Firstly, we know that this is an old thread but we think this is a great question!
We are answering as agribusiness consultants.
Globally, agriculture is seeing renewed interest and investment, especially from the younger generation and those of non-farming backgrounds. This makes for an exciting time, as new ideas, dreams and vigour are being poured into a variety of agricultural ventures.
There are now all sorts of novice, diversifying and expanding farmers bringing their own skill-sets to to enhance a farming project. Many new entrants to agriculture are inquisitive, resourceful and often educated to degree level or professional. For others, taking control of their own farm will be a fruit of years of agri-work, perhaps as a manager or farm-hand.
This means the areas in which farmers/agribiz owners seek consultancy will be incredibly varied and most often focused on the areas where they lack confidence/experience or are simply out of ideas. Consultants, similarly, are a diverse group, most often with specific strengths, speciality and expertise who can guide/inform/advise/deliver on a variety of areas including:
-Acquisition of land/farms/property by purchase/lease/rental
-Survey/analyse land: e.g. soils/ suitability for specific projects
-Optimal use of land/livestock/labour
-Processes and procedures
-Marketing and distribution of product
Consultants can work remotely or be retained to work in-house as part of the team. Most will be solutions focused and not involved in the day to day running of the farm.
Fees may be fixed, a monthly/quarterly retainer or based on deliverable agreed. From experience we find consultancy works best where there is a specific, clear goal, a client is patient
(results/profits grow like trees) and consultant is not dragged into the day to day running of the business.
We like to inform, educate and strengthen clients so they can eventually drive their desired momentum in-house without reliance. Simply put we build on strengths and avoid exploitation of weaknesses.
To this end we have developed online-tools to assist prospective farmers in planning a successful operation. The first is ready and is a custom poultry farming project report hardwired with all the metrics you need to author a bankable business plan. It is completed by simply filling in a form. We will be expanding to other agricultural sectors over time.
We invite you to take a look and contact us directly if you need assistance with anything. We love problem solving.
Thank you for your time in reading.