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RNA insecticide could target specific pests

Could RNA be a new method for controlling insect pests on crops? In a Cornell study, researchers confirmed that foliar application of Colorado potato beetle dsRNA actin (an RNA insecticide) is highly effective for control. Check out the press release or read the full study online for more information!

Video Resources

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website has a video resource library of on-farm production techniques. These videos provide some great examples of high-quality production practices used on successful farms for raising vegetables, berries, pigs, sheep, poultry, and more. Check out the Vegetable Production Video Playlist and others on the Cornell Small Farms YouTube channel. Here … Read More

Healthy soil is underground insurance in extreme weather events, according to study

“By improving soil quality via sustainable agriculture, American farmers can protect us from impacts of drought and flood” A new report by the National Wildlife Federation titled, Can Soil Save Us? Making the Case for Cover Crops as Extreme Weather Risk, was recently released in June. In this report, researchers have found that in the face of climate change, healthy soil … Read More

The Small Farm Quarterly Summer 2015 Issue is Out!

The Summer 2015 issue of Small Farm Quarterly has recently been released! Check out 16 informative articles discussing topics ranging from livestock and poultry to urban agriculture. Download the PDF version or read online here! Want more? Check out our SFQ archived issues.

Cornell Small Farms Update Summer 2015

Message from the Editor Summer is the time of year when things can’t seem to get any busier. I know for myself, being a part time farmer and part time office employee, its sometimes hard to leave the farm and get to work when animals and plants are demanding attention. So many small farmers wear … Read More

October is BQA Month – hosting sites sought

October is BQA month! In 2014 the New York Beef Quality Assurance Committee offered 13 BQA trainings across the state resulting in 71 producers completing Level I certification and 69 completing Level II Certification. This year we hope to improve on this success. To do that we need locations across NY to reach as wide … Read More

Updated Chart Helps Growers Choose Cover Crops

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory have recently updated their interactive, downloadable Cover Crop Chart to include 58 species. The chart gives growers a broad spectrum of potential options that could benefit their operations. It includes information on crop species that may be planted individually or in mixtures and gives specifics … Read More

New USDA Portal Enables Farmers and Ranchers to Request Conservation Assistance Online

Individual landowners and land users now have the secure ability to request conservation technical and financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through the USDA’s Conservation Client Gateway, you can now request help solving a natural resource issue or request a conservation plan on your property, apply for financial assistance, and track documents and payments … Read More

Active Soil Building for Home and Farm – June 27th in Mecklenburg, NY

Join Steve & Elizabeth Gabriel and Jake Delisle at Wellspring Forest Farm to learn about active soil building! Learn a whole systems permaculture approach to seeing and working with soils on mid to large sized land, with emphasis on techniques done with simple tools and techniques. See integrated and functional systems in practice on a working … Read More

Drought Concerns: Milo and Forage Sorghum as Potential Alternatives

The region is lacking a lot of needed moisture going into the growing season. Due to these conditions we need to start looking at potential alternatives for forage production. Forage sorghum and grain sorghum (milo) are forage crops that can be grown in place of corn in dry conditions. Not only do these crops require … Read More

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