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Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Posted May 2005 Customer demand for high-quality, unique specialty food products is growing rapidly.

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Many farmers are interested in processing specialty foods from the fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products and grains they are already producing. Successful specialty food enterprises, however, require careful financial planning. CIAS has developed a spreadsheet to help farmers make financial and management decisions about new or existing specialty food enterprises. This spreadsheet can help farmers pinpoint their expenses, determine prices for their products, and decide if a specialty foods enterprise will turn a profit. This budget was developed using Microsoft Excel 2000. “Suggestions for Use” are also linked here as a PDF file. The budget form might seem long and complex, at first glance. You will need to save a copy of the enterprise budget on your own computer in order to add your own figures.

Specialty Foods Budget (Microsoft Excel 2000 file) Bluelab - Digital pH or ppm meters to measure pH, conductivity, temperature of solution. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. UPDATED for 2015!

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

There are very few enterprise budgets for organic crops, particularly for fruit and vegetable crops. We feel these organic enterprise budgets are an important tool in helping organic producers make decisions about what crops to grow, how much to grow, and how to allocated their resources to meet their production goals. CFSA has created organic enterprise budgets for 10 organic fruit and vegetables, with production specific to the Carolinas. These budgets were created in 2014 and updated in 2015 for even better performance and utility. How to Use these UPDATED Organic Enterprise Budgets The budgets have been developed in two formats, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

To use the 2015 Organic Enterprise Budgets developed in Microsoft Word: Select the budget for the crop you are interested in.Open the file and save it to your computer. The 2015 Organic Enterprise Budgets developed in Microsoft Excel enable users to calculate their own projected costs and returns. Questions? Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Arkansas family runs booming hydroponics farm - Gate House. BATESVILLE, Ark.

Arkansas family runs booming hydroponics farm - Gate House

(AP) — Five years ago David Hughes never dreamed he'd one day be operating a hydroponic farm, but he knew he'd have to do something. His family was growing, the economy was in a downturn, and it was time to make a change. Today, David and his wife, Ami, are operating Micmak Farms, growing vegetables that never touch dirt. It's a year-round operation, rather than seasonal, and it was David and Ami's answer to their toils. "We were looking for another career and our family was maturing," Hughes said, "so we were needing more income. ...

One of those jobs was farming. At the end of the ride, they entered through a greenhouse and saw the future of farming, with hydroponics. Back at home, he found the company and ordered his own. He also previously managed a transloading facility in West Memphis and worked for Mid-South Bulk, an offshoot of Silica Transport in Guion. Ami attended Batesville schools up through 10th grade, then was home-schooled.

Endless Sun Produce. Is produce from Endless Sun farms organic?

Endless Sun Produce

Endless Sun Produce is not currently certified organic. We are hoping to become certified by the end of 2014. Garden Tower Project - The Garden Tower Project. Future Growing® LLC. A Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics. Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics – by Colle Davis, Phil Estes and Phyllis Davis Read Five New Ebooks About Aquaponics-Related Topics Written by Colle and Phyllis Davis, Inventors, Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems For more detailed information about these books: CLICK HERE.

A Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics

With an RO I (Return on Investment) of three to five years, and the possibility that by addressing a specific local market needed to produce a specialty crop such as kale, basil or bok choy, and reducing the ROI to less than two years, investors start to take notice. Starting a Hydroponics Business - Becoming an Entrepreneur. Opening a hydroponics business is your ticket to owning a good, stable business but it's important to plan out the business in detail before you start.

Starting a Hydroponics Business - Becoming an Entrepreneur

This article contains tips and advice on the startup process. Thinking about opening a hydroponics business? We tell you what you need to know to get started. At first you need hydroponics as a hobby. Hobby hydroponics is the first step toward success.

At first you need hydroponics as a hobby.

The following is based on information taken from H L Saffell's book: "HYDRO 1 - Hydroponic News". If you would like a copy for your own, CLICK HERE. The following has been taken in part from an article listed in the Library section of the Hydroponic Society of America's web site at ( I know of a company in this industry that started out with just a few tomato plants in their basement several years ago. Now they operate about 25,000 square feet of greenhouse space, and their annual sales exceed $200,000. What is it that made the one company fail, while the other thrives? Winston Churchill once said, "It is not enough to do your best, sometimes it is necessary to do what is required.

" We are constantly receiving phone calls or visits from people interested in becoming commercial hydroponic growers. Please keep in mind, however, that it is not enough just to have experience. You will also have the opportunity to make unlimited profits. Starting a Business. 中文 | 한국어 | TiếngViệt | Pусский Listed below are links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business, as well as information to assist in making basic business decisions.

Starting a Business

The list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business. Information about specific industries can be found on the Industries/Professions Web page. For information regarding state-level requirements for starting and operating a business, please refer to your state's website. Rate the Small Business and Self-Employed Website. FoodCrunch.