- Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses: This is a good general introduction to business planning from the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA). Chapters in the 244-page guide cover identifying business values, assessing strengths, visioning, planning, implementing a business plan, and monitoring performance. Includes farm case study.
- Introduction to Whole Farm Planning: Combining Family, Profit and Environment: This guide introduces the principles of whole farm business planning. It offers links to other useful resources. Updated in 2011.
- Planning a Value-added Business Venture: Providing resources and guidance for business owners is the focus of the Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. The site provides links to “rapid opportunity assessment” papers that identify business opportunities in several agri-food product areas.