Registration Open for Free Webinar Discussing FSA Microloan Program

FSA microloans can be used for anything from growing infrastructure to marketing equipment! You’ve heard us talk about the FSA microloan program. In fact, you probably were a part of the push over the past year to make it a reality. Well the USDA listened to us, so let’s make sure this program actually gets used! The microloan program offers low-interest loans up to $35,000 to better serve the financial operating needs of beginning, niche... Read More

Plan for Success – Learn Farm Finance Planning this Winter

Farm Finances Got You Down? Learn to Plan for Profit This January The old joke goes, “Know how to make a small fortune in farming? Start with a large one.” For many farmers this hits too close to home to be funny. Whether you’re just getting started or have been farming for a while, the Cornell Small Farms Program is offering two online courses this January to give you the confidence and tools to take control of your farm finances. BF... Read More

Online Beginning Farmer Courses Starting in January

Get Your Ducks in Order! Poultry & Vegetable Production, Business & Financial Planning and Recordkeeping Online Courses All Start in JanuaryWinter is the season for farm planning! What better way to use the long dark evenings than to snuggle up with your computer and join an online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program? You’ll build your skills, be inspired by successful farmers, and develop plans to help you hit the ground running... Read More

New! Online Course De-Mystifies Organic Certification

While many small farmers use “all-natural” or “sustainable” practices, going the distance to certify your farm as organic–with the paperwork, annual inspection, and expense required–often feels like an overwhelming step. But for many farmers, the price premium received would increase profits. What do you need to do to become certified organic? Is it worth it for your farm? Do your practices qualify, or would you... Read More

Small Farmers: Register Now for Online Courses at Cornell

Whether you are a seasoned, new, or aspiring farmer, there’s something for you in the 2012-2013 line-up of online courses presented by the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. View all 12 courses here.  These courses are open to anyone interested in farming, not just New York residents. There are courses covering commercial production topics like raising veggies, berries, and poultry, organic production, and many more... Read More