Tools and Programs for your Farm Business: AgSquared February 28th, 2013 Maryland Farmers Markets Conference Jeff Froikin-Gordon, Ph.D.
Record Keeping Goals: • Agronomy:Maximize yield, optimize soil fertility, maximize water use efficiency, select cultural practices • Business: Increase efficiency of labor, input, energy use, identify profit centers, more effectively target markets • Reporting / Compliance: Organic, GAP, taxes, customer communications • Workflow: Improve on-farm collaboration, accumulate institutional knowledge
Notebooks • Maps • Spreadsheets Two issues: • Paper calendars • Whiteboards / blackboards • Daily to-do lists Tools are not designed for farm management Tools are not integrated • Journals • Timesheets • Invoices • Boxes of receipts
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