More than two weeks ago, New York's NY FarmNet program shut down operations due to lack of funding. But the state legislature restored funding under the fiscal year budget recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
This week, FarmNet officials announced that the state-wide program was back in business. The program provides free and confidential information, referral and consulting services to Empire State farmers.
Farmers can access FarmNet assistance by calling 1-800-547-3276. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The 25-year-old program that has a demonstrated record of helping farms thrive and keeping them in the family for generations. The consultants assist farm families with financial analysis, business planning, business transfers, as well as retirement and estate planning. It also has consultants available to assist with issues related to conflict management, conducting family meetings, employee management, and succession planning.
All consultants are familiar with agriculture and have backgrounds as successful farmers, ag lenders, Extension educators, Farm Service Agency managers, and counselors. Services are provided free of charge to the farm, with no strings attached.