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Restoration Agriculture Lecture – Mark Shepard on profitable ecological farming

October 19th, 2015 7-9 pm 9 Training Center Ln, New Hampton, NY 10958 Mark Shepard has transformed a 106 acre degraded Wisconsin corn field into a diverse silvopasture system that mimics the ecological functions of a savannah without sacrificing productivity and profitability. In this lecture, you will learn about important ways to improve modern farming … Read More

Where to Get Educational Experience

Accredited Agriculture Institutions Map Are you looking to pursue further education in agriculture or ag-related fields? The map below can help simplify your search. This map lists accredited institutions that offer programs from animal science to viticulture. These accredited institutions have all been evaluated and have met the general standards set by the peer review accreditation boards. Colleges, … Read More

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

So you want to make hay, eh? In this fourth installment on farm machinery, I present information for the new, small, or beginning farmer about the equipment, steps, and skills needed to make dry hay. There are many good reasons as to why you should not try to make hay for your farm. First, the … Read More

Part Time Farmer, Full Time Mom

Farming with a toddler gives “family farm” a new meaning by Sara Edelman It is 5:50am.  My alarm is going off, but I have already been awake for nearly 20 minutes, desperately trying to go back to sleep.  Thank you, toddler of mine, for being so keen on routine.  I hit snooze with the hopes … Read More

New York Dairy Farm Business Summary for 2014

by Richard Kimmich Each year, the Cornell Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis (DFBS) Program analyzes data from dairy farms across the state and provides the participating farmers with information to assist in improving the financial management of their business. This data is also summarized across the state and publications are generated for different aspects … Read More

Cornell Small Farms Update Summer 2015

Message from the Editor Summer is the time of year when things can’t seem to get any busier. I know for myself, being a part time farmer and part time office employee, its sometimes hard to leave the farm and get to work when animals and plants are demanding attention. So many small farmers wear … Read More

New Report: Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement

The Illinois Public Health Institute and Crossroads Resource Center have released new report – Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement – to assist communities in enhancing the health and economic impacts of local food procurement initiatives. The report highlights strategies for communities to add locally sourced food to their institutional food systems, recommends ways to conceptualize … Read More

Grants Support Organic Dairy Farm Succession Initiative

Organic farm succession may be key to future of dairy farms The transfer of working organic dairy farms to next generation farmers is one way to secure the viability and production of New England’s dairy farms. Grants from two organic food and farming supporters have helped to spur an initiative aimed at successfully transferring working organic dairy farms to the … Read More

Updated Chart Helps Growers Choose Cover Crops

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory have recently updated their interactive, downloadable Cover Crop Chart to include 58 species. The chart gives growers a broad spectrum of potential options that could benefit their operations. It includes information on crop species that may be planted individually or in mixtures and gives specifics … Read More

2015 Hops Production in the Lake Erie Region Conference

From 9AM-4PM on June 26th and 27th, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) will be holding a hops production conference at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Center Meeting Room and Hop Yards, 6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY. Friday June 26th: Focus on Getting Into Hops Production – Classroom and in-field opportunities to … Read More

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