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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

Job Openings in the Small Farms Program Office

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce two open positions on our Team. Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator, Full Time The program is searching for a Project Coordinator that will provide management and oversight for several grant-funded projects designed to 1) facilitate military veterans entering into farming and 2) improve long-term viability of “advanced” … Read More

Complete the NY Labor Survey for Farm Owners and Managers

Do you own or manage a farm in New York? Please take the Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices. Your feedback will help the Labor Ready Farmer’s Project develop educational programs and tools to improve farm labor management skills and decision-making. Participants can enter to win either a $100 gift certificate to Tractor Supply or a … Read More

20 Minute Farm Manager Webinar Series

Join us for our April lunchtime webinar series featuring the best of the Good to Great in Ag Labor Management Program. Each webinar will take about 20 minutes and provide tips and resources to help you get off to a great start with your employees this spring. Pre-registration is required but the program is free. … Read More

Calling Specialty Mushroom Growers: Please Complete Survey on 2017 Harvest

The Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking farmers who have grown and sold specialty mushrooms commercially during 2017 in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania to respond to a survey about their harvest numbers, sales, and marketing strategies. The goal in collecting this information on an … Read More

Roundtables in Spanish: Coming up in March

Sessions will take place in the Hudson Valley and in western New York for Latino agricultural employees to gather feedback and help inform program development. These roundtables will offer an opportunity to discuss the role of a farm manager and identify skills that are important to successfully climb the ladder from laborer to management. Events … Read More

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