Financial Counseling

​​​​​​​​​​The Wisconsin Farm Center has financial experts who are trained to help farmers navigate the financial challenges that come with farming. Our experts can assist with the following:​

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Our financial consultants can perform a variety of cash flow and enterprise analyses as part of a feasibility study, expansion plan or restructuring strategy and use that data to help farmers make difficult decisions. This analysis can also help in preparing for mediation with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and other lenders and/or applications for new FSA and convention farm loans. Once an analysis is complete, cash flow projections can be created that will help the farmer look into the future of the business and ensure that operational changes during an expansion and restructuring project will have positive results.

The feasibility analysis is needed prior to creating a business plan and is designed to explore the viability of changes to a current operation including expansion, modernization of facilities or other changes.

Debt Analysis and Restructuring
Our experts are able to analyze dept, interest rates and repayment amounts to determine and recommended restructuring options.

Farm Management Tools
​Putting together a top team of professional consultants is critical to today's successful farm business. Our experts can help guide the farmer through the process of hiring consultants and provide access to an experienced group of volunteer advisors who can provide assistance in many subject areas.

     

Contacts

Tracy Brandel
Farm Center Economic Consultant
(608) 224-5055
Toll Free: (800) 942-2474
Tracy.brandel@wisconsin.gov

Frank Friar
Farm Center Economic Consultant
(608) 224-5049
Toll Free: (800) 942-2474

frank.friar@wisconsin.gov

Mike Lochner
Farm Center Economic Consultant
(608) 224-5139
Toll Free: (800) ​942-2474
michael.lochner@wisconsin.gov

Kevin Plante
Farm Center Economic Consultant
(608) 224-5138
Toll free: (800) 942-2474
Kevin.plante@wisconsin.gov


 

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