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University of Minnesota Extension

Planning your dairy farm future - Southeast

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Southeast, MN


Jim Salfer, Extension educator
salfe001@umn.edu or 320-203-6093

This 4-session program will include short lectures, follow-up activities, and group discussions with other dairy farmers.

Jan. 18: Leadership and personal introspection

  • How your team’s personality and communication style influence the farm
  • Comparing leadership vs. management
  • Identifying your farm’s core values, mission, vision and goals
  • Getting started on your farm’s business plan

Jan. 25: Positioning your farm and people for success

  • Identify and assign key leadership, management, and enterprise roles for business success
  • Create a job summary and write a job description
  • Learn new tools to ensure the right people are engaged in work and projects
  • Industry and farm business SWOT analysis

Feb. 1: Identifying options for business success

  • Strategic decision making and planning
  • Develop ideas and evaluate to find the best option for your farm
  • Learn new tools to make decisions on your farm
  • Farmer panel and discussion

Feb. 8: Further develop options to position your farm for the future

  • How to evaluate a complex problem and glean insights
  • Develop steps for plan execution
  • Resources available to keep learning

These sessions will meet in person in southeastern Minnesota on Tuesdays, Jan. 18 -  Feb. 8.


Dairy producers

The program is being offered by the Minnesota Dairy Initiative (MDI).


  • $300/farm for non-MDI farms
  • $100/farm for MDI farms
  • Cost includes lunch at all sessions, assistance in creating a farm business plan and resource binder


Registration is required. For specific locations, times and to register, please contact your local MDI program coordinator, or

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