The mission of NY FarmNet is to provide New York farm families with free, confidential consulting services to develop skills to improve financial and production efficiency, and overcome business and family challenges. We accomplish this via personalized education, business and personal planning, and referrals.
NY FarmNet was founded in 1986 by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, in response to a nationwide farm crisis. An economic farm recession saw thousands of farmers go out of business; many more lost significant equity, as interest rates remained high and farm-gate prices diminished. Stories of farmer suicides attracted media attention, prompting response from government, agricultural universities, farm leaders, and others.
NY FarmNet receives funding and support from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Cornell College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell Cooperative Extension, public and private grants, and donations from farmers and agricultural supporters. We are a part of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.