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* Raising Beef Cattle 101 WrkshpRaising Beef Cattle 101 Wrkshp

Time: 6:00 pm

Tully Free Library, 12 State Street ,Tully, NY 13159. This workshop will cover terminology, breed selection, nutritional requirements, housing requirements, marketing and more! You can gain information on how to get started, how to care for the animals as well as what the market demands are for your product. This is a wonderful opportunity to make connections to get you moving in the right direction. Whether you’re a new farmer, looking to start a farm, or raise for your own consumption, you’ll be able to take away helpful information. Experts will be on hand to answer any of the questions you might have regarding starting your own beef herd.

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* Vegetable Growers MeetingVegetable Growers Meeting

Time: 9:15 am

CCE Erie County, 21 S Grove St, Suite 240 East Aurora, NY 14052. This comprehensive grower meeting will cover managing pests in transplants, weed management, growing for late season winter markets and CSA sales, the markets and economics of producing tomatoes, management of powdery mildew in vine crops, disease management in green beans, and using apps for your vegetable business.

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* Hunting LeaseHunting Lease

Time: 7:00 pm

Schuyler County Human Services Complex, Room 120. The Hunting Lease Network (HLN) is an internet based service for landowners, hunters, and anglers. Their unique system is used to arrive at fair hunting or fishing lease agreements. Now found in 22 States, HLN offers benefits to landowners of additional income, craft leases unique to each property, aid in reducing crop damage, knowing who is on your property, and requiring liability coverage of each hunter or fisherman. RSVP’s can be made to lwickham@nyfb.org or by calling 607-535-3072607-535-3072.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

* Free Day Exploring OxenFree Day Exploring Oxen

Time: 8:30 am

Spring Meadows Farm, 9578 Rt. 549, Millerton PA 16936. The morning will be spent exploring the potential of oxen and seeing the tasks that oxen do on the farm. The afternoon will be spent discussing what is involved in learning to drive and care for oxen. For more information, please call 570-537-2128

* Recipes for Success IIIRecipes for Success III

Time: 5:30 pm

Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty, NY. This workshop will How to determine if and where a product market exists, its sales potential, its competition, and how to reach its customer. Marketing experts Karen Fisher from Fisher Mears and David Binkowski from Large Media will speak about essential research, marketing tools and strategies, product packaging and branding, and how to utilize social media options. For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, Nicole Slevin (Director of Communications), 845-292-6180 ext. 114, nas96@cornell.edu.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

* Grafting WorkshopsGrafting Workshops

Time: 6:00 pm

Room 120, Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY. Grafting describes any of a number of techniques in which a section of a stem with leaf buds is inserted into the stock of a tree. John Reynolds, owner of Daring Drake Farms, will discuss the history of grafting, and will give a hands-on demonstration on how to graft. You will take two grafted trees home! 15 -20 varieties to choose from - or - bring your own scion wood. Pre-registration (along with $20 payment) is required by April 12. For questions or more information, contact Roger Ort, CCE Schuyler County Horticulture Program Educator at rlo28@cornell.edu or call 607-535-7161607-535-7161.

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* HACCP for Meat and ProcessorsHACCP for Meat and Processors

HACCP

* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

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* Spring Sheep and Goat WeekSpring Sheep and Goat Week

Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

* HACCP for Meat and ProcessorsHACCP for Meat and Processors

HACCP

* Manure and Mortality- CompostManure and Mortality- Compost

Time: 9:00 am

. CCE Ulster County Education Office, 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY, 12401.This tour will include presentations on the basics of composting, livestock and horse manure composting, mortality composting, and troubleshooting common compost problems, among other topics. For more information call Erin Campbell-Craven at (845) 340-3990 x327 or email eac266@cornell.edu.

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* Manure and Mortality- CompostManure and Mortality- Compost

Time: 9:00 am

. CCE Ulster County Education Office, 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY, 12401.This tour will include presentations on the basics of composting, livestock and horse manure composting, mortality composting, and troubleshooting common compost problems, among other topics. For more information call Erin Campbell-Craven at (845) 340-3990 x327 or email eac266@cornell.edu.

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* Management Intensive GrazingManagement Intensive Grazing

Time: 7:00 pm

A sheep’s rumen allows it to thrive on high-fiber forage and effectively convert sunlight and atmospheric nitrogen (nitrogen “fixed” into forage protein by legumes like clovers and alfalfa) into valuable human products like meat and wool and milk. But how can shepherds use sheep to harvest this forage in a profitable and sustainable way? This webinar will discuss how to do this. It will review how forages grow and how to use sheep to manage your forage in a sustainable and efficient way. It will cover the principles of Management Intensive Grazing (MIG). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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* Calving Success MeetingCalving Success Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm

630 Green Hollow Road, Berlin, NY 12022. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm for a twilight meeting on how to manage your cows for calving success. Our host, Black Queen Angus Farm, is a family farm focused on the development of a world class registered breeding stock herd under a commercially oriented, holistically managed, least-cost production model. Visit the farm at the height of their calving season and learn from Morgan’s years of experience raising his animals on pasture. You are sure to take something away from this meeting no matter your level of experience. The cost of the meeting is $5.00. For more information or to register please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu. If you require any special accommodations to participate in this program, please indicate this at the time of registration.

