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Department of Community Sustainability


Food & Health



  • BOLETÍN E-3410SP: Afilando la Sierra: Manteniéndose Nítido en el Negocio

    Published on November 9, 2021
    Un boletín que se centra en el uso de los presupuestos empresariales para ayudar a los agricultores principiantes a obtener una comprensión firme de los ingresos, los gastos y la rentabilidad.

  • BOLETÍN E-3407SP: Cómo motivar a su prestamista para que diga "sí"

    Published on November 9, 2021
    Un boletín de la serie DEMaND para agricultores principiantes de MSU Extension con sugerencias para ayudar a los agricultores principiantes a comprender el proceso de préstamos para obtener financiamiento agrícola.

  • Meeting Farm Stress Needs with Tools, Resources and Education

    Published on June 8, 2021
    Agricultural professionals and their families face unique mental health challenges and often have limited access to mental health providers. Educational programs can help strengthen knowledge of mental health.

  • Combating the Opioid Crisis through Outreach and Education

    Published on July 20, 2020
    Over 130 people die every day from opioid overdose in the United States, and nearly 3 in 4 of Michigan’s overdose deaths are attributable to opioids.

  • Helping Farmers & Agricultural Professionals Manage Stress

    Published on July 20, 2020
    Through MSU Extension’s farm stress programming, farmers, their families and agricultural professionals alike learned stress management techniques, about resources to get through tough times, ways to communicate with farmers under stress and more.

  • Assessing Farm Stress

    Published on July 2, 2020
    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 2, 2020, focuses on assessing farm stress, presented by Eric Karbowski, MSU Extension behavior health educator.

  • Farmers Helping Farmers with Farm Stress

    Published on March 30, 2020
    Knowing the signs and symptoms of stress in agriculture is critical. The webinar will also describe warning signs of suicide and available resources to help support someone in need.

  • Bulletin E-3410: Understanding Enterprise Budgets and Economic Profit

    Published on February 5, 2020
    A bulletin by MSU Extension's Beginning Farmer DEMaND Series focusing on the use of enterprise budgets to help beginning farmers obtain a firm grasp on revenues, expenses, and profitability.

  • Income Statement Worksheet

    Published on August 23, 2019
    Use this worksheet to convert Schedule F tax information to an accrual adjusted income statement.

  • FINPACK Balance Sheet

    Published on August 23, 2019
    List current-, intermediate- and long-term farm assets as well as liabilities.

  • Balance Sheet Prep Template with Supporting Schedules

    Published on August 22, 2019
    Balance Sheet Preparation Template with Supporting Schedules (Cash Based Tax Payer).

  • Bulletin E-3407: How to Motivate Your Lender to Say, “Yes”

    Published on July 31, 2019
    A bulletin by MSU Extension's Beginning Farmer DEMaND Series with suggestions to help beginning farmer understand the lending process in order to obtain farm financing.

  • Emergency Hay and Silage Forage Crops

    Published on July 12, 2019
    Forage shortages can be good news for growers who are able to harvest because prices may be strong, but are bad news for those unable to harvest.

  • Delayed Planting Resources

    Published on June 24, 2019
    Wet weather and flooding resulted in severely delayed planting and a need to adjust farm management practices. MSU Extension's statewide network of agricultural educators work with farmers and provide informative articles to assist in decision making.

  • Creating a spending plan

    Published on June 19, 2019
    For farmers dealing with variable income, low commodity prices and increasing debt, a spending plan can be a useful tool in managing farm family finances or their household (nonbusiness) finances.

  • Turning Personal Skills into Income

    Published on June 19, 2019
    Exploring ways farm families can turn their technical, trade and management skills into supplemental income-producing opportunities.

  • How to Talk with Farmers Under Stress

    Published on June 19, 2019
    Warning signs of stress and ways you can help a farmer you know who is going through a difficult time and showing signs of stress. Includes steps to take if you think a near-term crisis is likely.

  • Understanding Credit and Debt

    Published on June 19, 2019
    Helping farm families in financial distress understand the fundamentals of credit and debit, including credit scores and how to manage debt.

  • Helping Farmers Understand Net Worth

    Published on June 19, 2019
    This quick guide helps farmers understand their net worth, a net worth statement, why it is important, what you can learn from it and a sample net worth statement to fill out.

  • Coping with Grief after Losing the Farm

    Published on June 19, 2019
    Steps you can take to help work through the grief associated with losing a farm.