About the Center for Farm Financial Management

The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) develops applications and educational programs that provide educators, lenders, other professionals, and farmers resources to successfully manage farms and the financial activities related to farms and small businesses.

Products and training focus on farm financial planning, financial analysis, business planning, commodity marketing, and credit analysis. CFFM products are widely used by farmers, agricultural & commercial lenders and educators across the United States. FINPACK, the Center’s flagship software product, provides a suite of tools that guide producers, lenders, and educators to sound financial decisions. Commodity marketing workshops and tools provide a “hands-on” opportunity for producers to test their marketing skills and learn marketing strategies that will help improve their bottom line.

The Center for Farm Financial Management is located in Ruttan Hall on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. It is a unit in the Department of Applied Economics. It is also a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University of Minnesota Extension.


The mission of the Center for Farm Financial Management is to improve the farm financial management and marketing abilities of agricultural producers and the professionals who serve them through educational software and training programs.


The Center’s faculty and staff have a broad range of training and experience in agricultural economics, credit, finance, and technology. Many have farming backgrounds and several are still actively involved in farm operations. This real-world experience helps us focus on topical and practical educational issues.

Staff members have been honored as part of the Group Award for Distinguished Extension Programs by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (2017, 2004, 2001 and 1988).

Who We Serve

  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Agricultural & Commercial Lenders
  • Extension Educators
  • University/Technical College Educators
  • Public Agencies
  • Private Businesses and Consultants
  • Crop Insurance Agents

Products and Initiatives

You can learn more about our products and initiatives in the FINPACK, Tools and About sections of this website.