Often, farm chores and basic farm know-how are kept in the farmer’s head. But what would happen if there is an emergency?
A team of K-State Research and Extension specialists has identified resources that can help make gathering that information easier.
“As we got together during this COVID-19 crisis, we got to thinking about what our farm businesses, rural businesses and families need right now,” said Robin Reid, extension associate in agricultural economics, in a release.
Having a contingency plan in place is always prudent.
For farm continuity planning, Reid recommends a tool developed by a Purdue University team, called Code Red, an Excel spreadsheet that’s free to download. It offers a structure for gathering critical personal and farm business information.
In the event of a crisis, Reid said a family member or another person stepping in would have much of the information they need in one place, including a non-farm personal inventory, farm assets, personal and business contacts and employee information.
For more specific day-to-day information, Alysa Rippe-May, extension agent in the Twin Creeks District, developed a farm chore inventory worksheet, including what livestock a farmer might have, where they’re located and what their daily needs are.
Another resource for individuals and families is Our Valuable Records, which provides an easy-to-complete form to help gather names and contact information for your accountant or lawyer, Robin Eubank-Callis, family and consumer science extension agent in Barber County, said in the release. Plus, there’s space for a list of property you own and accounts, including passwords.
“The great thing is that you can just fill in as little or as much as you want in terms of what’s relevant to your family,” she said.
In her role as an extension community vitality specialist, Nadine Sigle works with communities across northwest Kansas to improve their capacity and increase sustainability. She recommends the Business Continuity Plan available at Ready.gov/business.
In addition, the Small Business Administration recommends business owners write a desktop plan of operation, including a desktop standard operating procedure. This includes noting where things are located, different actions that would need to be taken, where you bank and a list of your vendors and creditors.