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Apple Scouting Time: Growers Make Good Use of Research Data

Apple growers can put recent pest identification research to good use this spring as they scout their orchards for troublesome insects. The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program funded a collaboration by Cornell University faculty and laboratory personnel and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators to scout regional orchards, identify apple pests, and enter real-time data … Read More

Job Openings in the Small Farms Program Office

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce two open positions on our Team. Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator, Full Time The program is searching for a Project Coordinator that will provide management and oversight for several grant-funded projects designed to 1) facilitate military veterans entering into farming and 2) improve long-term viability of “advanced” … Read More

Complete the NY Labor Survey for Farm Owners and Managers

Do you own or manage a farm in New York? Please take the Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices. Your feedback will help the Labor Ready Farmer’s Project develop educational programs and tools to improve farm labor management skills and decision-making. Participants can enter to win either a $100 gift certificate to Tractor Supply or a … Read More

20 Minute Farm Manager Webinar Series

Join us for our April lunchtime webinar series featuring the best of the Good to Great in Ag Labor Management Program. Each webinar will take about 20 minutes and provide tips and resources to help you get off to a great start with your employees this spring. Pre-registration is required but the program is free. … Read More

Calling Specialty Mushroom Growers: Please Complete Survey on 2017 Harvest

The Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking farmers who have grown and sold specialty mushrooms commercially during 2017 in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania to respond to a survey about their harvest numbers, sales, and marketing strategies. The goal in collecting this information on an … Read More

Roundtables in Spanish: Coming up in March

Sessions will take place in the Hudson Valley and in western New York for Latino agricultural employees to gather feedback and help inform program development. These roundtables will offer an opportunity to discuss the role of a farm manager and identify skills that are important to successfully climb the ladder from laborer to management. Events … Read More

New Local & Regional Food Systems Website!

Local and Regional Food Systems at Cornell recently launched a new, dynamic LRFS website to better demonstrate, strengthen, and build the network around local & regional food systems in New York State.  Learn about the network of people, projects, resources, and locations of their work, connect with others who are working on food system issues; participate in events or online forums; share info on your Cornell or … Read More

Upcoming Workshop in Geneva: Navigating the Ag Labor Maze

Do you hire, or are you considering hiring, migrant or foreign-born labor? Do you want to improve your skills in supervising employees who come from different cultures, especially workers from Mexico and Central America? If yes, this workshop is for you! On April 12 from 11:30am-5:00pm, learn how to build better relations between farmers and … Read More

Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices

Do you manage employees on a farm? Do you need help recruiting and retaining good staff? Please take this brief survey and share important feedback that will help shape our new Labor Ready Farmer project. Growing a great workforce can result in long-term benefits for your business. Share your management challenges and successes to help us better understand … Read More

Beginning Teamster Workshop: Working With Draft Horses

Cornell Small Farms Program, Equicenter of Rochester, Draft Animal Power Network, and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming present: Beginning Teamster Workshop –  Working With Draft Horses February 17th 9:00AM – 4:00PM Oxley Equestrian Center, Cornell University, Ithaca NY In this workshop we aim to give participants a full day of experiencing what is like to work with draft … Read More

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