New Farm Management Experience Resource Guide released by MSU Extension

This publication is intended to assist beginning farmers in better understanding and demonstrating management experience

“Management experience” is a phrase that you will hear often in farm business, especially as a new decision-maker. It is an important measurement used by many agricultural services to define if you are a beginning or established farmer. As a beginning farmer, you can gain access to benefits and assistance offered to help develop your business. These offerings can include premium discounts, additional risk protection options, or financial support. However, demonstrating that you possess experience is often a common obstacle to obtaining these benefits.

In many U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, at least one to three years of experience is needed to access beginning farmer services. If you are starting a new farm or transitioning from a laborer role on an existing farm, meeting criteria can be difficult. Even established farm managers find defining and establishing management experience to be a struggle.

Bulletin E-3423: Farm Management Experience Resource Guide is a publication intended to assist you in better understanding and demonstrating management experience. It explores what sets management experience apart from knowledge gained as a farm laborer. It also reviews how you can gain experience regardless of whether you currently work on a farm or are starting a new business.

Download the latest bulletin in the Beginning Farmers DEMaND (Developing and Educating Managers and New Decision-makers) series today to begin learning how to gain and demonstrate farm management experience.

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