Goal Setting Handbook

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Goals help establish where you're going, how you're going to get there and when you'll arrive. They help guide your life and the progress of your farming and family enterprises. The farm is not just a piece of land, some crops and livestock, and a way to make a living. It is much more. For the purposes of goal setting, think of your farm as the land, landscape, family, hired help, jobs and projects, neighbors, and community that serves the farm.

In this booklet, you will learn an easy process for setting goals, reasons to have goals, who should help set goals, completing a self-assessment work sheet, and setting your goals.

Goal Setting Handbook (PDF, 477 Kb)


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Related Resource:

The Whole Farm Planning Guide is frequently used together with the Goal Setting Handbook, to get started on a vision and plan for your farm.

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(PDF, 3.3 Mb)