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Berry Pest Workshop- March 4th

Growers of fall raspberries, mid-late season blueberries, and day-neutral strawberries can learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) at this upcoming workshop offered by the NYS Berry Growers Association. Registration is $25/person for NYSBGA members and $50/person for non-members. Register by February 25th at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/grower/nybga/. When: March 4, 2015 Where: Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, … Read More

Year-Round High Tunnels Course

Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems.  Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease … Read More

NYS New Farmers Grant Fund- must be postmarked by Jan. 28th

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund provides assistance to new and early-stage farmers and encourages farming as a career path. The fund will provide grants from $15,000 to $50,000 for up to 50% of project costs including, but not limited to, lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of … Read More

Farmigo: Farm Management Software

Farmigo CSA Management Software lets you to manage your CSA, from member sign-ups to delivery. Never miss an opportunity to gain a new member with online sign-up and payment. The mobile-friendly software allows you to manage member accounts, track payments, send emails, and much more on the go! Working with over 300 CSA’s throughout the … Read More

Come work with us! Cornell Small Farms Program is hiring

The Cornell Small Farms Program and Northeast Beginning Farmers Project are hiring a full-time Project Coordinator for some new beginning farmer initiatives. Please share this news far and wide so we can recruit a great pool of applicants! Click here to see more details and to apply. Here are a few details: This is a … Read More

The 7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis, of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer. Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY. Once again this year there will be a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef, … Read More

Intensive Farm Business Planning Course

This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class in Ithaca, NY covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning … Read More

Grassfed Beef Financial Calculators Available Online

The Pasture Project of the Wallace Center has posted two financial calculators. The Grassfed Beef Decision Calculator is a comprehensive, interactive Excel spreadsheet that allows users to examine the costs of various beef cattle enterprises. Another spreadsheet, Comparison of Rental Rates for Landowners, lets landowners compare rents from leasing to grass-fed beef operations versus corn … Read More

ATTRA Publication Details Federal Conservation Programs‏

During the past decade, major federal conservation programs that help farmers and ranchers maintain and enhance sustainable practices have increased dramatically. Access to these resources can open new opportunities to preserve agricultural lands, develop sustainable practices, and open new markets. A new ATTRA publication, Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching,  is an overview of … Read More

One Website, Dozens of Seed Catalogs

PickACarrot.com offers a free innovative and efficient way to locate, compare and purchase seeds from dozens of seed catalogs.  It’s easy to filter for certified organic or conventional seed, treated or untreated, hybrid or open-pollinated, or by price, quantity, days-to-maturity, and a number of other categories. For 2015, they have improved their search and added many … Read More

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