Besides growing and selling products, there are many other important aspects to managing a farm business. Business planning, finding land, managing employees, recordkeeping, adhering to regulations, insuring crops, and preparing for a rainy day and retirement all fall under the heading of "Farm Management."
Family Farm Series: Farm Management
Originally developed in the 1980s, this series of publications provides an introduction to small-scale farming topics.
- Guide to Managing Risks and Liability at California Certified Farmers Markets (PDF)
This 20-page guide addresses safety concerns, liability insurance, and regulations for California markets.
- Risk Management Resources for Specialty Crop Producers
UC Davis & UC Cooperative Extension resources on all angles of risk management. Edited by Shermain Hardesty, 2007.
- Stress Management for Women Farmers & Ranchers (PDF)
Article from the UC Small Farm Program about common set of stressors experienced by farmers and ranchers, with an emphasis on women and stress management.
- Ag Risk Education Library
Articles and other resources on risk management topics including crop insurance, personnel management, financial risk, legal liability, and farm planning.
- USDA Risk Management Planning
Includes resources for evaluating and managing risks related to production, marketing, finances, legal and human risks.
Additional management resources
- UC Regional Farm Management
This regional website is maintained by UC farm advisors focused on the Central Coast & Southern regions of California.