Published May 27, 2011

By Teresa Opheim

How do we respond to PFI members’ top priorities? With a well thought out strategic plan!

I have just sent off a draft of our new strategic plan to our wonderful strategic directions committee. In the plan we are laying out an ambitious amount of new programming that addresses the priorities members rated highest in our recent member survey: business planning, market development, beginning farmers, on-farm energy, and fruit and vegetable production.

We will, of course, also still focus on field crops, on livestock, and on what we do best: farmer-to-farmer networking. Some of our guiding principles are:
1. Farmers lead our programming.
2. We provide extensive opportunities for members and others to network.
3. We form effective partnerships with those who can help us achieve our goals.

I’m excited to tell you more–but that won’t be until August, when the strategic directions committee and the Board of Directors finish their work.

(Featured in this post is PFI’s Board President, Tim Landgraf, who is also on the strategic directions committee. Photo by Jerry DeWitt)