Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up or make other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve your farm business profitability after three to nine years of running it?
If you answered "yes" to all the above, your potential break-through opportunity may be here, says Matt Weiss, coordinator for Cornell Small Farms Program's New Farmer Profit Team program. Farmers at this stage are often faced with critical decisions that determine the long-term viability of their operation.
You don't need to face these decisions alone. You may be eligible to receive financial support for a New Farmer Profit Team. This initiative seeks to improve the long-term success of advanced beginning farmers by providing selected farmers with customized, one-on-one guidance from farm professionals (financial, production, legal, marketing, etc.) over an 18-month to two-year period.
The New Farmer Profit Teams are modeled on Dairy Profit Teams. And they have a successful track record of improving productivity, profitability and efficiency of the participating farms.
If this sounds like it could be helpful, read more about the program and find a link to the application at the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project website. The application deadline for this first round is April 1. Only 10 farms will be chosen.
A second round of applicants will be accepted in fall 2015. But if you don't make the first round sign-up, you'll be higher on the list for round two.
This project is a collaboration of the Cornell Small Farms Program, NY Farm Viability Institute, and NY FarmNet. It's made possible with funding from NYFVI and USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.Got questions? Contact Weiss at 607-255-9911 or email him at [email protected].