Your generous support of NY FarmNet will demonstrate your commitment to farming families and agricultural businesses throughout the state. To help us continue our work with the farming community, we need and welcome gifts of any size. In addition to the satisfaction our donors receive from supporting farmers and their families, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Please consider making a gift to provide NY FarmNet consultants with the skills and information they need to help farm families overcome today's challenges.

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The Russell C. Hodnett Consultant Training Fund

The Russell C. Hodnett Consultant Training Fund is named in honor of Rus Hodnett, a founding member of the NY FarmNet Program. During the course of his 20-year service to NY FarmNet, Rus helped over 500 families overcome numerous challenges.

Calls to NY FarmNet from farmers needing assistance continue to increase annually. As a result, there is a demand for more well-trained consultants to help answer a growing number of requests from farm families. Training expenses continue to escalate, and FarmNet’s current budget for training consultants exceeds $30,000 annually.

The Dr. George Conneman Farm Transfer Fund

A member of the Cornell University faculty in the Department of Applied Economics and Management since 1956, Dr. George Conneman taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in farm business management and real estate appraisal to over 3,000 students during his career. On January 1, 1997, Conneman became Faculty Director of the NY FarmNet program. In this capacity, he was instrumental in initiating what would later become NY FarmLink.

Many in the agricultural community will also remember Dr. Conneman’s involvement with the “Dr. George Show”, which interjected humor to illustrate farm transfer concerns from both junior and senior generations.

The Dr. George Conneman Farm Transfer Fund will provide financial resources for NY FarmNet consultants who wish to enhance their farm transfer skills.