New Farmer School


The nuts and bolts of farming as a business in New Hampshire

Get a jump-start on growing your agricultural business with this intensive multi-session course! Offering a wide variety of topics that will be applicable to any new farmer and sessions that build upon knowledge gained in previous sessions, this course is a great way to get up to speed quickly on the business and science of agriculture. Network with other new farmers, and work closely with Extension staff as you develop your business and productions ideas.

Course topics include soils and site assessment, agricultural regulations, enterprise selection, infrastructure considerations, marketing, insurance basics, and financial and production record-keeping. Participants will also learn about state agencies and other agriculture service providers in New Hampshire. Participation in this course will help you meet USDA Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements.

This course is offered every year from August to October.

Please note that class materials will be available to participants in lieu of the in-person session for those who cannot or do not wish to attend in-person sessions.

Technology needed for this course includes Internet access, the ability to participate in video conferencing sessions, word processing and spreadsheet software, and the ability to read pdf files. Please contact Kelly McAdam at or (603) 527-5475 at least 10 business days prior to the first session if any technology accommodations are needed .

Registration cost is $250 per person or $450 for two people from the same farm. A limited number of scholarships are available for those with financial need. Please contact Jonathan Ebba for more information.

If special accommodations, including technology access, are needed to participate in the course, please contact Kelly McAdam at least 10 business days prior to the course start date.


$250 per person; $450 for two people from same farm


Kelly McAdam
Agricultural Business Management Field Specialist
Assoc Field Specialist
Phone: (603) 527-5475
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824