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* Pesticide Training ClassPesticide Training Class

Time: 7:00 pm

Exam offered on March 2, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. CCE Ontario County. This series of pesticide training and recertification classes is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Current applicators seeking pesticide recertification credits or anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the D.E.C. experience/education requirements should attend. This training is NOT a 30-hour certification course.

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* Veg Growers & High Tunnels Veg Growers & High Tunnels

Time: 9:00 am

Erie County CCE Auditorium 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. o You will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts from Cornell's Regional Vegetable Program and meet your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Staff. Topics include site selection and structural considerations, crop and variety selection, disease biology and management, and more. Location is subject to change, please check the website at http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/ or call 716/652-5400 x177 a day or two prior to attending the meeting to confirm.

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* Farm to School Webinar SeriesFarm to School Webinar Series

The USDA Farm to School program will present a biweekly 11-part webinar series on building farm to school skills and developing new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. The first webinar is January 15, and a schedule of webinars through May is available online.

* Veg Growers & High Tunnels Veg Growers & High Tunnels

Time: 9:00 am

Erie County CCE Auditorium 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. o You will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts from Cornell's Regional Vegetable Program and meet your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Staff. Topics include site selection and structural considerations, crop and variety selection, disease biology and management, and more. Location is subject to change, please check the website at http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/ or call 716/652-5400 x177 a day or two prior to attending the meeting to confirm.

* Farm Business Planning CourseFarm Business Planning Course

Time: 6:00 pm

Ithaca, NY. This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

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* Value Added Grains SchoolValue Added Grains School

Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 746 Rt. 23B, Leeds, NY, 12451. Featured speakers will be grain drying and storage specialist Dr. Kenneth Hellevang of North Dakota State University, and farmer Thor Oechsner of Oechsner Farms, a 1200-acre certified organic grain operation in Newfield, NY.

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* Intro to High Tunnels WorkshopIntro to High Tunnels Workshop

Time: 1:00 pm

Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY. This stand-alone workshop will be co-taught by Judson Reid, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist and growers Melissa Madden of Good Life Farm and Evangeline Sarat of Sweet Land Farm. Come early at noon for soup and informal conversation with other growers. In addition, Patrick Barry from USDA NRCS will talk about funding for tunnels. To register for this workshop call Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292 or email mr55@cornell.edu. There is a $5 charge for this class.

* Introduction to High TunnelsIntroduction to High Tunnels

Time: 1:00 pm

Good Life Farm in Interlaken. Topics to be covered include types of tunnels & construction, bed preparation, crops to grow, managing crops in high tunnels, and pest management. Instructors include Judson Reid, CCE Vegetable Crop Specialist and high tunnel expert; farmers Melissa Madden and Garrett Miller with Good Life Farm; and Evangeline Sarat with Sweetland Farm. Information on NRCS High Tunnel Grants will be presented by a NRCS representative. Register for this workshop via Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County by calling 607-272-2292 or emailing mr55@cornell.edu. Pre-registration is required to ensure we have enough space. There is a $5 fee for this class. Pay at the door.

* Pesticide Training ClassPesticide Training Class

Time: 7:00 pm

Exam offered on March 2, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. CCE Ontario County. This series of pesticide training and recertification classes is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Current applicators seeking pesticide recertification credits or anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the D.E.C. experience/education requirements should attend. This training is NOT a 30-hour certification course.

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* Farm to School Webinar SeriesFarm to School Webinar Series

The USDA Farm to School program will present a biweekly 11-part webinar series on building farm to school skills and developing new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. The first webinar is January 15, and a schedule of webinars through May is available online.

* Farm Business Planning CourseFarm Business Planning Course

Time: 6:00 pm

Ithaca, NY. This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

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* Pesticide Training ClassPesticide Training Class

Time: 7:00 pm

Exam offered on March 2, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. CCE Ontario County. This series of pesticide training and recertification classes is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Current applicators seeking pesticide recertification credits or anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the D.E.C. experience/education requirements should attend. This training is NOT a 30-hour certification course.

