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 firstname.lastname@example.org Registration forms will also be available at the New York State Maple Producers Website: www.nysmaple.com or the Cornell Maple Program website: www.cornellmaple.com
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! http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/annual-calendar-of-courses/ 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
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: http://groundswellcenter.org/farmertraining/businessplanning/
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 OnPasture.com
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 grassfedexchange.com. You can also reach Morgan Hartman at email@example.com.
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)
Friday, March 10 -TO REGISTER CLICK HERE
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: http://www.cceontario.org/temp2.asp?id=pesticide-education 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 MeatSuite.com 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 http://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx
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: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/emergency-designations/2016/ed_2016_0825_rel_0095?platform=hootsuite
Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-http://www.nyimapinvasives.org/
The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at : http://blogs.cornell.edu/capitalareaagandhortprogram/hay-manual/.
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:http://fieldcrops.cals.cornell.edu/small-grains/malting-barley
For the latest information on saving Hemlock from the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid pest in NY, visit:http://blogs.cornell.edu/foresthealth/nys-hemlock-initiative
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. http://neipmc.org/go/ipm-insights 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 NortheastIPM@cornell.edu.
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 Diane.Green@ogs.ny.gov.
Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/events/
Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2015/09/20/new-meat-locker-in-corning-encourages-locals-to-buy-in-bulk-from-livestock-farmers.html
New RAPP website – http://www.recycleagplastics.css.cals.cornell.edu/ 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: http://fieldcrops.org 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 www.uwex.edu/ces/pubs or downloaded for free http://www.api-virtuallibrary.com/35keys/pdf/0415-pm-whats-growing.pdf
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:http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/renewableheatny
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,