KEENE, NH, June 17, 2016 — Northeast Farm Access has expanded its financial-services relationship with Farm Credit East, founder and managing director Bob Bernstein announced today.
As NEFA has grown, he explained, it is appropriate to grow its financial-management and accounting capabilities, to provide accurate and timely management information.
“With our third agricultural center in the works,” said Bernstein, “NEFA has completed its research and development phase. Farm Credit will now take the custom financial planning and accounting tools we have developed and tested, and streamline them into protocols that will enable NEFA to fine-tune and scale up our work.”
FCE’s Farm Business Consultant Carol Starkie will serve as NEFA’s point person in the expanded relationship; Farm Credit East’s SVP Jon Jaffe has been a NEFA adviser since the inception, and continues in that role.
“I’m excited to be part of this pioneering project with NEFA, because I believe the community-farmer relationship is crucial to the future of farming here in the region,” Starkie said this week. “Farming in the Northeast is unique, not only in its diversification but in the innovative approach farmers apply to all aspects of farming: securing land, the implementation of progressive farming practices and the delivery of locally grown products to the consumer.”
Farm Credit East is the Number 1 financial-services cooperative for the Northeast agricultural industry, with a seven-state territory and a century of experience.