AgGuide - How To Write A Business Plan and Review Farm Performance

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Author:   NSW DPI
Publisher:   NSW Agriculture
Format:   Softback
ISBN:   9780731306282
Product Id:   4748

Even when the weather is fine and seas are calm, good sailors don't relax completely.

They make sure their boat is on course and in good shape and they constantly watch for any change in the weather. It's the same in farming.

A successful farm business plans its direction, keeps its eye on the farm's performance and watches for any changes that might be ahead.

This book shows how to write a business plan, how to monitor the performance of the farm business and how to decide if changes are needed to keep the business on track.

A business plan is a great tool for any farm. It helps owners, managers and other stakeholders to develop a shared vision for the future and adopt a strategic approach to achieving that vision.

A well-prepared plan can help to keep the farm business viable, profitable and satisfying for those involved.

Shows how to build your own comprehensive business plan, step-by-step. Identify strengths and weaknesses. Choose key performance indicators. Lots of worksheets and examples.

Table of contents

  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Before you start

    Why prepare a business plan
    Where does a business plan fit in with your management?
    What size and scope for your business plan?
    Who should develop a business plan?
    Where should a business plan be stored?
    Wha't in a farm business plan?

  • Chapter 2: How to write a farm business plan

    Who will participate in the planning process?
    Where are we now?
    Where do we want to be?
    How do we get there?

  • Chapter 3: Monitor and review farm business performance

    Performance indicators - what to measure
    Monitoring financial performance
    Indicators of financial performance
    Farm business records
    Compare and evaluate
    Review, revise and adjust plans

  • Chapter 4: Resources, further information and support

    On-line resources
    Advice, support and training
  • Appendix 1: Partial budget
  • Appendix 2: Gross margin budgets
  • Appendix 3: Development budget