How We Can Help

Whatever your question or concern, NY FarmNet can help you clarify your problem, brainstorm solutions, and develop a plan of action.

Depending on your specific question or concern, NY FarmNet will:

      • Answer you directly
      • Send you information 
      • Refer you to a different agency or resource
      • Assign a NY FarmNet consultant to help you and your family

Information: Often our callers are seeking specific information such as a contact number for an agency or a publication on a specific topic. We will try to provide the most current information (doing research on topics as needed). This information may be given over the phone or mailed to the caller.

Referral: Although the FarmNet staff person who answers the phone is familiar with farming and farm issues, we may not have or be able to find the specific information you need. If we know of someone else who has the information, you will be referred directly to that source. We network with other agribusinesses, service providers, educators and specialists on a daily basis, and keep a current referral database on various topics.

Consulting: When farmers can benefit from working one-on-one with someone knowledgeable about farm finances, farm options, family communication or personal issues, a FarmNet consultant will be assigned to meet with the family.

Farm Family Consultants and Farm Business Consultants provide free and confidential on-farm visits to answer questions and help find solutions to concerns. Topics include (but are not limited to) business and family finances, farm changes, farm management, disaster, stress, family communication and conflict. Sometimes the consultant will only make one visit, but more frequently the consultant will make several visits. In some cases two consultants will make co-visits in order to assure that both farm and family concerns are addressed.

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Things NY FarmNet Can Help You With:

Financial Analysis

Knowing where a business stands financially is a critical step in identifying options for a brighter future. As a result of financial analysis and planning, you will have accurate information to make decisions that impact the future of your business. Moreover, one-on-one meetings with a NY FarmNet financial consultant can uncover options for the future that may not have been thought of before.

• Analyzing the present profitability of your farm

• Identifying options for improving farm viability

• Helping create useful cash flow budgets

• Evaluating proposed business changes and their impact on profitability

• Working with others to provide options for debt restructuring


Business Planning

A farm business plan is now required by most lenders. A business plan lets you know where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. We offer free assistance with farm business analysis and planning. Our experienced consultants understand farm business and can provide you with the detailed map you need to move forward.

• Financial and production analysis

• Feasibility studies

• Business Plans

• Budgets and cash flow projection


Business Transfers

Transferring your business requires careful managerial and financial planning. We know that farm assets are a major source of retirement income for many farm families. NY FarmNet is dedicated to providing farmers with assistance in all aspects of business transfers including;

• Succession Planning

• Non-Family Transfers

• Joint Ventures/Partnerships • Help for Start-Up Farmers

• NY FarmLink Program


Retirement & Estate Planning

Planning for retirement can take as much effort as managing the business. With years of experience gained from helping other farm families, we can help plan the process so you are not alone.

• Retirement Planning

• Long-Term Care

• Estate Planning

• Leasing Farm Assets

• Selling Farm Assets

• Income Tax Planning

• Legal Questions


Farming with the Family

It is critical that farm families maintain both positive business and family skills in order to be successful. NY FarmNet consultants provide free, confidential assistance in strengthening the communication skills required for farm families to make the most

of their dynamic structure that is filled with daily opportunities and challenges.

• Setting Goals

• Conflict Management

• Management Principles

• Conducting Family Meetings

• Financial Management

• Business Decision Making

• Time Management

• Farm Succession Planning


Personal Well-being

The pressures and challenges of running a farm

can affect every aspect of your life. NY FarmNet’s professional consultants can help you manage issues that can disrupt business, family, or personal well- being. Our consultants can assist you with strategies to manage:

• Stress related emotional issues

• Relationship issues

• Family issues and Parent-Child concerns

• Domestic Violence

• Divorce/separation adjustment

• Alcohol and drug concerns

• Grief/loss issues

• Depression and Anxiety

• Farm conflicts and concerns

• Farm retirement, transfer or exit adjustment

• Health concerns


Outreach Projects 

• Farm Transfer Conferences

• CLE Legal Education for Attornies Working with Farm Businesses

• Farm Management Seminars