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Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up, or make 010other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve profitability of the farm business after 3-9 years of running it? Farmers at this stage are often faced with critical decisions that determine the long-term viability of their operation.

You don’t need to face these decisions alone. You may be eligible to receive support for a New Farmer Profit Team. This initiative seeks to improve the long-term success of advanced beginning farmers by providing selected farmers with customized, one-on-one guidance from farm professionals (financial, production, legal, marketing, etc.) over an 18-mo to 2-year period. These New Farmer Profit Teams are modeled on Dairy Profit Teams, which have a track record of improving productivity, profitability, and efficiency of the participating farms.

How does it work?

You can choose who you’d like to advise you, or seek assistance in selecting appropriate professionals. In practice, each profit team could consist of just one person acting as a mentor or coach, or a team of professionals representing different areas of expertise, working together to advise a farmer. The project has up to $2000 available per farm to pay these advisors and requires a 20% match from the farmer.

While improving farm profitability is one critical measure of the success of this project, other desired impacts include:

  • Improved income-generating capacity of farm (due to infrastructure or labor investment)
  • Improved crop or herd health
  • Improved management of farm natural and human resources
  • Refined marketing strategies
  • Reduced stress of farm staff
  • Enhanced well-being of farmer

Not only will you have the personalized guidance of your selected advisors, but we also want to help you develop new skills to grow your capacity as a leader. Participants in this project will attend an annual intensive 2-3-day leadership training designed to grow the network of skilled farmers and help them transfer their skills to new farmers just entering the field.

If this sounds like it would be helpful, please click here for a full program description and to apply. The application deadline is September 15, and in this second round, only about 12 farms will be chosen. A second round of applicants will be accepted in Spring 2016.

This project is a collaboration of the Cornell Small Farms Program, NY Farm Viability Institute, and NY FarmNet, made possible with funding from NYFVI and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

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Heroic Food High Tunnel Workshop for Veteransheroic food barns

  • Instruction in high tunnel greenhouse construction and year round crop production from experts with ATTRA’s National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 18th & 19th
  • At Heroic Food Farm in Hudson, NY
  • Lodging and meals provided.
  • For more details and to apply click here
This program is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22882

J. Lemondes Family FarmThe northeast regional office of the National Center for Appropriate  Technology (NCAT) will conduct a week-long Armed to Farm workshop at Houghton College, Allegany County in western New York state from August 2 through August 7.

The program is available to military veterans in New York state who have recently begun farming (less than 10 years) and who wish to learn more skills, explore sustainable and diverse enterprises, and improve or change their farm business plans.

Applications are due by June 26 and can be submitted online at  https://www.ncat.org/NY_atf/.

The Cornell Small Farms Program is sponsoring this event and along with  NCAT is partnering with staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension to conduct the training. This is the fifth residential, six-day Armed to Farm program that NCAT has delivered since 2013 and is available to veterans from the Empire State at no cost through a USDA-funded Beginning Farmer Rancher Grant. The program includes classroom and on-farm learning through exercises, discussions, presentations, hands-on skill practice, and tours at host farms in the area.

Instructors include sustainable agriculture specialists from NCAT, Cornell staff, USDA agencies, and host farmers, many of whom are veterans. According to Norm Conrad, NCAT’s northeast regional director, the peer teaching by other farmers is what sets Armed to Farm apart from many other programs.

In addition, spouses and farming partners are welcome to apply. Host farm visits include livestock, fruit, vegetable, and dairy operations with hands-on sessions. Those visits are interspersed with short classroom presentations and breakout sessions. Participants also receive a set of educational materials that include a selection of ATTRA sustainable agriculture publications and related texts. The program includes meals, materials, and lodging for the week. More information about Armed to Farm and other NCAT farmer veteran resources can be found at the link www.ncat.org/armedtofarm/

                

Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm38aa2066-24b9-4f75-bcda-8f004ca80ad4 business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up, or make other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve profitability of the farm business after 3-9 years of running it? Farmers at this stage are often faced with critical decisions that determine the long-term viability of their operation.

You don’t need to face these decisions alone. You may be eligible to receive support for a New Farmer Profit Team. This initiative seeks to improve the long-term success of advanced beginning farmers by providing selected farmers with customized, one-on-one guidance from farm professionals (financial, production, legal, marketing, etc.) over an 18-mo to 2-year period. These New Farmer Profit Teams are modeled on Dairy Profit Teams, which have a track record of improving productivity, profitability, and efficiency of the participating farms.

How does it work?

You can choose who you’d like to advise you, or seek assistance in selecting appropriate professionals. In practice, each profit team could consist of just one person acting as a mentor or coach, or a team of professionals representing different areas of expertise, working together to advise a farmer. The project has up to $2000 available per farm to pay these advisors and requires a 20% match from the farmer.

While improving farm profitability is one critical measure of the success of this project, other desired impacts include:

  • Improved income-generating capacity of farm (due to infrastructure or labor investment)
  • Improved crop or herd health
  • Improved management of farm natural and human resources
  • Refined marketing strategies
  • Reduced stress of farm staff
  • Enhanced well-being of farmer

Not only will you have the personalized guidance of your selected advisors, but we also want to help you develop new skills to grow your capacity as a leader. Participants in this project will attend an annual intensive 2-3-day leadership training designed to grow the network of skilled farmers and help them transfer their skills to new farmers just entering the field.

If this sounds like it would be helpful, please click here for a full program description and to apply. The application deadline is April 1, and in this first round, only 10 farms will be chosen. A second round of applicants will be accepted in Fall 2015.

This project is a collaboration of the Cornell Small Farms Program, NY Farm Viability Institute, and NY FarmNet, made possible with funding from NYFVI and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

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