Beginning Farms

Beginning Farms"There are many resources available to beginning farmers in the Northern Region. For those looking for information on funding available and other information resources to start a new farming operation, see the links listed below. If you would like further assistance, please contact a regional team member."



FSA Offices- http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=ny&agency=fsa

Farm Credit East's Farm Start Program- https://www.farmcrediteast.com/en/Products-and-Services/FarmStart.aspx

USDA Small Farm Funding- http://ric.nal.usda.gov/small-farm-funding

NY Ag and Markets Grant Funding- http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html

NY Ag and Markets Farming Programs- http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/Programs.html

Cornell's Northeast Beginning Farmer's Project- http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/








Most Recent Beginning Farms Content

How to Manange COVID-19 Risks on Dairy Farms

Last Modified: March 19, 2020

Ever wish you'd paid more attention in accounting class

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 16, 2019

Antimicrobial Resisitance, Treatment Protocols and Prudent antimicrobial usage..

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

The Dairy Industry nees to change to stay relevant to consumers

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

Winter Ventilation

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

You can Never be too prepared for an Emergency

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 5, 2019

AG Plastics Recycling

Ron Kuck, Livestock Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 14, 2018

Pro-Dairy Waste Tire Update

Lindsay Ferlito, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: August 14, 2018

Pasteurizers - What Should I be Considering?

Kim Morrill, Dairy Management
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 26, 2017

Pasteurizers provide an option for producers to feed whole milk to their calves, while reducing the risk of pathogen transfer from milk to calf. The ability to feed whole milk or waste milk, while reducing the risk of pathogen exposure sounds like a great idea, HOWEVER, there are some things to consider before going out and writing a check for that nice, new, shiny machine.

Grants for Small, Beginning Farmers

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: January 23, 2017

On December 16, 2016, Liz Higgins, from the Eastern NY Horticulture team, joined us in Plattsburgh, NY to lead a discussion on the current grants and other incentives available for beginning and small farms.

Farm Finance 101

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: December 28, 2016

Ever wish you paid more attention in that accounting class? Maybe you're a bit rusty on financial ratios, or looking to learn something new. Each month I will go over an accounting or finance topic as it relates to your farm business, so stay tuned! This month is on leverage and repayment capacity measures:

Pricing Standing Hay

Last Modified: June 7, 2016
Pricing Standing Hay





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Announcements

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world.

Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take precautions to stay safe and help prevent further spread of the disease. The key things to do are limit contact with other people and keep everything very clean. We've prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information that they can use right away. Here are this links to a printable resource for farms to use:
English COVID 19 Procedures
Spanish COVID 19 Procedures


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How to Manage COVID-19 Risk on Dairy Farms

Straightforward helpful steps to manage risk on dairy farms!  We are happy to help talk farms through these steps and develop risk management plans for protecting owners and team members. Reach out to Kelsey O'Shea via email kio3@cornell.edu for more information.

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Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

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