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Webinar to Assist with Sustainable Ag. Research and Education (SARE) Preproposals

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) application system is now open to preproposals for three large grant programs: Research & Education, Professional Development, and Research for Novel Approaches.  Preproposals are brief preliminary concept documents due by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2018.  Acceptable budgets range from $30k to upwards of $200k. View this webinar recording to learn more about these grant programs, the … Read More

Brand New Videos to Train New Dairy Workers

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is promoting a series of on-boarding safety training videos for new dairy workers. These free videos were created by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (HICAHS) and are a valuable resource for dairy farmers looking to train new workers quickly and … Read More

New York State Winery? Sign up for Winery Benchmarks Program

The sign-up period for Farm Credit East’s annual Winery Benchmarks program is now open! The Winery Benchmarks is a unique program for Northeast wineries to measure their businesses against wine industry peers. The program is now accepting registrations for the 2018 benchmark. The program offers participants two report options: the Management Review report or an Executive … Read More

Small Farms Program Supports Diversity in Agriculture

Farm workers harvest kale at Main Street Farms in Cortland, New York. Photo: Zack Bolton As Dani Baker looked forward to retirement in 2006, she and her partner David Belding purchased 102 acres on Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River. They were intrigued by the idea of resuscitating a … Read More

Dairy Farmer? Watch out for the alfalfa snout beetle.

Untreated, alfalfa snout beetle is costing Northern New York farmers with 100-cow dairies between $30,000 to $60,000 per year every year, depending on the size of the pest infestation and the speed of alfalfa stand loss. The pest has been identified in nine New York State counties: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. … Read More

Nearly 1,000 Participate in Chautauqua County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 52nd Annual Field Day

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held Conservation Field Days on May 23rd and 24th at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center on Route 430 in Bemus Point. 4-H welcomed nearly 1,000 area fifth graders from 19 schools. Youth visited seven of 32 stations ranging from bluebirds to fly fishing, map and … Read More

Want to Improve Quality of Dairy Forage? Add Meadow Fescue to Crop Mix

The spring harvest of alfalfa-grass mixes may account for up to half of the total forage yield of those crops for dairy farmers. The results of alfalfa-grass research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program may suggest a new option for dairy farmers looking to enhance forage production. The report is posted … Read More

Mapping Services for Ag Refugees in New York

Do you serve refugee farmers?   Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program are seeking to identify organizations who are working with refugee populations engaged in agriculture in New York State.  If this describes your organization, please take a minute to fill out a short questionnaire describing your work. Click here for Questionnaire We will compile … Read More

Save the Date for the First New York Soil Health Summit

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Time: TBD Location: Empire State Plaza, Downtown Albany, NY Save the date for the first New York Soil Health Summit. This event, organized by the New York Soil Health project, is for farmers, researchers, agriculture service providers, government agencies, non-profits and policy-makers interested in advancing soil health efforts across the state. Topics include: Local experts/grower panel Research and policies relevant to soil … Read More

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

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