Farm Business Management

The best way to a successful agricultural operation, whether it is dairy, beef, vegetable, or any other agricultural enterprise, is through the use of quality, accurate recordkeeping. That’s where our farm business management experts can help. We provide assistance in cash flow management, bookkeeping practices, advice on business planning, and even succession planning for business transfers. In today’s ever changing world of agriculture it’s all about maintaining a competitive edge. Our farm business management experts can help you set goals and achieve those goals.

  • Cornell University: Dairy Business Summaries – The objective of the program is to enable producers to analyze their financial situation, set future goals, and make sound business decisions.
  • One-on-One Farm Business Management – This program helps focus on your business. Our educator can provide a template for completing your business plan, help organize your financial information, and give you tips on how best to use this information to your advantage.
  • Workshops and Group Sessions – Throughout the year, we hold workshops on a variety of financial aid related topics, such as:
    • USDA Crop Insurance Programs
    • Succession Planning for Farm Transfers
    • Northern New York Dairy Institute
    • Estate and Retirement Planning
    • Cash Flow Budgeting
    • QuickBooks Training
    • Ag Workforce Education and Employee Management

The Guide to Farming in NYS, a resource developed by our team and housed on the Cornell Beginning Farmer Website, contains fact sheets on everything from finding land to financing an operation, regulations on marketing and processing, and tax benefits of farming.


Barbara Pena
Farm Business Management Educator
(315) 376-5270

Last updated May 22, 2018