Advanced Workshops

Coming Soon: 2023 Advanced Workshops

The advanced workshops outlined below provide opportunities for a deeper dive into relevant topics for the emerging farmer audience.  These optional workshops are offered on an à la carte basis and will held either in-person or online via Zoom.  In-person advanced workshops are open to participants in the SCNBFP Class of 2023 for $35 each, as well as to the general public for $50.  Online advanced workshops are open to participants in the SCNBFP Class of 2023 for $25 each, as well as to the general public for $35.  Registration for these workshops is not open at this time. Check back soon!

These workshops will usually be between 4 and 6 hours in length.  In-person workshops will be held at various locations across the state of South Carolina and include lunch.  Workshop descriptions and dates are below.  Workshop locations and on-line registration links will be provided closer to the workshop date.  Advanced workshop dates are subject to change.

Organic Production and Certification                                                                   
Thursday, September 14, 2023 | In-person | Upstate Region, location TBD
Coordinator: Matt Fischer

If you are contemplating organic production practices and/or certified organic, this is the workshop for you! We will start with an introduction to what organic is, walk you through the certification process, and show you organic production in action. A combination of lecture, discussion, and tour will be used to share information.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None


Comprehensive Business Planning & Business Plan Development                                
Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Online via Zoom
Coordinator: Bethany Funkhouser

Turn your ideas and efforts into a roadmap for success!  Gain an understanding of costs of starting and running a business: capital costs, cost of goods sold, overhead costs, and necessary profit. Understand the concept of positioning. Learn how to calculate costs, plan for profit, and develop a pricing strategy. Take your basic business concept and transform it into a comprehensive business plan using the University of Minnesota’s AgPlan business planning tool.

Prerequisite Knowledge: This workshop assumes that participants will have a basic understanding of financial management as well as a clear concept for your business.


Opportunities in Agritourism                                                                             
Thursday, September 28, 2023 | In-person | Catawba Region, location TBD
Coordinator: Ben Boyles

Interested in adding an exciting revenue stream for your farm business? Learn all about agritourism trends, programs, and resources while exploring agritourism venues in South Carolina’s Catawba Region.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None


Farm Financial Management and Recordkeeping                                                
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | Online via Zoom
Coordinator: Will Culler

Understanding financial management and recordkeeping is crucial to responsible and profitable management of any farm business. This workshop focuses on advanced topics of farm financial management including everything from liquidity analysis to solvency analysis, and profitability analysis. Advanced recordkeeping will also be covered where you will have the opportunity to meet with area agents and learn about recordkeeping for specific enterprises you're interested in or currently pursuing.

Prerequisite Knowledge: This workshop assumes participants will be familiar with basic financial management tools such as income statement, profit & loss, and balance sheets.


Developing a Year-Round Operation Plan                                                                        
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | In-person | Lowcountry Region, location TBD
Coordinator: Charley Maxwell

Developing an operation plan is essential for any business, and planning production and marketing of agricultural products has unique challenges.  A year-round planning program model will look different depending on production cycles.  This workshop looks to engage all levels of production and various enterprises and will cover a wide array of planning components.


Prerequisite Knowledge: This workshop assumes basic understanding of the seasonality of production and marketing. Participants should be prepared by having knowledge of their own individual production needs.


Enterprise Budgets and Profitability                                                                       
Thursday, October 19, 2023 | Online via Zoom
Coordinator: Matt Fischer

Learn how to calculate your cost of production so you can price for a profit! Explore the concept of an enterprise budget including how they use costs, sales, and labor data to determine the profitability of your market channels.  Learn how to use the Veggie and Livestock Compass Tools to predict the financial impact of different farm scenarios for the future and to assess your farm’s financial progress over time to locate efficiencies, set prices based on actual costs of production, and increase farm profits.

Prerequisite Knowledge: This workshop assumes that participants will have a basic understanding of financial management as well as a clear concept for your business.


Land Acquisition, Transfer, and Stewardship                                                         
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | In-person | Midlands Region, location TBD
Coordinator: Will Culler

What is common to all farms?  Land. This in-depth workshop will feature a series of lectures from specialists on a variety of agribusiness and production topics related to your farm’s biggest investment. Participants can expect to learn how to access, finance, conserve, preserve, and make plans to transfer land to the next generation. Come with your current and future land goals in-mind (or written!) and learn about tools, practices, and assistance that can help you reach them.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None


Tax Management for Farm Businesses                                                                  
Thursday, November 2, 2023 |Online via Zoom
Coordinator: Ben Boyles

Stay legal while leveraging tax laws to your best advantage by learning about advanced tax management specifically for farm businesses. This workshop will also cover the Schedule F form and you will learn who should file and go through step-by-step instructions for completion.  Note: This workshop is for general educational purposes only.  Participants are responsible for obtaining individual tax advice based upon their circumstances from their own independent professional advisors.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None


Advanced Social Media and Web Presence Optimization                                           
Thursday, November 9, 2023 | In-person | Pee Dee Region, Location TBD
Coordinator: Bethany Funkhouser

Having an online presence is critical for all businesses, including farm businesses.  During this training participants will learn techniques for best utilizing popular social media and other web-based platforms to gain exposure for and market their farm businesses and products.  This training will also cover interpretation of web analytics for critical decision making, optimizing branding and online presence, and web-based marketing techniques.

Prerequisite Knowledge: This workshop assumes participants will have a general knowledge of social media use and basic website navigation.  It will be to your benefit to have established at least one social media account.


Financial Assistance through Farm-Focused Grants
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Online via Zoom
Coordinator: Charley Maxwell

Learn about specific funding opportunities relevant to new farmers and techniques for successfully applying to these programs!  Learn how to determine your eligibility, planning and write your proposal, prepare supporting documentation including business plans, and what to do if you are awarded.  This workshop will cover current Federal, State, and Local grant opportunities.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None