Business Development

We provide programs, tools, resources and expertise both local and statewide addressing business development and improvement, specializing in the areas of agriculture and agribusiness.

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Business Development

Publications

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This publication discusses how to retail your beef to a direct-to-consumer market.

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Sustainable agriculture takes into account multiple aspects of selling an agricultural product. This publication offers start-up tips and a list of resources for further information.

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This factsheet discusses a project that assessed labor and equipment limitations, risks, and benefits of different cost-sharing options in vineyards.

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
Program

The Master Marketer program is a 64-hour intensive marketing education course during which agricultural producers, ag lenders, and others are trained in marketing techniques, marketing plans, technical analysis, futures and options, and many other marketing related skills.

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The David McKnight ’73 Ranch Management University is an intensive four-day event for new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners to learn about managing soils, forages, livestock and wildlife.

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The AgriLife Extension Rural Student Success Initiative aims to increase the number of rural students enrolling in and completing a postsecondary certificate or degree program.

Courses

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This course is for Texas landowners, and it addresses several popular topics among rural landowners including easements, landlocked property, adverse possession, and trespassing. If you are interested in more than one agricultural law topic, be sure to check out our Owning Your Piece of Texas course before purchasing this course.

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The Generation Next curriculum targets new landowners, those who are inheriting land, or those who are looking to start a new agricultural operation on an existing ranch.

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Learn how to write a business plan for a farm or food business with real-world business plan examples included. This course will introduce you to business planning basics for farm and food enterprises in order to help you develop your business plan.

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    This course is for Texas landowners and discusses the basic law applicable to determine liability if someone is injured on rural land. If you are interested in more than one agricultural law topic, be sure to check out our Owning Your Piece of Texas course before purchasing this course.

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    This award-winning course assists Texas rural landowners and agricultural producers by identifying key legal issues related to their property. Get practical tips with insightful examples that help explain important legal concepts in a way that you will be able to understand and apply.

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    The primary goal of this QuickBooks training course is to help farmers and ranchers improve their financial record-keeping and analysis capabilities, which will allow them to make better management decisions.

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    Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service faculty produced and taught this four-day workshop in Fall 2023 that targeted new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners.

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    This online course helps participants understand introductory farm and ranch concepts, business planning, and training programs. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be provided with a certificate that can be used to verify training hours in agriculture.

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    Course Information WHO IS THIS APPLICATION FOR: Veterans, active-duty military, and any beginning farmer or rancher. DUE DATE: Fall cohort is Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm Spring cohort is Friday, December 6, 2024 at 5:00 pm What is BattleGround to Breaking Ground? Battleground to Breaking Ground (BGBG) is a 4-phase program developed for […]

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    This online course will introduce employees, managers, and directors to the need for education in a cooperatively owned business.

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    This course is for Texas landowners and focuses Texas fence law including open and closed range. If you are interested in more than one agricultural law topic, be sure to check out our Owning Your Piece of Texas course before purchasing this course.

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    The primary goal of QuickBooks education is to help farmers and ranchers improve their financial recording-keeping and analysis capabilities, thus allowing them to make better management decisions.

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    Learners will increase their understanding of drought management strategies in this course.

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