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Call for Applications: Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

By Nicole Waters / January 21, 2022

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…

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NYS Farm Outlook for 2021

By James Dean / April 5, 2021

Experts predict scarce labor and higher wages this year.  New York state farm operators can expect a tight labor market and rising wages in the year ahead, in addition to continued pandemic precautions, debate over immigration reform and potential changes to overtime pay, according to a Cornell agriculture expert.  “Ag labor is going to remain scarce due to ……

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Cornell AgriTech Center Helps Business Adapt to COVID-19

By Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty / July 20, 2020

While many businesses in the New York state food industry have been physically closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for their products has not stopped. Cornell AgriTech’s Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE) has been helping food and ag businesses adapt to the COVID-19 economy with new marketing strategies and by…

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Confidently Hosting a Farm Tour – What’s Your “Why Bother”?

By Katelyn Walley-Stoll / October 7, 2019

Let’s face it. You probably didn’t go into farming to wear 25+ hats every day – ranging from accountant to mechanic, nutritionist to human resources manager, and electrician to professional “Google-er”. It’s likely that “Consumer Relations and Marketing Expert” didn’t even make it into your pile of hats. You might even be rolling your eyes…

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How to Determine Fair Farmland Rental Rates

By Mary Kate MacKenzie / October 7, 2019

Three approaches to help you answer the question: what is the right rental rate for farmland? Agricultural renters and landowners alike seem to struggle with the same question: what is the right rental rate for agricultural property? I commonly hear this question from beginning farmers seeking land. Yet, just as frequently, it comes from landowners…

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Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / December 3, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, &…

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Video Series Shows How Farmers Can Profit From Forests

By Kacey Deamer / November 5, 2018

New York farmers are completing business plans for their woodlots, with the assistance of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County and a grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute. Woodlot owners can use forest enterprises and products to supplement their income, and thanks to this grant CCE Chenango has been able to reach more…

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Interested in Raising Deer on Your Farm?

By Kacey Deamer / October 10, 2018

Cervids, such as deer, elk, and moose, are a $3 billion industry in the United States. There are many opportunities for farms to raise deer, but proper care and health management is critical. Recently the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) hosted Dr. Douglas Wagner of Newport Labs to discuss the topic…

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The Law of Diminishing Returns – How Farms Know When They’ve Reached It

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

By Betsy Hicks, South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Today’s economy has every producer struggling to find ways to increase cash flow. We fill stalls, add a few more cows, keep plentiful heifers in the pipeline, and estimate our projected inventory of first calf heifers due to calve and add it to the…

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Main Street Farms – Improving Efficiency and Profitability

By Kelsie Raucher / October 5, 2018

Main Street Farms shares insights gained from their experience focusing on long-term business viability through a Profit Team project. By Kat McCarthy and Dan Welch At Main Street Farms, in Cortland NY, growth is the way of doing business. The farm has doubled in size annually. What started as a 1-acre market garden and 10,000…

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