Business Planning and Management

Business Planning & Management Extension Resources

Department of Applied Economics and Management (AEM)
Cornell’s AEM Department is home to several programs pertinent to small farmers, such as Agribusiness and Economic Development, Agriculture Management and Marketing Program, Emerging Markets Program, and Commodity Promotion Research Program, among others. Visit for a full list and access to AEM programs. Contact: Loren Tauer, AEM Professor and Chair, 607-255-4402,  Website:
Horticultural Business Management and Marketing Program
The Cornell Horticultural Business Management and Marketing Program (Hortmgt) is designed to enhance the competitive position of the New York fruit, vegetable, and ornamental horticultural industry through targeted, curriculum-driven educational programs. Contact: Miguel Gomez, Department of Applied Economics and Management, 607-255-8159, Website:
Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program
The Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) conducts applied research on the economics of collective action, cooperative decision-making, management and marketing. Contact:  Todd Schmit, CEP, Department of Applied Economics and Management,  607-255-3015,
Cornell Small Farms Program
The Cornell Small Farms Program maintains current resources pertaining to the latest business management tools such as software and calculators.  Visit and click on Resources  > Tools and Technology. For grant, loan, and financing information, click on Resources  > Funding.
NY FarmNet and Farm Link Programs
NY FarmLink provides oneon-one consulting via business planning assistance to farmers who are interested in adding value to agricultural products, business transfers, partnerships, retirement planning, and estate planning. Business planning assistance is made available to all farm types through a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute. The program has also developed resources for farmers to use in the business planning process (a full list of which can be found at For more information call 1-800-547-FARM (3276) or visit

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