‘Ag Business Thursdays’ offers free help for farmers

Published Jul 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Free farm-business technical assistance will be offered through appointments in August at “Ag Business Thursdays” sessions at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County office, 121 Second St. in Whitestown.

The sessions are planned for Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. They will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., except for the Aug. 24 session which is from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required, said Cooperative Extension. Appointments are in 1.5-hour increments. In some cases, early morning or early evening appointments may be available.

To register, go to tinyurl.com/y8gumz8p or call 315-736-3394, ext. 104

Topics for consultations can include labor regulations and management; risk management (insurance and best practices); land use regulations and zoning; personal finance and farm transition planning; tax and other grant and incentive programs; bookkeeping and record keeping; pricing products and market channel assessment; and loan programs and financing decisions.

If a person cannot attend on the scheduled dates, other options are available including arranging to be consulted by phone or video conference.

The ag business management specialist is Bonnie Collins at bsc33@cornell.edu.