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In response to COVID-19
Here is a list of websites or phone numbers to keep handy:

** Please note, not all small businesses fall under SBA, please call the Syracuse office to determine***

** Although our counties have not been declared emergency status, SBA Syracuse confirmed they were waiting on the directive from government you can create an account and update when available*

USDA (Farm Service Agency):

NYS Ag and Markets:

Empire State Development:

What to know about Income Tax Extension:

COVID-19 and Your Dairy
This webinar on Friday, March 20th at 10am will be led by Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY. It will cover: why prevention of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is important, steps that employers should take to protect employees, animal health considerations, what to do if service providers are not available, disaster contingency plans, cross-training of employees who can fill other roles, business resources for employers, and pending federal and state legislation related to coronavirus and employees.

Link to Join COVID-19 and Your Dairy

Finger Lakes Beverage Conference and Trade Show at del Lago Resort & Casino
Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The conference in 2020 will center on the Tasting/Tap room experience with all breweries, cideries, wineries, distilleries, and meaderies invited to attend this educational opportunity to learn from experts, network with conference participants and visit trade show vendors.
Master Gardeners' Plant Sale
June 6, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM- The annual Master Gardeners' Plant Sale will be held June 6th. The gardeners are busy collecting and growing plants that will grow beautifully in your yard. Save the date and plan on coming early--we tend to sell out within a few hours. Gardeners in Tioga County look forward to this annual sale. They know it is the best place to get great plants at amazing prices, all the while supporting the horticulture program at CCE. Held at CCE Tioga.
PLANT SALE- Save the Date
June 20th- 10am-3pm– Come out to the Hector Fair grounds and purchase plants from several local nurseries and vendors. Enjoy gardening classes and Chicken BBQ from the Hector Lyons Club. Contact Roger Ort with questions 607.535.7161 or email
For Your Information
On January 29, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated many Southern Tier Counties as disaster counties due to losses caused by excessive rain that occurred during the 2019 crop year. Farmers or ranchers that own or operate land in the Southern Tier Counties are eligible for emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses due to the excessive rain. Farmers or ranchers who have suffered at least a 30 percent loss in crop production or a physical loss to livestock, livestock products, real estate, or chattel property due to the disaster condition are eligible. To learn more about emergency loans and other eligibility criteria visit or contact the Farm Loan Department (located in Bath, NY) at 607-776-7398 x-2.

Cooperative Extension Seeks New Environmental Program Committee Members
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins) is seeking six community members who will form a Program Advisory Committee to develop and guide environmental issues programming in our county. To join the Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest by February 26th to Dawn Montanye at or at CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850-3555. Please direct questions to Dawn at 607.272.2292. For information on our programs and other volunteer opportunities, please visit
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is offering financial assistance to farm operations for repairs and upgrades that help make for a safer workplace. Funds of up to $5,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis to applications approved through the John May Farm Safety Fund. For additional information, to download an application or to see videos of funded projects, go to, call 800-343-7527 or email at<>.

Attention: Gardeners: Creation of a new American Rose Society Chapter! There are many gardeners who grow roses or would like to grow roses in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier who would be greatly served by having a local chapter. A local club would provide opportunities for meeting gardeners throughout our region, learning about growing roses, and visiting private and public gardens featuring roses. The counties in our region could include: Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. If you are interested, please contact me. It would be great to have our first meeting sometime this winter. Lee Ginenthal, Der Rosenmeister Nursery 607-351-1336
Growing the Specialty Mushroom Industry in the Northeast
NYS Grown & Certified Opens Applications for Honey Producers- NYS Grown & Certified has expanded to include honey producers. To be eligible, honey producers must harvest 100 percent of their honey in New York, complete Cornell University’s Honey Food Safety Best Practices Manual test, and label their honey products according to standards set in the Best Practices Manual. Applicants must also submit the Honey Bee Health Information form and have a bee health inspection every two years. For more information and to apply, please visit

Hemp Education-

NY FarmNet- "We guide NY State farms through periods of transition, opportunity or challenge by providing free, confidential, on farm consulting services. We facilitate farm families in achieving their business and personal goals. We help NY State agriculture thrive." Free and confidential

Kiwiberry Enthusiasts- The regional kiwiberry production guide and enterprise analysis is now available! To access it, go to:
Composting Educational Materials
  • Don’t forget about the Compost Use for Improved Soil Poster SeriesPlease contact CWMI if you’d like full size posters printed for your use.
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Agricultural Applications
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Highway Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Reclamation and Remediation
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Roadsides, Street Trees and Medians
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Slope Stabilization, Erosion Control and Stormwater Management
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil: Make it Use it Urban Applications
    • School Composting – Let’s Get Growing A downloadable 16 page guide for student leaders and teachers. As educators, we have an important task ahead. The next generation of decision-makers is being educated in your classroom. How can you help? By starting this generation off with information and habits that emphasize reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing, recycling and composting whatever we can, and incinerating, landfilling, and finding other technologies to dispose of the rest. This document provides you with: (1) Ideas for incorporating composting into the curriculum. (2) Steps to take to start a school composting/diversion program. (3) Descriptions of successful school composting programs. CWMI has printed copies of this fact sheet. Please contact us if you’d like some mailed to you.

Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-

The Tax Tips For Forest Landowners
Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. Non-industrial private woodlands comprise approximately 60% of the nation’s total forests. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands. For the latest tax information and tips regarding private woodlands, visit:

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Last updated March 23, 2020