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Upcoming Classes/Events

Free Information Sessions to Discuss Assistance Opportunities for Farms and Food Businesses:

Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) is eager to support businesses that are ready to roll up their sleeves and accomplish their goals. HVADC will host multiple free virtual information sessions to discuss how its ongoing Business Technical Assistance (BTA) programs and loan funds are available to food and farm businesses throughout its eight county coverage area, which includes Orange, Albany, and Dutchess counties.


The information sessions will discuss how HVADC provides individualized BTA to farms and food entrepreneurs through its Incubator Without Wall Program (IWW) and the loan programs it facilitates. HVADC’s BTA one-on-one consulting services include business, strategic and succession planning; financial analysis, marketing, human resource management, agribusiness industry-specific knowledge of best practices and equipment, and legal assistance. Its funding programs enable HVADC to extend help to the regional agribusiness economy in the form of access to capital for a variety of purposes. Zoom presentations will be held:

Tuesday, October 19: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 25:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Participants are welcome from all the counties that HVADC serves - Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Rensselaer, Sullivan, Ulster, and Washington.

To RSVP for one of the three upcoming information sessions or obtain additional information by visiting the Eventbrite link or by emailing Brianna Merrill at or at 518-965-4145


Farmer Tax School Series Announced

Cornell Cooperative Extension offers an educational series to assist with farm income tax management


Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Business Management Specialists from across the state for their virtual Farmer Tax School, offered in October 2021 through January 2022. This educational series offers courses designed to inform and empower farm managers to better understand their tax obligations, management strategies, and improve farm profitability. For more information, visit


Each course, outlined below, has its own fee. There are scholarships available for those experiencing financial hardship. The courses will be offered virtually via live and interactive zoom webinar. For those without internet access, there will be a call-in option available with the opportunity to receive paper copies of the presentation via mail. Each presentation will be recorded and sent to those who are registered (even if you can’t attend the live event).


Register online by visiting This is required three business days in advance of the workshop. You can register for one, some of, or all courses. This series has options for agricultural producers of all shapes, sizes, and time in business.


Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

Wednesdays, October 13th, 20th, 27th

7pm - 8:30pm


A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer. Our first session will provide an overview of tax planning, the management of tax liability, and assessing your record keeping system. Second session will delve into everything Schedule F - depreciation and classifying revenues and expenses. The final session will be led by a professional tax-preparer who will introduce tax planning strategies and the timeline for implementation with ample time for questions and discussion.


Farm Financial Records for Decision Making & Tax Management

Thursday, December 2nd

7pm - 9pm


A primer for beginning farmers, or a tune-up for those already in production, on recording income and annual expenses,  capital expenditures and depreciation with additional information covering loans & credit card or revolving loan payments, sales of business assets, and deducting losses.


Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

Tuesday, January 18th

7pm - 9pm


A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.   Federal and state income taxes will be covered.

Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well.


Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

Tuesday, January 25th

7pm - 8:30pm


For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.


There are sponsorship opportunities available to help off-set the cost of the program. Farm Financial Services Providers are encouraged to join as a sponsor. This will add their name to a service directory that will be made available electronically and in print to all participants. Sponsorships are available for $100/organization and will also collect information about services offered, location, and contact information.


For more information, or for assistance in finding the course that is right for you, contact your regional Farm Business Management Specialist or any of the following planning team members:

  • Bonnie Collins, CCE Oneida County, 315-335-4268,

  • Steve Hadcock, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture, 518-380-1497,

  • Elizabeth Higgins, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture, 518-949-3722,

  • Mary Kate MacKenzie, South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops, 509-294-6073,

  • Dayton Maxwell, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture, 518-380-1498,

  • Joan Petzen, Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops, 716-378-5267,

  • Nicole Tommell, Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops, 315-867-6001,

  • Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops, 716-640-0522,


Cornell Small Farms Online Courses:

Cornell Small Farms Program has announced a new slate of online courses for the fall, featuring new courses and learning opportunities. The program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. New topics include “Reading the Land,” “Beef Cattle Management,” and “Social Media & Online Marketing.”

Archived webinars for Farmers. Covering topics like Farm Energy, Farm Finances, Land Access, Marketing, and Vegetable Production:


American Farmland Trust "Farming in a Pandemic" video series


In this web series from American Farmland Trust, they sit down (over video) with small farmers and food system workers from across the country to talk about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting their farms, markets and lives. You may recognize several local faces:

Episode 4 features Michael Hurwitz from NYC Greenmarket Farmers Markets
Episode 8 features Featherbed Lane Farm owner, and AFT's own, Tim Biello 
Episode 11 features Lee Hennessy and Moxie Ridge Farm

The entire series can be found at:

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