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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 (both of which are in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources), I cover agricultural entrepreneurship as well as personal financial resource management topics. Project include:

Blockchain applications in agriculture
• Food Ventures in Wyoming: A Resource and Regulatory Guide
• Negotiating oil and gas leases
• 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. Download the 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)
• Supporting local foods projects to promote the production and consumption of foods with a local identity (supporting local food expos, and presentations on marketing at farmers markets as well as marketing the market)
• Work with beginning farmers and farmers who are marketing directly to the end consumer
• Work with individuals exploring new ventures

To accomplish this work I partner with many organizations, including the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Services of America, AmeriCorps VISTA, the Western Center for Risk Management Education (operating with funds from the USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture), UW Extension’s specialists and educators throughout the state, the UW College of Agriculture’s research stations, the John Ellbogen Foundation, Wyoming Women in Agriculture, the Small Acreage Issue Team, the Beginning Farmers in the West program (based at Colorado State University), the Wyoming Farmer’s Marketing Association, USDA’s Risk Management Agency, the Wyoming Business Council, the USDA Farm Service Agency, and many other groups and individuals across Wyoming and the West.

Cole began his work at the University of Wyoming in 2005. Previous to joining UW, he worked to develop the management skill of agriculturalists at Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. He grew up on a grains farm in Kansas and received his MS Agric. from the University of Sydney (Australia) on a Fulbright Scholarship, studied at Ohio State University, and graduated from Bethany College with a BA in economics/business.

Professional Affiliations
Cole has been involved with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the International Farm Management Association, the Wyoming Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, the Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents, and Epsilon Sigma Phi.


UW Extension Money Management, including the Passing It On: Estate Planning Guide and the Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions series
Barnyards and Backyards - Rural Living in Wyoming
UW Extension Publications (official publications) and the UW College of Agriculture’s magazines and newsletters
Western Extension Marketing Committee
Western Farm Management Extension Committee
International Farm Management Association

Archived Pages
Living and Working on the Land
Consumer Issues Conference

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