protective policy, you must be between the ages of 18 to 64. In addition, if you opt to supplement your policy with a child rider, your child must be no fewer than 15 days old and no older than 18 years old.

Read our Protective Life Insurance review here.

Best for military families: USAA

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  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable pricing starting with $12/month on some policies
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. May offer coverage to military members other companies won't cover
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Offers term and permanent life insurance options
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. 2 year waiting period for full benefits on some policies
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. May focus on death benefits only more than other companies
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. All permanent policies are underwritten and serviced by other companies, not by USAA
  • USAA offers life insurance for the military, veterans, and the public.

USAA's insurance policies and financial services were designed with military members, reserve members, veterans, and their families in mind. However, USAA offers its life insurance policies to the general public. Unsurprisingly, rates are highly competitive. However, the value and diversity of plans are limited compared to other companies. The exception to this is for active military members who may not find coverage elsewhere.

If you're between 18 and 35, you may qualify for coverage. If you purchase a term life insurance policy, qualified applicants can renew their coverage until 95. However, like many insurance policies, you may see higher rates, lower death benefits, and renewed waiting periods at each renewal. More importantly, life insurance companies do not guarantee renewal unless you buy an extra rider with participating life insurers. Even then, the rates and coverage amount are not guaranteed.

Your USAA insurance policy includes the Military Severe Injury Benefit rider and Life Event Option rider at no additional cost. The Military Severe Injury Benefit rider qualifies you for up to $25,000 in reimbursement if you are injured while performing military duties. The Life Event Option rider is the equivalent of a guaranteed insurability rider, which many providers charge a fee to include. This rider guarantees up to $100,000 in coverage for qualifying events like getting married or having a child.

One thing to note is many active duty military members, especially if deployed, won't qualify for life insurance with other providers. So, USAA may be the only option for active servicemembers outside of SGLI (a group life policy for those in the military), which you lose after military retirement.

Read our USAA Life Insurance review here.

Best for low-income families: MassMutual

MassMutual MassMutual Life Insurance

A++ (Superior)

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Wide array of term and permanent life coverage options 
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Established life insurance carrier with a strong reputation
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Competitive insurance premiums for both permanent and term policies
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. May not be available for seniors above age 65
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Policies must be purchased through an agent
  • Life insurance provider offering term and permanent policies
  • LifeBridge program for low-income parents and guardians
  • High marks in customer satisfaction

Filling a unique role, MassMutual's LifeBridge program offers $50,000 in free coverage for legal guardians and parents. The policy has no early withdrawal, investment options, etc. Instead, should you pass unexpectedly, the money would go into a trust for your children's education expenses.

Applicants must be in good health between 19 and 42 years old. Both parents and legal guardians are eligible for coverage. Dependents under this plan must be 19 or younger. Household income is also capped at $40,000, but qualifying policyholders must earn at least $10,000 annually.

Read our MassMutual Life Insurance review here.

Best for affordability: Banner

Legal & General America Banner Life Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable insurance rates for adults up to age 75, 85 for universal policies
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. No maximum coverage on some policies
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High financial stability
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Low coverage amounts on universal policies
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited riders to customize coverage

Banner Life is our top pick for affordability because it offers the best bang for your buck. The provider has excellent financial health marks and provides a best-in-class no-medical exam option. In addition, applicants between 20 and 75 years old may apply for life insurance with no cap on coverage for up to 40 term years.

Underwriting at Banner Life is lenient to those with disabilities, mental health issues, and high blood pressure. However, if you have severe health complications like HIV and cancer, you may not qualify for coverage. Above all else, Banner aims to provide affordable options for many insureds. If you're looking for HIV-specific policies, companies like Guardian are increasingly progressive, but restrictions will still apply.

Read our Banner Life Insurance review here.

Best for whole life policies: Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Strong financial stability rating
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High customer satisfaction
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Company offers advising and financial planning
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. No easy way to get a quote to compare prices
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Life insurance agents may not be able to effectively discuss the full range of available Northwestern Mutual life insurance products
  • 5/5 for claims satisfaction according to JD Power
  • Offers whole, universal, variable universal, and term life insurance policies

If you're looking for a comprehensive whole life policy to protect your family, look no further than Northwestern Mutual. The insurance company is recognized for its customer satisfaction and high marks in financial stability.

Northwestern Mutual's Whole Life Plus policy is highly customizable. You can pay more or less on your policy, depending on when you'd like to have your policy funded and stop paying premiums. You can also supplement your whole life insurance plan with a term life policy for more death benefits at a better rate.

Northwestern Mutual doesn't offer a child rider. However, unlike many major insurance providers, your child can qualify for a whole-life policy as the company doesn't have a minimum age requirement. Therefore, your child can start taking advantage of the lucrative cash value component and grow with their policy as they age. Once your child reaches working age, they can explore options for more coverage with Northwestern Mutual or other companies. However, a child policy gives them a headstart.

Read our Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance review here.

