Center for Farm Financial Management

About the Center for Farm Financial Management

The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) provides educational programs and software tools that are practical, timely, and applicable to real-world farm situations.

Products and training focus on farm financial planning, financial analysis, commodity marketing, and ag credit analysis. CFFM products are widely used by farmers, agricultural lenders and educators across the United States. FINPACK, the Center’s flagship software product, provides a suite of tools that guide producers and ag professionals to sound financial decisions. Commodity marketing workshops 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, finance, and technology. Most have farming backgrounds and many 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 American Agricultural Economics Association (2004, 2001 and 1988) and as well as the Superior Service Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (1988).

Who We Serve

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




CFFM Initiatives


The premier farm financial planning and analysis software, with versions for producers, lenders, and educators. Now available: commercial credit analysis


FINBIN is the largest and most accessible source of farm financial and production benchmark information in the world

Ag Risk Education Library
Ag Risk Library

The Ag Risk & Farm Management Library collects, categorizes and organizes thousands of Agriculture Risk and Farm Management documents, videos and presentations to help you find the information you need


AgPlan helps rural business owners develop a business plan. Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE


AgTransitions helps farmers and ranchers develop a plan to transition their business to the next generation

Grain Marketing
Grain Marketing

Ed Usset attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff in the often confusing world of grain marketing

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