Farm Business Education Program

The GA FarmLink Farm Business Education Program is a project of Athens Land Trust

Program Goals

The GA FarmLink Farm Business Education Program aims to enable Georgia farmers to strengthen the foundations of their farm businesses and increase their receipt of federal funding in order to ensure long-term resilience and sustainable profits.

Beginning in February of 2024, over the course of four years 30 Georgia farmers (six per 10-month session) will be guided by a team of professional consultants through a farm business curriculum that focuses on topics such as basic accounting, systems for data tracking, business & financial analysis, credit readiness, accessing federal programs and planning for growth. The program will also provide farmers opportunities to develop social capital and build a network through peer-to-peer mentoring and yearly on-farm educational events.

Target Audience

In order to be eligible for the program, we ask that you be a Georgia resident who has owned and operated a farm or ranch business for at least three years, or that you have been an operator in your family’s farm or ranch business for at least three years; and that you own or lease the land where you operate your farm or ranch.  The program also requires that eligible producers meet the USDA’s definition of a “Socially Disadvantaged Farmer”. The program is designed for producers of row crops, nursery products, value-added products, and poultry or livestock.  We are unable to accept agricultural businesses that are primarily vineyards, orchards, or equine operations.

Program Partners

Program Timeline

  • Session 1: February 2024 - November 2024
  • Session 2: November 2024 - August 2025
  • Session 3: August 2025 - May 2026
  • Session 4: May 2026 - February 2027
  • Session 5: February 2027 - November 2027 
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    About the Program

    Farm Business Education Program Overview

    Relevant Links

    McIntosh SEED

    Kitchen Table Consultants

    Grow Your Business Workshop Series