Early Morning Farm booth at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, 06/10/2013 (Cornell University Photography)
Image by Robert Barker

Beginning Farmers

Cornell Cooperative Extension works with beginning farmers as well as established farm businesses. We reference many of the planning materials on the Cornell Beginning Farmers website, which features planning tutorials, the Guide to Farming in NY, a guide to Livestock Processing Regulations, and videos full of practical farmer-to-farmer advice and production tutorials. The website also has the schedule for Cornell’s on-line beginning farmer classes.

Our team members are also available to consult one-on-one with prospective farmers, reviewing business plans, “vetting” ideas for soundness, and directing you to more in-depth resources as needed. We live and work in the southern tier of NY, so we have practical experience and advice to offer for both production and for marketing plans.

The Cornell Small Farms Program can provide beginning farmers with the following:

  • News
  • Events
  • Workshop
  • Resources that can benefit a small farm.

The Central New York Regional Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop team is also available to provide assistance.  The four-member team can provide assistance with Dairy Management, Field Crops, Livestock and Farm Business Management.

The resources above, plus others provided on this page are made available to help the beginning farmer, as well as an established farm. We hope that you will benefit from these resources.  Should you have any questions or would like to contact a member of the Central New York Regional Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop team, please feel free to call us.  We will provide as much assistance as we can to help you.

Last updated June 21, 2019