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* Dairy Sci & Sanitation WrkshopDairy Sci & Sanitation Wrkshop

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and the tuition is $500 for in-state registrants -- $600 for out of state registrants. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants, so register early (http://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation) and return with your payment to: Louise Felker, Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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* Dairy Sci & Sanitation WrkshopDairy Sci & Sanitation Wrkshop

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and the tuition is $500 for in-state registrants -- $600 for out of state registrants. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants, so register early (http://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation) and return with your payment to: Louise Felker, Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

* Farm to School Webinar SeriesFarm to School Webinar Series

The USDA Farm to School program will present a biweekly 11-part webinar series on building farm to school skills and developing new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. The first webinar is January 15, and a schedule of webinars through May is available online.

* Farm Business Planning CourseFarm Business Planning Course

Time: 6:00 pm

Ithaca, NY. This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

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* Dairy Sci & Sanitation WrkshopDairy Sci & Sanitation Wrkshop

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and the tuition is $500 for in-state registrants -- $600 for out of state registrants. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants, so register early (http://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/basic-dairy-science-and-sanitation) and return with your payment to: Louise Felker, Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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* Seminar for Rural LandownersSeminar for Rural Landowners

Time: 9:30 am

Spencer Van-Etten High School, Spencer, NY. This year’s theme is: “Our Constantly Changing Woods: What We Can Do to Make a Bad Situation Better.” Mark Whitmore and David Weinstein from Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources will share their insights on some major challenges and solutions to the health and sustainable productivity of private woodlands. Attendance is free and the public is welcome – no rsvp’s are required. Questions can be directed to Brett Chedzoy by email: bjc226@cornell.edu, or by phone: 607-742-3657 (cell).

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* Pesticide Training ClassPesticide Training Class

Time: 7:00 pm

Exam offered on March 2, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. CCE Ontario County. This series of pesticide training and recertification classes is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Current applicators seeking pesticide recertification credits or anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the D.E.C. experience/education requirements should attend. This training is NOT a 30-hour certification course.

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* Farm to School Webinar SeriesFarm to School Webinar Series

The USDA Farm to School program will present a biweekly 11-part webinar series on building farm to school skills and developing new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. The first webinar is January 15, and a schedule of webinars through May is available online.

* Farm Business Planning CourseFarm Business Planning Course

Time: 6:00 pm

Ithaca, NY. This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

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Events:

An Introduction to High Tunnels workshop
February 9, 2015. 1-4 PM. Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY.
This stand-alone workshop will be co-taught by Judson Reid, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist and growers Melissa Madden of Good Life Farm and Evangeline Sarat of Sweet Land Farm.  Come early at noon for soup and informal conversation with other growers. In addition, Patrick Barry from USDA NRCS will talk about funding for tunnels. To register for this workshop call Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292 or email mr55@cornell.edu. There is a $5 charge for this class.

NY Certified Organic Programs
February 10th and March 10th, 2015. 10am. NYS Agricultural Experiment Station Jordan Hall, 614 W. North Street, Geneva.
New York Certified Organic (NYCO), a group of organic grain and dairy farmers, which has been meeting together since 1994 to increase their practical knowledge and expertise with the organic production of crops and milk.  Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. The Topics for this year’s meetings will be: Unlocking the Fertility of Your Soil on Jan. 13th, Quality Forage Comes From Planning, Not By Luck on Feb. 10th, and Producing, Protecting, and Marketing of Organic Grain on March 10. For more information, contact Benson at 607-753-5213, afb3@cornell.edu.

