Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles Kickoff Event

Event Details


February 24, 2022


Two Options (lunchtime and evening) available - times tbd


Online via Zoom


Cornell Small Farms Program

Nicole Waters

Assess Your Farm Business Health within a Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

Cornell Small Farms Program (CSFP) and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up with diversified farmers like you to analyze your farm's finances and have productive, honest discussions about the state of your business and opportunities for improving your financial outcomes.

  • This winter we'll work in small groups to assess and streamline your farm's accounting system and customize your Chart of Accounts so you can make better business decisions and compare your business to standardized industry and peer benchmarks.
  • Learning alongside peer farmers will help you better understand the typical, the possible, and the totally unexpected in farm finances. You'll participate in five roundtable sessions (March-August 2022) alongside peer farmers operating at similar scales throughout NYS to discuss financial decision-making opportunities, such as debt and loan assessment, labor management and costs, and price models for crops and market channels.  
  • You'll receive detailed financial benchmarks that compare key indicators for your farm with similar peer farms. You'll also receive a free electronic tablet. Allowing you to continue connecting with CCE and your peers for ongoing support!

Submit an Application Here

Dates and Participation:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
  • Project kick-off date: An introductory session for accepted participants will be held Thursday, February 24, 2022.
  • Participants should be willing to share basic financial information, which will be standardized using a ratios format, with their small peer group. Privacy and confidentiality will be agreed upon by all.

This work is supported through the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension and a generous grant from the New York State Department of Ag and Markets.

If you have questions you may reach out to CSFP Project Manager, Nicole Waters.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Please contact Nicole Waters if you have any special needs.

If you have a disability and are having trouble accessing information or need materials in an alternate format, contact Nicole Waters for assistance.

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