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Call for Applications: Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

Assess Your Farm Business Health within a Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up with farmers in New York State to analyze farm finances and have productive, honest discussions about the state of the farm business and opportunities for improving financial outcomes. 

We are currently seeking farmers to participate in this five-session (1-2 hour/session) project (March-August 2022). Each participant will be paired with a Cooperative Extension Ag Business Specialist to work through their chart of accounts alongside peer farmers operating at similar scales throughout NYS to discuss financial decision-making opportunities, such as debt and loan assessment, labor management and costs, and price models for crops and market channels. All numbers will be standardized in ratio format for easy comparison.

This is a one-of-a-kind chance to assess the health of your business while making sound financial decisions and working toward long-term success. Submit your application now!


Dates and Participation:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Project kick-off date: An introductory session for accepted participants will be held Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • Participants should be willing to share basic financial information, which will be standardized using a ratios format, with their small peer group. Privacy and confidentiality will be agreed upon by all.
  • Apply online

This work is supported through the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension and a generous grant from the New York State Department of Ag and Markets.

If you have questions you may reach out to CSFP Project Manager, Nicole Waters.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact Nicole Waters if you have any special needs. If you have a disability and are having trouble accessing information or need materials in an alternate format, contact Nicole Waters for assistance.

Nicole Waters

Nicole is the Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator for the Cornell Small Farms Program. Her work focuses on the human side of farming, with the day-to-day operations of the Labor Ready Project as her main priority. Trained in organizational communication, leadership, and English as a Second Language (ESL); Nicole’s work aims to foster healthy and positive working environments through professional development programs.