Basic Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop 
February 18-20, 2015. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
This workshop is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as understanding the needs of their dairy processing establishment with regard to dairy sanitation to help ensure that proper sanitation programs are conducted in their establishment. This workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and the tuition is $500 for in-state registrants — $600 for out of state registrants. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants, so register early and return with your payment to: Louise Felker, Cornell University, Dept. of Food Science, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Farmers Market Manager Training Conference
February 19-21, 2014. Ramada Inn in Liverpool.
The conference will focus on farmers markets and building programs and services that maintain connections with the market farmers, consumers, and host communities. Our keynote speakers, Gretchen Wall of the Produce Safety Alliance and John Luker, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will discuss food safety, specifically the Food Safety Modernization Act and current food safety regulations. An evening banquet features Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, talking about building and supporting a local food scene. Each session of the conference builds on the overall theme of maintaining community connections and is designed to help market managers improve their ability to manage their market, advance their market’s potential for long-term sustainability, and promote a marketplace that achieves a mission of supporting local farmers. Get more information at http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/annual-conference.

The Peter Levatich Winter Seminar for Rural Landowners
February 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spencer Van-Etten High School, Spencer, NY. 
This year’s theme is: “Our Constantly Changing Woods: What We Can Do to Make a Bad Situation Better.” Mark Whitmore and David Weinstein from Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources will share their insights on some major challenges and solutions to the health and sustainable productivity of private woodlands.  Attendance is free and the public is welcome – no rsvp’s are required.  Questions can be directed to Brett Chedzoy by email: bjc226@cornell.edu, or by phone: 607-742-3657 (cell).

Winter Webinars on Agricultural Law.
Various dates this winter. Online.
This winter, Farm Commons is hosting an incredible lineup of 14 webinars on farm law. Farmers new to legal education should check the 8 webinars in their “Farm Law Basics” series. Those who are already familiar with how the law affects their farm operation can dig into the details through the “Advanced Farm Law” series. Each webinar will provide lots of time for questions, input from farmers themselves, and true stories about folks who have been there. Go to http://farmcommons.org/webinars to view the lineup and to register.

Berry Pest Workshop 
March 4, 2015. Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, NY. 
Growers of fall raspberries, mid-late season blueberries, and day-neutral strawberries can learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) at this upcoming workshop offered by the NYS Berry Growers Association. Registration is $25/person for NYSBGA members and $50/person for non-members. Register by February 25th at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/grower/nybga/.

Year-Round High Tunnels Course.
March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, September 13, October 11, November 8.  Various locations around Ithaca, NY.
Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems.  Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease management, varieties, economics, marketing, and crop-specific practices for tomatoes, greens and fruit. To accommodate changes in daylight hours, our March and April classes will run from 1-4 PM; then from May through November, classes will run from 4-7 PM. Class size is limited so please register early! Full tuition for the Year-Round High Tunnels Course is $435. Tuition assistance is available for those with financial limitations. To register and to apply for tuition assistance contact info@groundswellcenter.org. Find more information at http://www.groundswellcenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=209&Itemid=247.

Workshop: Introduction to QuickBooks for Farmers
March 16th, 17th, 19th 2015. Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, NY.
This workshop series is designed and targeted to those that have little or no knowledge of using QuickBooks. During this three session workshop, you will learn how to successfully prepare a chart of accounts, better keep track of customers and vendors, automate the entry of routine income and expenses and generate reports meaningful for you. The cost is $50 per farm for up to two people. Register online here (https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/CaputerMoneyQuickBooks_201) or contact Sara LaFountain at 518-765-3500 or spl67@cornell.edu.

Northeast Contract Grazing Summit
March 28th, 2015. 9am to 5pm. The Weaver Family Farm  4933 Peterboro Road  Morrisville, NY  13408.
This day-long learning led by current contract graziers, grazing clients, local grass-fed meat and dairy companies, land aggregators and Ag business professionals will help you explore the decisions and considerations to running a contract grazing business. Topics include: what does a client want, pricing strategies, leasing land, grazing management, land/animal people logistics, liability, and simple contracts to name a few. For information and to register, please call Troy Bishopp at the Madison Co SWCD at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110, email him at Troy-Bishopp@verizon.net, or send in your registration to Madison Co. Soil and Water Conservation District  6503 Wes Rd.  Hamilton, N.Y.  13346. Admission is $70 per person.