ITHACA, N.Y. — Family-owned farms are the backbone of U.S. farming and food production; 97 percent of the nation’s farms are family owned, according to the latest agricultural census. To ensure these farms can prosper now and sustain future generations, Cornell University’s NY FarmNet program has launched a new WebCast series to provide farmers with critical information and expert guidance on managing risks, improving financial and production efficiency, and overcoming business and family challenges. Subscription information and access to live and recorded WebCasts are available through eCornell at https://www.ecornell.com/webseries/NYFarmNet/.
Cornell’s NY FarmNet will host its first live WebCasts on March 10, 2017. At 10:00 a.m. ET, Dan Welch, business and succession planning coordinator for NY FarmNet, will discuss Farm Succession Planning, and at 11:00 a.m. ET, Ed Staehr, executive director of NY FarmNet, will cover how to choose a succession team for your farm. To watch live or recorded WebCasts, channel subscribers pay a $25 monthly or a $100 annual fee. Discounts and promotions are available for certain groups.
Future webcasts will feature Cornell University farm business experts and outside professionals—bringing farmers affordable access to knowledge and resources they can use to develop skills for planning the success of their farm business and its future. Through monthly webcasts, farmers, growers and extension agents can learn practical tools for:
- Business Planning and Financial Analysis
- Retirement, Estate Planning, and Business Transfers
- Personal Wellbeing, Stress Management, Farming with the Family, and Conflict Management
NY FarmNet is housed and administered by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, within Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, and coordinated with Cornell Cooperative Extension. It is an objective, professional and confidential program with a focus on providing support to farmers and growers in New York State and across the country.
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