Business Profitability

room of approximately 30 people at a farm business meeting

Cornell Cooperative Extension works with a wide array of farmers to help them operate profitable businesses. Some of the topics that are addressed in workshops or one-on-one meetings include:

  • Cash flow analysis
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax management
  • Start-up and diversification planning
  • Loan procurement
  • Farm Start-up Programs for new farmers wanting to start a farm operation in the region or established farmers who want to diversity operations. Focuses on business planning and regional resources that can help new farmers succeed.

We are ready to help farmers operate successful business endeavors, and also keep abreast of changes in local, State and Federal regulations as they relate to agricultural businesses.


Manage Your Risk in An Agritourism Business – Web Series

Bringing visitors to your farm can create new income streams as trends indicate that nature and agricultural tourism is on the rise the Catskills region. Agritourism can also be a source of risk to the farm business.  This is a 5-part seminar that will teach how to manage risk followed by a panel of successful agritourism operators. In-between each seminar, participants were expected to build their knowledge and develop their own risk management plan.

The five areas of risk that will be presented are: legal, marketing, human resource, financial and weather/production risks. This 5-county program was offered simultaneously in Delaware (the host county), Otsego/Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster via Zoom technology. The program is sponsored by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education agency and the five Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations.

Session 1: Introduction to Risk Management and Financial Risk

Session 2: Production and Weather Risk

Session 3: Legal Risk

Session 4: Marketing Risk

Session 5: Human Resources Risk


Mariane Kiraly
Farm Business Management Educator
[email protected]
(607) 865-6531