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Five Tips for Planning for Your Future

by Betty BerningExtension Educator
It is the start of a New Year.  It’s full of promise and opportunities!  What are you going to do?  Did you make a few resolutions in your personal life?  Maybe you’ll spend more time with your family, exercise, or read more books?   
Planning in business and farming is similar to making resolutions.  Both require giving some thought to the future by identifying what you might like to do.  They both take commitment and patience.  Plans in farming, though, are often more complicated than some of the simple resolutions we make in our personal life.  Additionally, it may take longer to reach our business goals than our personal goals.  In order for a business to be successful, it is critical to have a plan in place. I’d like to offer five tips for business planning:
Take the Time to Make the Plan:  It is really easy to get caught up in daily tasks of milking cows, running errands, fixing machinery, and growing crops.  These day-to-day activities will eat …