Town of Brant, Erie County, New York
Farmland Viability Program



The Town of Brant, Erie County, New York is presently engaged in preparing a Farmland Viability Program.  This project is being conducted with the help of Shepstone Management Company, a planning and research firm that specializes in agrcultural economic development.

Draft materials and other project documents may be reviewed at this website.  Most material will be published in the PDF format which requires the Adobe Reader program.  If you do not have Adobe Reader you can easily obtain it for free by going to the Adobe website.  Simply click on the button below:

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Business Planning Seminars

The Town of Brant sponsored two agricultural business planning seminars for local business owners, farmers and agricultural landowners in November, 2004.  These sessions included the following presentations:


Business Planning Handbook

Part of the Farmland Viability Program is a Business Planning Handbook for New Farm and Agricultural Entrepreneurs obtainable by downloading a copy from this website.  If you have questions please contact:

Shepstone Management Company
100 Fourth Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

To download a copy of the Business Planning Handbook, CLICK HERE.

Model Business Plan
Corn Maze/Agri-tainment/Retail Enterprise

The Farmland Viability Program has also involved the development of three model business plans for potential new agribusinesses in the Brant area.  A Model Business Plan for a Corn Maze, Agri-tainment and Retail Enterprise is obtainable by downloading a copy from this website.

Maze

To download a copy of this model business plan, CLICK HERE.

Agritainment Planning Guide

The Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Tennessee has produced an excellent guide for individuals who are considering developing an agritainment enterprise.  This publication, entitled "Considering Developing an Agritainment Enterprise?"  is very useful and is being employed to create a model business plan for development of a corn maze and agritainment enterprise in the Town of Brant.  This model plan is available here.

Model Business Plan
Winery Enterprise

The second of three model business plans for potential new agribusinesses in the Brant area was developed around the concept of a new high-quality winery.  A Model Business Plan for a Winery is obtainable by downloading a copy from this website.

vineyard

To download a copy of this model business plan, CLICK HERE.

Other Winery Planning Guides

Cornell University has produced two excellent guides for individuals who are considering developing an wineries.  Both were used in developing the model business plan referenced above  These publications are entitled "Writing a Business Plan: A Guide for Small Premium Wineries" and "Writing a Business Plan: An Example for A Small Premium Winery."  Both are very useful and a nice summary of some of the key elements by the University of Georgia is "Economics of a Small Premium Winery."  Still another excellent guide is available from the Ohio Winery Association.  It is called "The Dollars and Sense of Starting a Small Winery."

Model Business Plan
Produce Auction

The third of three model business plans for potential new agribusinesses in the Brant area was developed around the concept of a produce auction.  A Model Business Plan for a Produce Auction is obtainable by downloading a copy from this website.

Leola

To download a copy of this model business plan, CLICK HERE.

Brant Area Market Data 

An important part of this project has been the generation of market data on the Brant area.  It indicates there is a total market of over 1,225,000 persons within 60 minutes of Brant, creating a major opportunity for a tourism attraction with destination appeal.   A map illustrating the market areas and the market data are both available here and will be discussed further in other project materials.

Lowering Farm Taxes

As part of the Business Planning Seminar program, Farm Accountant Gerald Skoda has developed a presentation on Lowering Farm Taxes.  A copy of the handout for this program is available HERE.  It provides an excellent overview of tax programs that New York State farmers and agri-businesses can use to improve their business profits.

 Links

Brant Market Area Data

North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association

Lake Erie Grape Research Program

New York State Wine and Grape Foundation

New York State Berry Growers Association

New York State Vegetable Growers Association

Cornell Commercial Vegetable Production Program

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

SARE Farmer/Grower Grant Program

New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority Grant Programs


USDA Rural Development - New York State

Erie County Economic Development

Erie County Industrial Development Agency

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Small Business Startup Kit

Small Business Development Center

Farm Credit of Western New York

Erie County Farm Bureau