Southern Tier Maple School|
December 3rd 9:30-noon. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s State Maple
Specialist, Steve Childs, will lead this annual refresher to help maple
producers of all levels improve the productivity, efficiency and
profitability of their operations. The workshop will conclude with a
demonstration of how to make maple coated nuts. Light refreshments
provided. $5 donation at the door. For general information on maple
syrup production, please visit: www.cornellmaple.com For additional questions, contact Brett Chedzoy of Schuyler CCE at 607-535-7161, or by email at: email@example.com
2016 Cornell Hops Conference & NeHA Annual Meeting|
December 3, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at Morrisville State College, Morrisville,
NY. The Cornell Hops Conference and Northeast Hops Alliance Annual
Meeting will take place at Morrisville State College, December 3. Blake
Crosby of Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn Oregon will attend as this year's
featured speaker, along with speakers from Cornell and University of
Vermont, and others. More information available here; registration open here. Register by November 28, 2016
Wreath Making with Natural Materials
December 6, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Enjoy an evening wreath decorating with Maria Ort from Ort Family Farm.
Learn how toidentify and collect materials from the land to make your
very own wreath. The workshop will be held at the Human Services Complex
in Montour Falls in room 120. The workshop is $20 and you will take
home the wreath you decorate. The fee is $20.
Marketing locally-raised meats outside of traditional commodity outlets|
A current slump in commodity prices has many livestock producers
searching for more stable and profitable alternatives for selling their
animals. Join the Tri-county graziers on Wednesday, December 7th
from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bath Civil Defense Center (SR 54 Bath, NY)
to hear about the positive experiences and learning curves of direct
marketing by Pennsylvania producers Dave Albert and Ted Barbour (bios
below). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the
Tri-county graziers, with support from Cornell Cooperative Extension,
the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, the Soil and Water Conservation
Districts of Steuben, Schuyler and Allegany Counties, and Penn State
University Extension. For questions or more information, please contact
Brett Chedzoy of Schuyler CCE at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at: 607-742-3657.
Misty Mountain Farm is in part a family heritage farm to table
agricultural enterprise that had its start in 1854 with John Wolfgang
Albert coming to America from Germany. Dave and Holly Albert are the
sixth generation to manage the homestead property of 200 plus acres and
now rent ~ 300 acres of adjoining lands for pasture and row crops.
Currently they market ~40,000 lbs of beef, lamb and poultry via two
farmers markets and a number of restaurants in the Williamsport, Pa
area. Their beef herd consists of commercial type cattle bred to Pharo
Cattle Company Black Angus bulls purchased direct since 2011. Their
ultimate end goal is to supply customers with a high quality eating
experience that is affordable, while calculating their return on a per
Barbour Grassfed Beef Farm is operated by Ted Barbour and family
near Williamsport, PA. Ted works full-time off farm and does not
factor his time into farming cost calculations. They are conception to
consumption production using single stream direct marketing
of grass-fed freezer beef only. They have minimal equipment, pasture
the entire farm (55 acres), and lease nearby pasture (25-110 acres).
Calving is in May/June, weaning at Christmas, and direct market the
following Thanksgiving. Cows are wintered outside with hay purchased
off-farm. This year, Barbour Grassfed Beef processed 22 carcasses to
Managing Your Small Poultry Flock|
December 7, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 pm,Cornell Cooperative
Extension, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. This workshop
is open to all poultry producers, from the backyarder to commercial
scale production. With increasing interest in self-sufficiency,
sustainability, and eating local, we are seeing more small farm and
backyard poultry producers here in the Finger Lakes Region as elsewhere
within New York State. One area of concern is the increase incidence of
disease and E. coli contamination in these small flocks. Many of these
producers are interested in free-range or pastured poultry to meet a
marketing niche or a life style. Some are in need of information on
regulations on the sale of eggs or slaughtered birds. While those just
getting started often have questions about feeding and housing
requirements or which breed of bird would be best for their situation.
To address these concerns and questions, a panel will present at the
workshop. Dr. Jarra Jagne, Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine
will discuss poultry diseases, how to prevent them, and steps to take
should an outbreak occur in your flock. Nancy Glazier, Small Farm
Specialist with the NWNY Team will provide insight on raising pastured
poultry, different breeds of birds, and regulations regarding the sale
of eggs and meat birds. Russell Welser, Agricultural Resource Educator
will speak on raising poultry in the backyard with consideration to
purchasing, housing, feeding, and more. Preregistration requested by
Friday, December 2, 2016. Fee: $10.00 per person. Register by contacting
585-394-3977 x 427 or email email@example.com with your name, address, and phone number.
Profitable Meat Marketing Workshop|
You're selling local meat, but are you making money?
December 8, 6:00-9:00 pm at CCE Yates County, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan,
NY Join Ag. Marketing Specialist Matt LeRoux at a Profitable Meat
Marketing workshop near you to find out if you are covering all your
meat marketing costs-including your TIME-and bringing in a profit. To
get the most our of this workshop, attendees are encouraged to bring, or
think about, their production costs and retail prices in advance. For a
list information needed for the Meat Price Calculator, as well as more
information about the workshop click here. Register online here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - Putnam County CCE (Consultations on March 11)
Cost: $30/person 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.
For Your Information
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,