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upcoming events 

Veteran Farmer Webinar Series: Food Safety and Farm Audits  (Free Series)

November 2nd @ 4pm EST: Farm Safety Record Keeping Best Practices
November 9th @ 4pm EST: Navigating the Value-Added Food Product Space - Food Safety Considerations for New Entrepreneurs 
November 16th @ 4pm EST: Farm Audits - An Introduction for Beginners

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Six Pillars of Farm Risk Management

Date and Time: Rolling Enrollment
 
Join a great team of Extension educators, specialists, faculty, and a lawyer as we present The Six Pillars of Farm Risk Management. This online course allows participants to earn a Purdue certificate! Open enrollment is available through November 2022, but early enrollment is encouraged. You can access the course and earn your certificate for only $49! 
 
The Six Pillars of Farm Risk Management will encompass a process to mitigate, transfer, and avoid risks in production, marketing, financial, legal, human resource, and social media. This 6-week online course incorporates all six pillars of contingency planning through online modules, recorded videos, and webinars with participants that can be delivered nationwide. At the end of the course, farms and agribusinesses will have written contingency plans and policies for each of the 6 pillars. Contingency plans will help businesses efficiently recover from disruptions or disasters. Through this program, managers, owners and key employees will be better prepared for disruptions and disasters that their business and/or family will inevitably encounter. 

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PAST (2022) events 

Date and Location: April 20, 2022 at University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Topics: Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Event is an annual event sponsored by the Ralph K Morris Foundation and hosted by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. This is the 10th year of the event.

The topic of of 2022 is “The Family Farm: Competence, Control and Cohesion” by keynote speaker Maria Marshall, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University and director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. 

 

Managing Farm Risk Webinar Series 

Join an experienced team of Extension educators, specialists, faculty, and a lawyer as we present the Managing Farm Risk Webinar Series. This series will encompass a techniques and tips to mitigate, transfer, and avoid risks in production, marketing, financial, legal, human resource, and social media. Risk is inherent to any business, and farms arguably face more risks than another businesses. Contingency plans will help businesses efficiently recover from disruptions or disasters. Through this webinar series, managers, owners and key employees will be better prepared for disruptions and disasters that their business and/or family will inevitably encounter. This free webinar series will consist of 6 webinars, covering: Human Resource Risk, Legal Risk, Production Risk, Social Media Risk, Marketing Risk and Financial Risk. 

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News

Own a Family business? Tips to survive the holidays 

The Grower & The Economist  | Maria I. Marshall | December 8, 2021

 

Navigating Farm Succession 

RealAg Radio  | Renee Wiatt | November 25, 2021

 

The Pandemic Forced Thousands of Businesses to Close—But New Ones Are Launching at Breakneck Speed

TIME Magazine | Maria I. Marshall | July 22, 2021

Strategies and Resources for Succession Planning - Recorded Webinar 

Roots of the Soil Webinar Series - National AgrAbility | Maria Marshall and Renee Wiatt | August 27, 2020

 

Cash Flow Problems and Resource Intermingling: Do They Affect Small Business Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of a Natural Disaster?

Purdue Agricultural Economics Report | Renee D. Wiatt, Yoon Lee, Maria I. Marshall, and Virginia S. Zuiker | October 7, 2020

 

PIFB Director Maria Marshall Appointed the Jim and Lois Ackerman Professor in Agricultural Economics

Purdue University News Release |  Sources: Jay Akridge, Christine Armes, April Heady, Maria Marshall, and Andrea Vacca | October 2, 2020

 

Traveling the Road Toward a Farm Transition

Hoard's Dairyman (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin) | Abby Bauer, citing Maria Marshall's Podcast | June 24, 2020

 

Farm Transition Planning

Center for Commercial Ag Podcast | Maria Marshall | June 24, 2020

 

Why ALL Businesses Need Job Descriptions

Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association Newsletter, Summer Edition | Renee Wiatt | June 2020

 

Why ALL Businesses Need a Plan

Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association Newsletter, Spring Edition | Renee Wiatt & Maria I. Marshall | March 2020

 

Defining Your Dreams

Vegetable Crops Hotline, 669 | Renee Wiatt & Maria Marshall | March 2020 

 

Why Advisors Need to Meet EVERYONE in the Family

Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association News | Renee Wiatt | January/February 2020

 

Poultry to Plant-Based: Animal Farmers Are Now Working with Vegans to Get Out of the Meat Business

Forbes | Jenny Splitter | January 14, 2020

"Marshall has worked with farmers transitioning from one kind of agricultural system to another—usually conventional to organic or vice versa. What she can say, generally speaking, is that transitioning a farm will always be an expensive and challenging proposition. “There’s just a lot of startup costs and knowledge that they have to gain,” she says."

 

Date and Time: April 16, 2020

Topics: The CARES Act was passed in response to the coronavirus. This session was a dialogue with Representative Roger Marshall regarding the agricultural provisions in the CARES Act. Senator Pat Roberts was also in attendance. also be participating.


(Indiana) COVID-19 Affected Business and Employee Resource Guide

The resources contained within this document are a culmination of state (Indiana) and federal efforts to combat the economic crisis created by the public health battle being waged against the novel coronavirus.
 
Topics:
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act)/H.R. 748
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law No: 116-127)
  • Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Creating a Culture of Collaboration in Family Businesses

Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association News: Renee Wiatt & Maria Marshall | January 2019

How Do Tension, Fairness, and Finances Interact in a Family Business?

Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association News: Renee Wiatt | January 2018

Bright Ideas You Can Try Right Now: Last in a Series

Farm Futures: Larry Stalcup | October 13, 2017

 

Workshop helps answer the question, 'Who gets the family farm?'

Greensburg Daily News | September 22, 2017

 

Improving Small Family Business Success

Purdue Agriculture: Ag Stories | May 2, 2017

 

Purdue launches new resource for family businesses

Bridgett Hernandez, Fort Wayne Business Weekly

March 16, 2017

 

Introducing PIFF: The Purdue Initiative for Family Firms

Maria Marshall and Renee Wiatt, Vegetable Crops Hotline Newsletter | March 15, 2017

 

Maria Marshall interview on Agriculture Strategy

Maria Marshall & Andrew Junkin, Agriculture Strategy | March 6, 2017

 

Initiative Helps Small Businesses Succeed

Purdue Extension, Community Development | January 10, 2017

 

New Vision in the New Year series: Setting Goals for Success

John Owen, Dayton Tech Guide | January 9, 2017

 

Initiative aims to help small businesses succeed

Brad Oppenheim, WLFI | December 31, 2016

 

Purdue initiative aims to help family businesses

Darrin Pack, Agriculture News | December 19, 2016