Our Mission

We guide NY State farms through periods of transition, opportunity or challenge by providing free, confidential, on farm consulting services. We facilitate farm families in achieving their business and personal goals. We help NY State agriculture thrive.


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.

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