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Log Grown Mushrooms Now Official Crop in New York

ITHACA, NY – The Cornell Small Farms Program announces a new development in the emerging log-grown mushroom industry; New York State has officially designated “actively managed log-grown woodland mushrooms” within the meaning of the term “crops, livestock and livestock products,” for purposes of provisions of law relating to agricultural districts. The bill, introduced by Bill Magee … Read More

Small Farms, New Markets: Fall Webinars Start 10/12

Fall Webinars Feature Livestock and Produce Farmers Are you looking to get your farm products into bigger markets?  Local food is in high demand, but with so many possible avenues — grocery stores, food hubs, restaurants, cooperatives — to name a few, it’s not always easy to know which new market will be the best … Read More

Cover Crop and Reduced Tillage Workshop for Organic Vegetable Growers

On October 16th, a cover crop workshop targeted for small scale vegetable producers is being held at USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center. Speakers from NRCS, Cornell University, and Kings Agriseeds will be in attendance. You will have the chance to observe multiple cover crop plots and a reduced tillage demonstration. For more information, check … Read More

NESAWG Scholarship deadline now extended to September 7 at midnight!

NESAWG is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the 2015 It Takes a Region Conference. Those interested must submit an application no later than September 7, 2015 by midnight. If you apply for a scholarship, please wait until you find out whether you received a scholarship before you register for the conference. Recipients … Read More

Apply Now for New Farmer Profit Teams

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

Registration Now Open for Online Classes Through the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project!

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

Eastern NY Soil Health Field Day

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

Farmers Market Managers Professional Certification Course

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

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

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