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On-Farm Poultry Processing Workshop June 7th

Consumer interest in locally raised pastured poultry is high, and many small-scale farmers are working to meet this demand. One challenge these farmers encounter is that there are no federally-inspected slaughterhouses in NY and state-inspected plants are few and far between. So most small commercial producers take advantage of federal legislation allowing producers raising less than 1,000 chickens/year (or less … Read More

NYSERDA Offers Free Energy Audit

The Agriculture Energy Audit Program offers a free energy audit to farms and on-farm producers. The applicant can choose from one of three levels of audits including a simple walk through for smaller and less complex operations, a standard energy audit which looks at all farm systems and provides recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades and a more … Read More

SUNY Cobleskill, Harvest New York to Host Beef Cutting Seminar

SUNY Cobleskill and Harvest New York invite beef producers to hone their skills in a one-day Beef Cutting Seminar on May 25, the first in a new series of meat production classes to be offered throughout the year. The course will be taught by SUNY Cobleskill faculty, and specialists from the Harvest New York program … Read More

Keith Tidball’s Friday Field Notes: Veterans in Agriculture

Cornell Small Farms Program and the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project got a shoutout in Kieth Tidball’s April 22, 2016 edition of his Friday Field Notes blog. Check it out:   In our second Friday Field Notes blog post we are highlighting how cooperative extension educators in New York worked with personnel from Fort Drum  and with the New York State Division … Read More

Beef Cattle Management Update

Published on April 22, 2016 by Michael James Baker Stocker Cattle Initiative to beef up Southern Tier agriculture Recently awarded a $627,000 programming and research grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo as part of the $5 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement program, Cornell University is looking to bring an emerging livestock market, known as “stocker” beef … Read More

Seeking Articles and Cover Photography for Small Farm Quarterly

We are seeking articles and cover photography for our print publication, the Small Farm Quarterly, which is offered four times a year and reaches over 31,000 readers in New York and the Northeast US. The quarterly is offered as a supplement to Country Folks and is produced by Lee Publications. Farmers, extension educators, and service providers … Read More

Farmer Veteran Coalition and CCOF Organic Webinar Series

Join CCOF and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) on June 2 for a webinar on recordkeeping for organic growers. Learn processes to make on-farm organic recordkeeping easier, as well as a framework to assist you in developing a recordkeeping system for your operation that maintains the records needed for organic certification. This webinar is ideal … Read More

Bring Farm Law 101, a Farm Commons workshop, to your area!

from Rachel Armstrong, Executive Director and Attorney, Farm Commons We want to add value your work educating sustainable farmers by helping you add legal education to your offerings. Farm Commons can help you empower your community through Sustainable Farm Law 101, our custom-created set of workshops that give sustainable farmers the resources to address the basics of land … Read More

Veterans Growing Berries

Vets Growing Berries Saturday, April 23rd, 9am-2pm Apple Hills, 131 Brooks Rd, Binghamton, NY Calling All Veterans:  Do you have an interest in growing strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or other small fruits? Maybe you’d like to start a U-pick, or sell at your local Farmers Market? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County (Binghamton, NY) will be … Read More

Online budgeting tools available for small-scale livestock producers

From https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q1/online-budgeting-tools-available-for-small-scale-livestock-producers.html: Purdue Extension has developed a pair of Web-based, interactive resources to help new producers and anyone thinking about starting a small-scale livestock operation to make critical budgeting decisions. The Purdue Comparative Decision Support matrix, known as PCDS, includes a spreadsheet tool that allows users to create an operating budget based on their own fixed … Read More

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