NC Cooperative Extension

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service houses a multidisciplinary group of professionals at the N.C. Research Campus as part of the Plants for Human Health Institute. Providing expertise in farm business management, communications and marketing, and fresh produce safety, these Cooperative Extension staff serve as an outreach component to complement the research conducted at PHHI.

Business Tools & Resources

Business Tools & Resources

The business tools listed on this page are here to help those interested in building an agricultural business or who are already invested in an agricultural business. These tools can assist in determining the feasibility of an agricultural endeavor, evaluating financial situations, exploring business plans and more.

Business Toolkit

The Extension Business Toolkit is a series of information sheets designed to provide a quick overview of business planning basics. Some of the topics addressed in the tool kit include: Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset, Marketing Basics, Farm Record-Keeping and Guide to Writing a Business Plan.

Business Resources

  • Agribusiness Economic Values
    Dr. Mike Walden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist with N.C. State University, compiles economic figures and facts regarding North Carolina’s agriculture and agribusiness industries in the following resources:

  • How to Turn an Idea into a Business (PDF)
  • Piedmont Farm School
    This is a seven-month educational and outreach program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers. The program is designed to help them operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The school involves students from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Montgomery, Randolph and Rowan counties.
  • Rural Tax Education
    This website provides agricultural producers and Extension educators with a source for agriculturally-related tax information that is both current and easy to understand. Visitors can find peer-reviewed materials about income tax topics for agricultural producers and operations. This site is a project of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee (NFITEC).

Cooperative Extension Directory

Cooperative Extension Offices are located in every county.

Cooperative Extension DirectoryFind Your Local Agents

The Produce Lady

A personal look at locally grown foods, healthy recipes, N.C. farmers markets, produce videos and food safety practices.

The Produce Lady

Your Business Toolkit

We share basics for your business, from identifying customers, developing a business plan, considering insurance basics to marketing.

View the Toolkit

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