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Cole Ehmke

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Personal Financial Management Specialist - 2005

Academic Degrees:
MS in agricultural economics, University of Sydney, Australia - 1999
BA in economics and business, Bethany College, USA - 1997

Areas of Expertise
Community supported agriculture ventures
New ag venture development and management
Local and value added foods
Farmers markets
Beginning farmers
Estate planning
Succession/transition planning
Personal financial management
Consumer issues

Current Projects
In my work serving the citizens of Wyoming through the Cooperative Extension Service and the AgEcon Department, I cover agricultural entrepreneurship as well as personal financial resource management topics. Projects have included:

• coordinating and teaching in the Annie’s Project management training classes for women in agriculture (see current offerings at
• developing a manual for people starting community supported agriculture (CSA) ventures (see the media release and the new Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture)
• presenting on money management topics, particularly for youth and women,
• developing Passing It On (a collection of materials on estate and transition planning for agriculturalists, available at ),
• helping small business managers and ag producers with transferring the management and ownership of their ventures (succession planning),
• hosting the annual Consumer Issues Conference (each fall in Laramie),
• supporting local foods projects to promote the production and consumption of foods with a local identity (including the annual Tour de Coop in Laramie, the 2013 Fall Food Series, supporting local food expos, and presentations on marketing at farmers markets),
• work with beginning farmers and farmers who are marketing directly to the end consumer, and
• work with individuals exploring new ventures.

To accomplish this work I partner with many organizations, including in 2013-2014 the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, Farm Credit Services of America, the Western Center for Risk Management Education (operating with funds from the USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture), UW Extension’s educators throughout the state, the UW College of Agriculture’s research stations, Laramie Local Foods, the Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Wyoming Women in Agriculture, the Small Acreage Issue Team, the Beginning Farmers in the West program (based at Colorado State University), the Albany County Public Library, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, the Wyoming Farmer’s Marketing Association, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Business Council’s Ag Division, the USDA Farm Service Agency, and many other groups and individuals across Wyoming and the West. 


UW Extension Money Management
Consumer Issues Conference
Passing It On: Estate Planning Guide
Living and Working on the Land
Barnyards and Backyards - Rural Living in Wyoming
UW Extension Publications
Wyoming Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
Western Extension Marketing Committee
Western Farm Management Extension Committee


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