Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Ag News

Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

The 2017 New York State Maple Producers Winter Conference January 6 and 7, 2017 – Verona, NY.
A producer-focused 2017 NYS Maple Conference with practical and hands-on sessions for maple producers of all sizes and experience levels to enhance existing and expanding operations. Held at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (V.V.S.) High School, Verona, New York, the conference is sponsored by the V.V.S. FFA, New York State Maple Producers Association, the Cornell Maple Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The V.V.S. High School is located between Utica and Syracuse, New York on State Route 31 just two minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 33. For additional information contact V.V.S. FFA advisor Keith Schiebel at Registration forms will also be available at the New York State Maple Producers Website: or the Cornell Maple Program website:
The Cornell Small Farms Program
Learn about Climate Smart Farming, Maple Syrup Production, Holistic Financial Planning, Vegetable Production, and more during our upcoming farming courses starting January 16. Sign up by December 16 and save $50 on tuition! The Cornell Small Farms Program offers over twenty courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features an evening webinar and follow-up readings, videos, and activities. Students and their instructors connect through online forums and live chat. If you aren't able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.

2017 Empire State Producers Expo
Tuesday, January 17, 2017- January 19, 2017. Oncenter Convention Center Syracuse, NY. This show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of this state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. Please click on the picture to learn more.

Developing your Farm or Food Business
Tuesdays, January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 6:00-9:00 PM. Ithaca, NY 14850. Fee: $150. This 5-session course is specifically for people in the early stages of developing a farm or food business, whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, expand and increase viability. For more information please visit:
Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY, Inc.
2017 Christmas tree farmers Winter Convention to be held in Binghamton
Binghamton-The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY has announced that their 2017 Winter Convention will be held Jan. 26-28, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Binghamton, NY. Please click the picture or visit- for more details.
New Farmers Grant Available to Beginning Farmers
Grant to help with start with improvement of new farm operations

Applications due January 27, 2017

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2016-2017 state budget for the third round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. These grants will help farmers improve profitability resulting in the growth of agribusiness and the concomitant tax revenues within the state. Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older, all owners of the farm must have been farming 10 years or less, have farm operations wholly in NYS, the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in annual farm income. For more information, including the application, click here.

The Grazing World is coming to NYS in 2017!
The Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference Committee is pleased to announce TWO stellar events coming in 2017; The annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference at The Century House in Latham, NY on Saturday, January 28 AND the internationally acclaimed Grassfed Exchange Conference taking Albany by storm September 27-29, 2017. This year’s Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference will be a one day event with four fantastic speakers: Doug Carmichael from Michigan State University will be discussing the research done at the Lake City Research Center looking at grass-finishing, cow/calf production, soil/plant/animal interactions and all of it under Holistic Management. Phyllis Van Amburgh from Dharma Lea Farm and the NY Hub of the Savory Institute is going to talk about pasture management for improved milk production and soil health in grazing dairies. Dr. Rachel Gilker of online grazing magazine will present on soil compaction and the effects on plants and animals as well as ways to prevent or mitigate that compaction. Blaine Hitzfield from Seven Sons Farms will talk about his work in his family’s farming and direct marketing business in Indiana. For more information and to begin registering for the Winter Green-Up and for the Grassfed Exchange Conference, please contact Tom Gallagher at Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County at (518) 765-3511, Tove Foss Ford at (518) 765-3518, or You can also reach Morgan Hartman at
Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms

A series of one-day workshops titled, "Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms" in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market. Participants should be versed in the basics of how to produce log-grown mushrooms prior to attending the workshop. Take a class, or view our free online resources. On the day following the workshop, current and prospective farmers can schedule FREE one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.

Sunday, January 29 - Franklin County CCE (Consultations on Jan 30)

Sunday, February 5 - Wyoming County CCE (Consultations on Feb 6)

Sunday, February 26 - Schuyler County CCE (Consultations on Feb 27)

Friday, March 3 - Greene County CCE (Consultations on March 4)

Core Pesticide Training - Ontario County
Starting January 30th
The Core Pesticide Training Program Series in Ontario County is for the person who needs to acquire the knowledge to be able to take the Pesticide Core exam for a license to apply pesticides. Also this is for certified applicators, private or commercial, seeking recertification credits. Please visit: for detailed information and registration.

