Are you a beginning farmer in New York state who has been farming for at least three years? Is the farm business you manage at a crossroads, needing to improve efficiency, scale up, or make other major changes to achieve long-term viability? Do you need some decision support to improve profitability of the farm business after … Read More
Late Fall through Winter and early Spring is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the frenetic pace (at least somewhat), and build new skills for the coming growing season. If you sign up for an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, you don’t even need to leave your home to … Read More
Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with USDA NRCS, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, The Watershed Agricultural Council, and Schoharie Valley Farms will be hosting a Soil Health Field Day – Building Better Soils With Cover Crops, September 3, 2015 in farm fields at Fox Creek Park 495 N Main Street (State … Read More
The Farmers Market Federation of NY, in partnership with SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, is pleased to announce the first ever Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course to kickoff November 10th to 12th on the SUNY Cobleskill Campus: FMM PRO. This program will create New York State’s first Market Manager Certification … Read More
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!
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
“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 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.
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! 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