The Internal Analysis of Your Farm Business: What is Your Farm's Competitive Advantage?

By: Allan GrayMichael Boehlje, Craig Dobbins, & Cole Ehmke                                                     May 01, 2004

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your farm business will help you identify those activities conducted on the farm that can create a sustainable competitive advantage for the business. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary to identify those activities at which your farm business excels, not just activities that it does equally as well as its competitors. 

Unfortunately, objectively identifying strengths and weaknesses for one’s own farm business is very diffi cult to do. This publication presents a method for identifying your farm’s competitive advantage. By clarifying for yourself the farm business’s capabilities, you can take better advantage of trends and opportunities in the business environment. The information and worksheets in this publication will help you identify the capabilities of your business.

 For a PDF of the full paper, click here​​​​​.

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