Fill Your Freezer: Purchasing Local Meat in Bulk
February 8th, Human Service Complex, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM-March 15th, CCE-Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY, 6:30-8:30 PM. Ready to start buying locally-raised meat in bulk? It's easier and more affordable than you might think, and the benefits are great: know your farmer, know your food, cook and eat with confidence! We will guide you through everything you need to know about researching and contacting farms near you, why buying in bulk can save you money, and how to use the Ithaca and Corning community Meat Lockers. Hosted by the Finger Lakes Meat Project. This class is FREE and open to the public, and will be offered on the following dates and locations:

Profitable Meat Marketing- .
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM-Find out if you’re covering costs—including your TIME! Develop a farm marketing strategy. Learn to reach customers using Use our NEW Price Calculator to price for PROFIT! It will be very helpful if you complete this Carcass Data Collection FORM prior to attending this workshop. Profitable Meat Marketing!You are selling local meat—but are you making money? Click on the picture to learn more.

For Your Information

New Video: "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle- Knowing when an animal is ready for 'finish' or 'slaughter' is extremely important for getting a premium price and satisfying the unique needs of your customers. The Cornell Small Farms Program and the Baskets to Pallets project are pleased to announce a new educational video for livestock producers titled "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle". Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, takes the viewer on a visual tour of features to assess of both finished and unfinished steers and heifers, including beef breeds and dairy crosses. The video will be an excellent resource for livestock farmers and educators alike. Special thanks to Mike Baker and Lynn Bliven of Allegany County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The 2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management is now available for distribution from The Cornell Store.There are three product options: print only, online access only, and bundle (a combination of print and online access).Ordering Information: Print Copy List Price: $30.00 (shipping NOT Included) Online List Price: $30.00 Bundle (print + online): $42.00 (shipping for print copy not included)County Extension Office Price: $4 off list price for each item (Print, Online, or Bundle) with coupon code (shipping NOT Included) (Please contact me if you have forgotten the coupon code) County Extension offices and other customers may submit orders directly via:*Phone at (844) 688-7620 *FAX at (607) 254-8044*Online at

15 NYS counties were declared a primary disaster due to drought and heat using the streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans. Learn more here:

Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-

The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at :

Funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest conservation program that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. The USDA NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, but producers should submit applications by March 31 to USDA service centers to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.

Here is a link to malting barley resources at the Cornell Field Crop website:

For the latest information on saving Hemlock from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid pest in NY, visit:
IPM Insights: As Climate Shifts, So Do Pests January 2016 download. The January 2016 issue of IPM Insights—on the theme of climate and pests—is available for download. The NEIPMCommunication-L list is owned by the Northeastern IPM Center, which fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest management, a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We use the list periodically to distribute news about IPM funding opportunities, research and extension projects, and great IPM information sources. To join or unsubscribe from the list, please send a request via e-mail to

Pilot Project Looking for Fruits and Vegetables
The New York State Office of General Services is looking for vendors to participate in the USDA's Pilot Project for Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables. The goal of the Pilot Project is to develop opportunities for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with USDA funding, and develop new relationships with farmers, growers, produce wholesalers and distributors. This is a great opportunity for farmers, growers and food hubs to grow and expand their local customer base. Vendors of all sizes are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Diane Green at the NYS Office of General Services at (518) 473-9386 or

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

Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-

New RAPP website – The Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, funded by NYSDEC, is charged in developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage their used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and otherwise minimizing waste from plastics in agriculture.

Visit Cornell’s new Field Crops website at: for the latest information on varieties, integrated pest management and other resources for a successful harvest.

Pasture Management Resources: from K. Hoffman, NYGC Grazette
What’s growing in your pasture? If you have ever wondered what some of the plants are that can be found in your pastures, there are some great resource books that can help you identify them.For most of the cool season grasses, a good pocket guide is “Identifying pasture grasses” from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. It has good photos of most of the seed heads you’ll see, as well as some simple descriptions of other plant characteristics to look for. The guide can be ordered through or downloaded for free

The Renewable Heat New York Program promotes the implementation of high efficiency, clean wood burning technology. Included are incentives for retiring old wood and pellet stoves, and outdoor wood boilers. Here is a link to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's web page:

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:


Monika Roth
Agriculture Issue Leader; SCNY Regional Ag Team member
(607) 272-2292 ext. 126

Last updated December 20, 2016