1969 Farm Business Summary: Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Washington County
Loomis, Clifton W.
This report is a summary of the 1969 farm business records of 11 Rensselaer, 23 Saratoga, and 25 Washington County dairymen. These farmers are cooperators in the Extension Service farm business management program of the three counties. There are approximately 40 counties in New York State in which such projects are operated in cooperation with the College of Agriculture at Cornell. Farmers participating in the farm business management program keep financial and physical records of their farm business. Throughout the year Cooperative Extension Agents assist the farmers in keeping, closing and using their records. At the end of each year, the records are summarized by the Department of Agricultural Economics at Cornell. The primary objective of these business management projects is to help cooperators do a better job of keeping and using records, and thus improve their skill as farm managers. This report has been prepared in workbook form for use in a systematic study of individual farm business operations. The 1968 data from 568 New York dairy farms and the 1969 data from the 59 Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington dairymen can be used for comparison. The summary and analysis presented in this booklet should also be useful to farmers in this area who are not enrolled in the business management projects. Others connected with the agriculture of the area, such as teachers of agriculture and farm credit representatives, should also find it useful in teaching farm management and analyzing farm businesses.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University