Best for universal survivorship policies: Prudential

Prudential Prudential Life Insurance

Offers aggressive financial plans.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Available in all 50 states (New York residents may have different plans)
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Buyers can withdraw money to pay for nursing home bills due to severe illness or disability
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Knowledgeable agents who can walk you through your options
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Financial returns are limited
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited policy options for seniors and other groups who might struggle to find life insurance

The aggressive financial plans offered by Prudential may appeal to many younger buyers and those with a stable income. However, those with lower income or buyers who aren't sure about the financial system may be more hesitant to engage with Prudential. Like many other industry giants, Prudential is working to change this perception.

Prudential is a reputable company offering an affordable second-to-die or survivorship policy. A survivorship policy covers two people on a single, which is typically more affordable than buying two separate permanent policies.

It applies age and other restrictions to the second insured. However, policy payments can continue as long as the second party is alive. Any early withdrawal options also apply during both insured buyers' lifetimes. The idea is to maximize your benefits over time.

Prudential's joint life insurance comes with a no-lapse guarantee, meaning your policy will remain in force for a set number of years even if your cash value drops to zero as long as you pay your premiums.

You may even get approved for this policy if your partner doesn't qualify for an individual policy. Its universal policies track the S&P 500. So you can gain substantial cash value growth to meet your long-term wealth-building and retirement goals.

Read our Prudential Life Insurance review here.

How to Pick the Best Family Life Insurance

No one wants to think of death when it comes to their family. However, it is vital to prepare for the inevitable, including death, retirement, illness, and more pleasant things like college costs. Therefore, buyers should consider a few factors when shopping for life insurance.

  • Budget : The average term life insurance policy is between $40 and $55. You can snag a cheaper rate, but keep in mind inexpensive doesn't equal quality. Additionally, permanent life insurance policies tend to hover on the expensive end of the pricing spectrum. If you're older or have preexisting conditions, expect higher premiums than the industry average.
  • Occupation and lifestyle: Do you have a risky hobby like skydiving or a dangerous job like mining? Unfortunately, you may have to shell over more coverage. However, you can get the best rate by shopping for high-quality providers.
  • Health : Healthy individuals typically have no issue purchasing a life insurance policy. However, providers consider smokers and applicants with certain preexisting medical conditions higher in the risk class, therefore, more costly to insure. Some health conditions may preclude you from life insurance in general. We look at diverse options to ensure readers have essential resources to make informed decisions.
  • Length and coverage amount: Think about your long-term financial plans and how life insurance may help you optimize your goals. If you're looking to maximize your term life insurance policy, some companies will insure you for over 40 years with over $1 million in coverage. Alternatively, for the best prices in the long term and wealth-building opportunities, it's often better to apply for whole-life policies at a younger age.
  • Age: Age is a significant factor in underwriting life insurance policies, primarily because age-related conditions constitute a higher risk. Younger policyholders tend to get better rates. If you're a shopper over 60 years old, look into companies serving senior clients at a lower price with benefits to meet your needs, like AARP or Prudential.
  • Company trustworthiness: Death is a stressful event for anyone. So you want to work with a reliable company offering good customer service to make the process easier. To evaluate the financial health and a company's track record for quality customer service, we suggest reviewing a company's AM Best and JD Power's customer satisfaction life insurance score to determine a company's trustworthiness.

Why You Should Trust Us: How We Reviewed the Best Family Life Insurance

We choose the best family life insurance based on a company's customer satisfaction points, financial stability ratings, affordability, company offerings, and exclusions.

To compare the quality of a company's customer service, we used JD Power's life insurance customer satisfaction survey. 5,000 participants submitted their experiences with different companies, and this data was compiled into an average score for each company. The industry average is 774 points out of 1,000, meaning companies scoring above deliver better customer service than its competitors.

Financial strength determines a company's ability to pay claims and meet other financial obligations. To evaluate an insurance company's financial health, we sourced data from AM Best, an industry-leading credit rating agency. A company with an A++ to B+ is considered stable and likely to withstand economic downturns. On the other hand, anything lower than a B means a company is unstable or unable to meet its financial obligations.

To compare company offerings, we look at several aspects of a policy, including but not limited to riders, policy flexibility, no medical exam life insurance options, and instant approvals. We also look at agent training. For instance, some life insurance companies train agents to sell term life insurance policies with the idea that it's cheaper or you can convert later. Others provide a full range of life insurance products, and agents can walk customers through every step of the shopping experience with extensive knowledge.

Factors like age, health, and lifestyle will influence your premiums. So the average life insurance premiums will vary based on your risk class. However, we do our best to compare policy rates from the same demographic profile to determine which plans offer the most competitive price.

Read more about how Business Insider rates insurance products here.

Best Family Life Insurance FAQs

Yes, you can buy life insurance for your whole family. Different options are available to cover your entire family, depending on your chosen insurance company. 

Consider purchasing at least 10 to 20 times your household income in coverage. Licensed life insurance agents can also run estimates for you. Most importantly, don't jump to conclusions about the price of specific policies. Pricing for comprehensive policies is often surprisingly affordable, especially if you buy life insurance when you're still young.

It depends on the severity of the condition. Some companies offer policies with medical underwriting, while others offer guaranteed issue options for those with health issues.

In joint life insurance, the policy pays out and terminates upon the first death. In survivorship life insurance, the policy pays out after the second death.

Your ability to add or remove family members from a policy depends on the policy type and company. Some policies are more flexible than others.

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