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

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

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Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

The New York State Maple Tour
July 17-19 in central New York State. The tour will be centered at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Cortland NY and hosted by the Chenango Area Maple Producers Association. Cortland is located in the beautiful eastern Finger Lakes region of New York. This tour will feature stops at 11 maple operations of various sizes and specialties. The tour begins with a tradeshow and registration on Sunday afternoon and evening followed by visits to the maple operations on Monday and Tuesday. Information on the tour stops and registration information is available at the and sites.
Pond Planning, Construction and Care
The Southern Finger Lakes Chapter of the NY Forest Owners Association invites you to join them on Monday evening, July 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Neuhauser Tree Farm; 434 W. Groton Rd; Groton, NY to learn how hosts Ed and Peg Neuhauser designed and built a several acre pond last year. Discussions will include the planning, permitting and implementation of the project, as well as plans for on-going care and enhancement. Experts will be on hand to share advice with other pond owners and those interested in building ponds on their property. Adjacent wetland areas will also be toured. The evening pond walk will take place rain or shine, and require walking in field conditions up to a half mile. No rsvp is required, but questions can be directed to Brett Chedzoy at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County:, or 607-535-7161. This event is free and open to the public.
The Forest Talks
July 26: Fungi & Ethical Foraging - Olga Tzogas. The Forest Talks is a series of guides hikes in heritage forests of the Finger Lakes, 4th Tuesdays from May through October, 5:30 - 8:00pm: The forest and its inhabitants have a lot to tell us about the places we call home, and we are fortunate to have some of the most unique and species-diverse forests of the entire east coast in the Southern Tier of New York. These walks bring participants to some of the more majestic forests of the finger lakes. Local ecologists & foresters will be our guides as practice core routines of forest literacy, along with discussing how what we learn can be applied to our woodlands at home. After the hike we will gather at a nearby pub or coffee shop and continue the conversation. $20 per hike or $100 if you register for all six.
Tractor workshop
Thursday July 28th-Led by Shane LeBrake at the Freeville Research Farm on Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency. Are you a farmer who is interested in scaling up farm production through investment in your first tractor or upgrading to a bigger piece of equipment? The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting two upcoming workshops on the basics of tractor operation, safety, and daily maintenance protocols.
August 4-6th- The conference Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms, will feature presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics, interactive soil health related activities, and a trade show. For more information please visit or click on the picture.
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming & Wolftree Farm offer a Scything Workshop
Sunday, August 7th • 9am – 5pm. Spend the morning making an adjustable Austrian-style scythe to take home. In the afternoon, practice proper techniques for mowing and caring for scythes. (If you come for the afternoon only you may bring your own scythe or share a scythe with others). Workshop instructor: Jeromy Biazzo. For more information please click the picture or visit-
Empire Farm Days
August 9th-11th- Held at 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, United States. For more information please visit the website
Forestry & Agroforestry Short Course
August 12 – 16- with forester Mike Demunn, Farming the Woods co-author and forest farmer Steve Gabriel, and forest nursery owner Sean Dembrosky. Please visit Wellspring Forest Farm for additional details and registration.
Fungi Cultivation & Foraging Short Course
September 16 - 20- with Tradd Cotter, author of Organic Mushroom Farming & Bioremediation & Steve Gabriel. For more information please visit Wellspring Forest Farm

For Your Information

Finger Lakes Permaculture Convergence: Call for Workshops & Presentations- 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:
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Monika Roth
Agriculture Issue Leader; SCNY Regional Ag Team member
(607) 272-2292 ext. 126

Last updated July 19, 2016