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Business Management and Marketing Publications & Resources

An Introduction to Third-Party Auditing in a Food-Manufacturing Facility > HTML
If you sell a food product regionally, larger distribution contacts will undoubtedly require that your manufacturing business undergo a third-party audit. This publication tells you the basics of the . . . . . more details
 

Business Management Guide for Grazers > PDF
Describes the management process for management-intensive grazing (MiG) as a series of three recurring operations—strategic, tactical, and operational. Provides sample enterprise budgets and informati . . . . . more details
 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Idaho: Seasonal Eating Week by Week > PDF
How to find Idaho food producers who share their crops with subscribers via a program known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is focus of this publication. Some 60 food producers in Idaho offer . . . . . more details
 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): A Marketing Strategy for Small Acreage Producers in Idaho > PDF
For some small-acreage producers, a CSA program is a valuable marketing strategy that contributes to whole farm sustainability. This 7-page publication helps growers think through whether CSA is right . . . . . more details
 

Consejos para emprendedores: Regulaciones para vender alimentos preparados > PDF
Como parte de la serie Consejos para Emprendedores, este boletín informativo de dos páginas proporciona información sobre cómo Idaho regula la industria de alimentos preparados. Se indican los tipos d . . . . . más detalles
 

Contribution of Agribusiness to the Magic Valley Economy, 2010 > PDF
Taking into account the ripple effects of exports from Magic Valley agribusinesses in 2010, agribusiness in the Magic Valley contributed close to 60% of the region's sales, 45% of its gross regional p . . . . . more details
 

Contribution of Agribusiness to the Magic Valley Economy, 2013 > HTML
Agriculture in the Magic Valley has grown from family farmsteads into a giant agribusiness industry, providing jobs for the valley’s residents and food for national and international markets. In 2013, . . . . . more details
 

Country of Origin Labeling and Livestock Producers > PDF
Provides background information on the new Country of Origin Labeling Law, how it might affect sales of U.S. meat, and how producers can track and provide documentation regarding the country of origin . . . . . more details
 

Creating Farmer Networks: A Toolkit for Promoting Vibrant Farm Communities > PDF
A toolkit for farmers, extension agents, community organizers, and other agricultural professionals interested in starting and maintaining a successful farmer network. The publication is divided into . . . . . more details
 

Economic Development Challenges for Small Towns in Idaho's Butte, Custer, and Lemhi Counties > PDF
Small towns in Idaho's Butte, Custer, and Lemhi counties face particular challenges because of their rugged remoteness and also because of the area's biggest, most famous employer--the Idaho National . . . . . more details
 

Ensuring Training Effectiveness—Evaluating Good Manufacturing Training > HTML
Food-manufacturing facilities spend a tremendous amount of time developing and delivering training. If employee competencies don’t improve, however, it’s important to know why. Learn the basics about . . . . . more details
 

Expanding a Business by Adding Paid Employees > PDF
Part of the Tips for Entrepreneurs series, this 3-page fact sheet provides information on what you need to do when adding paid employees to your business. Such an expansion requires applying for a f . . . . . more details
 

Expanding a Business—The Physical Site > PDF
Part of the Tips for Entrepreneurs series, this 2-page fact sheet provides information on what you need to do when expanding your business’ building or facilities: acquiring proper zoning and building . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: An Overview and Introduction > PDF
This revision summarizes benefits, drawbacks, and requirements of several direct marketing options, including farmers markets, farm or roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), U-pick, w . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Costs and Enterprise Selection > PDF
This revision covers how to do a general budget analysis for your farm-direct enterprise. Includes how to identify fixed and variable costs and do a breakeven analysis. Author: Larry Lev . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Financial Management > PDF
This revision looks at several aspects of a successful farm-direct enterprise, including benefits of good farm financial planning, explanation of important terms used in financial planning, keys to su . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Food Safety and Product Quality > PDF
This is the new, eighth publication in the Farm-direct Marketing set. Includes information on aspects of keeping your products fresh and safe, such as proper cooling, handling, and storage, chilling a . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Legal Guide to Farm-direct Marketing > PDF
This is the new, seventh publication in the "Farm-direct Marketing" series. Covers the risks and regulations associated with a farm-direct small business, including choosing and registering a limited . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Location and Facilities for On-farm Sales > PDF
This revision discusses aspects of good location and facilities for a farm-direct marketing business, including location, site selection, parking, and types of facilities (such as a roadside stand or . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Merchandising and Pricing Strategies > PDF
This revision discusses the strategies direct marketers use to make sales. It includes making a merchandising plan, display and packaging, customer service, pricing strategies and techniques, and prom . . . . . more details
 

Farm-direct Marketing: Personnel Management > PDF
This revision includes information on complying with labor laws, ways to find good employees, employee orientation and training, employee policies, and employee management. Author: Christy . . . . . more details
 

Gold Standard of Customer Relations > HTML
This curriculum for small-business managers and their employees brings a unique approach to customer service based on research into effective customer-business interactions. It frames customer service . . . . . more details
 

Marketing Alternatives for Specialty Produce > PDF
Describes marketing and farm business management for Pacific Northwest vegetable and fruit growers as well as a snapshot of practices used in specialty agriculture. Authors: Larry Burt, Cu . . . . . more details
 

Mission Statements and Strategic Goals: Bringing Businesses into Focus > PDF
Focusing a business is a challenging but worthwhile pursuit, one that earns dividends as a business matures. The best way to hone your enterprise’s trajectory is to define your strategic goals and use . . . . . more details
 

Money Management for Business Owners > PDF
Part of the Tips for Entrepreneurs series, this 2-page fact sheet tells you how to manage your business’ finances, including setting a budget, tracking income/expenses, generating financial statements . . . . . more details
 

Pasture Principles for Smaller Acreages > HTML
Ranchettes and small farms are cropping up in rural landscapes across Idaho, spurring demand for information on pasture management. This updated publication addresses the most common concerns (scripti . . . . . more details
 

Premiums and Discounts for Market Beef Cows and Bulls Sold at Auction > PDF
The results of the beef quality audits reported here will help beef producers to optimize the value of their market (cull) beef cows and bulls with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and consi . . . . . more details
 

Risk Assessment and Decision-Making Guidelines for Dairy Risk Management: Part 1 > PDF
Dairy farmers, particularly those who run small- and middle-sized enterprises, face significant economic challenges. Financial guidance is more critical than ever. This three-part series addresses thi . . . . . more details
 

Risk Assessment and Decision-Making Guidelines for Dairy Risk Management: Part 3 > PDF
Dairy farmers, particularly those who run small- and middle-sized enterprises, face significant economic challenges. Financial guidance is more critical than ever. This three-part series offers tools . . . . . more details
 

Risk Assessment and Decision-Making Guidelines for Dairy Risk Management: Part 2 > PDF
Dairy farmers, particularly those who run small- and middle-sized enterprises, face significant economic challenges. Financial guidance is more critical than ever. This three-part series offers tools . . . . . more details
 

Tips for Entrepreneurs: Regulations for Selling Prepared Foods > PDF
Part of the Tips for Entrepreneurs series, this 2-page fact sheet provides information on how Idaho regulates the prepared food industry. Included are the types of food establishments that are subject . . . . . more details
 

Understanding Budgets and the Budgeting Process > PDF
Budgeting is crucial to a business’ success. This publication helps you navigate this often intimidating task by discussing the four budget types most commonly used by agricultural producers (whole fa . . . . . more details
 


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