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Improving Agriculture Labor Management – Workshop Series

Your employees are your most valuable resource. Wages, salaries, and contract labor expenses represent more than 40 percent of the cost of production in labor intensive crops like fruits, vegetables, and nursery products. These four workshops will help you become better at managing your farm’s employees. The Cornell Small Farms Program will provide scholarships for NYS Veterans … Read More

Register for the NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting a celebration of our state’s farmer veterans on Nov 29th. The conference is scheduled to take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Arts & Home Center in the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Following the event, a networking reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 pm. At … Read More

DEVELOPING AND USING AN EFFECTIVE MARKETING PLAN (BF 205)

Consider registering for this informative online course starting November 2nd! Most people are drawn to the production side of small-scale agriculture and then are “stuck” with the marketing. This course introduces effective techniques to reduce the amount of time and money that marketing activities draw from the farm while guiding management towards income and lifestyle … Read More

Online Farming Courses Starting Nov 6

Join one of our upcoming online farming courses: Veggie Farming, Berry Production, Introduction to Maple Syrup, and more! 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 … Read More

Agroforestry in Practice

Agroforestry in Practice: a 3-day training for Service Providers October 17, 18, and 19, 2017 in Montour Falls, NY at the Schuyler County Cooperative Extension Agroforestry is the science and art of combining trees and forests with crop production. It is a topic of great interest to many landowners and farmers and offers many promising … Read More

Online Courses Starting September 23: Starting at Square One, Woodlot Management, and Quickbooks

Classes starting the Week of September 23 include: BF 101: Starting at Square One  This course helps new and aspiring farmers take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing resources available (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. Carefully defining what you want to do and how … Read More

Registration Is Now Open for 2017-2018 Online Small Farm Courses

Registration has been opened for the 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses, helping to build the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical … Read More

Baskets or Pallets – Vegetable Grading and Packaging

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience to aide in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. This session is designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets. Learn how to grade … Read More

Introducing Sustainable Food Production to Buffalo Youth: The MAssachusetts Avenue Project

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By Claire Collie For over fourteen years, Massachusetts Avenue Project’s (MAP) Growing Green program on Buffalo’s west side has employed young people, teaching them how to grow food and make positive changes in our local food system. The organization began as a single lot community garden, and has grown … Read More

Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. By RJ Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making … Read More

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