Start a Farm

If you are looking at starting a new farm in Howard County, it is important to have all the information available at your fingertips. As you go through the process, you will want to make sure you have several things in order and ready to go.

  • Have you prepared your Business Plan?
  • Have you done a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses/Limitations, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the operation?
  • Do you need assistance from a financial lender?
  • What permits or licenses will you need?
  • If any, what are the Health Department requirements?

These are just a few of the questions that you can find answers to in this section. If you can’t find the answers, please contact us or reach out to AgPlan@umn.edu to assistance.

  • Grants & Financing

    A resource to find out more information on State, Regional, and National loans and grants for farms

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  • Diversification Ideas

    Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your farm's production is a great way to grow your business - and meet increasing consumer demand for fresh foods.

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