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Donating Your Harvest to Support Hungry New Yorkers: An Instructional Guide for Farmers on Donating Extra Food

This article covers:  Becoming part of the solution  Tax credit for farmers who donate harvest  Resources to help you coordinate The Problem: Studies show that unhealthy, heavily processed food is more affordable and easier to access than food that is fresh, healthy and locally grown. 2.67 million, or 13.5%, of New Yorkers are … Read More

Deadline in June! Get Counted for the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture!

Are you registered to receive the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture questionnaire? If not, you have until late June to sign up. Currently, the USDA Census of Agriculture is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban … Read More

Accepting Applications for Armed to Farm

The Cornell Small Farms Program in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training back to New York State. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm … Read More

New! Find all your favorite resources in one place!

Have you noticed our new look? Yes, we’ve merged our sister site, the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, with the Small Farms Program website. You can now find all the great features of both sites in one place, but excuse some broken links. We’re working to address them as soon as possible! If you need help … Read More

Utilizing Alfalfa Heights as a Predictor for Quality

Did you know that Alfalfa height may be a reliable indicator of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values for your alfalfa field and alfalfa/grass-mixed fields? The South Central New York (SCNY) team is monitoring alfalfa heights again this Spring to help predict % NDF for first cutting hay crop. Results will be compiled and emailed on a weekly … Read More

Tune in to our Summer 2017 Webinar Series

Attendees of the November 2016 Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) meeting made it clear that they wanted ways to remain connected and learning from each other throughout the year. So we invited your ideas for topics you would be willing to share, and the following monthly webinars are the result: a mosaic of ideas representing … Read More

Seeking Submissions: Small Farm Quarterly

A reminder that if you have research and extension work relevant to small farmers in New York and the Northeast, the Small Farm Quarterly is a great place to get the word out. We reach over 32,000 readers, 75% of which reside in NY. We invite anyone to submit an article relevant to our farming readership … Read More

Register Now: Tractor Workshops: TWO LOCATIONS!

Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency, productivity and profitability.  Are you a farmer who is interested in scaling up farm production through investment in your first tractor or upgrading to a bigger piece of equipment?  Are you a beginning or experienced farmer who wants to understand tractors … Read More

Livestock Sector: $100 for Your Thoughts?

What investments will help grow our livestock sector? Are you faced with challenges in the production of livestock on your farm? Do these affect your ability to grow your business? Or do you work with livestock producers as an educator, researcher, service provider or veterinarian? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension want to … Read More

Cornell Experts to Convene Soil Summit

GENEVA, NY – Soil amendments such as raw manure offer clear benefits to agricultural production, but they can also pose potential environmental and food safety risks if not handled properly. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule outlines some requirements for using soil amendments because of the microbial risks associated with their use.  Raw … Read More

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