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* Camp MushroomCamp Mushroom

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, Van Etten, NY. Camp Mushroom is Cornell's annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition laying yard and management considerations will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake blots to take home. Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event.

* Goats in the WoodsGoats in the Woods

Time: 4:00 pm

Cluett Building, Pine Cobble School, Gale Road, Williamstown, MA. The program will begin with a guided walk with Dr. Pete Smallidge, New York State Extension Forester and Director of the Cornell University Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, and local livestock farmer Morgan Hartman to meet the goats that are being raised in the woods at Pine Cobble. Attendees will have the chance for informal conversation with Smallidge and Hartman and a visit with the friendly goats. A delicious, full-course meal prepared by Wild Oats Chef Greg Roach and featuring two international dishes made with Black Queen Angus locally raised goat meat will be provided. Dr. Smallidge will present on the Cornell University Extension project called Goats in the Woods, that assessed how the use of goats to control interfering plants in mature forests could benefit both goat owners and woodlot owners. To make your attendance at this event easier, Pine Cobble School staff and volunteers are providing free child care from 4-7 pm for children ages 3-12. Pizza for the children, prepared by Wild Oats and sponsored by Williams College, is included. Please RSVP for the dinner and the child care services.

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* Camp MushroomCamp Mushroom

Cornell’s Arnot Forest, Van Etten, NY. Camp Mushroom is Cornell's annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition laying yard and management considerations will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake blots to take home. Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event.

* NY Nut GrowersNY Nut Growers

Time: 9:30 am

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY. The morning session will consist of a series of presentations by experts. The afternoon session will consist of a tour of a nearby nut tree farm in Aqueboque. To register, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA V. P. at sproutnut@aol.com, tel. (914) 282 – 1371.

* Fiber TourFiber Tour

Time: 10:00 am

The farms on the tour produce a variety of wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, and angora fiber, which is produced at the Washington County mill. The mill will be open for the tour and visitors can see how fiber is made right before there eyes. Many fiber demonstrations spinning, weaving, felting, & sheering will be ongoing.

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* Fiber TourFiber Tour

Time: 10:00 am

The farms on the tour produce a variety of wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, and angora fiber, which is produced at the Washington County mill. The mill will be open for the tour and visitors can see how fiber is made right before there eyes. Many fiber demonstrations spinning, weaving, felting, & sheering will be ongoing.

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* From Field to FlaskFrom Field to Flask

Time: 1:30 pm

7350 State Route 89 Ovid, NY 1452. Join NOFA-NY at the legendary Organic John Myer Farm for a field tour, spring weed and winter grains assessment, rotations, and corn culture discussion. A growing-for-a-distiller conversation will be followed by an open discussion with Joe Myer and tour of the distillery. Registration Fee: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. For more information call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

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* Urban Farms WebinarUrban Farms Webinar

Time: 1:00 pm

The question of how much food urban farms can supply is critical, given the small amount of land devoted to farming in urban areas. A further complicating factor is that many urban farms have claimed nonprofit status and often act as more as educational facilities rather than as commercial farms. This webinar will provides an analysis of the differences between nonprofit and commercial urban farms, and it is based on research conducted by researchers at NYU, Penn State, and NCAT-ATTRA.

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* PACA Complaint Process WebinarPACA Complaint Process Webinar

Time: 2:00 pm

The Agricultural Marketing Service's Fruit and Vegetable Program invites you to take part in a series of free, interactive webinars on our many programs and services. At each webinar, you'll hear a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic, be introduced to our staff, and take part in an interactive question and answer session. These informative webinars are designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers and retailers of all sizes. Registration is required and space is limited.

       

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April 8- April 17, 2014. 2014 NNY Spring Sheep and Goat Week. Various North Country communities. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy. For a detailed agenda, please visit http://www.ccenny.com/index.php/2014/03/18/nny-spring-sheep-week-april-8-17-activities/.

April 15, 2014. 6:00 PM– 8:30 PM. Grafting Workshops. Room 120, Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY. Grafting describes any of a number of techniques in which a section of a stem with leaf buds is inserted into the stock of a tree. John Reynolds, owner of Daring Drake Farms, will discuss the history of grafting, and will give a hands-on demonstration on how to graft. You will take two grafted trees home! 15 -20 varieties to choose from – or – bring your own scion wood.  Pre-registration (along with $20 payment) is required by April 12. Online registration here: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/CCESCGrafting2014_244. For questions or more information, contact Roger Ort, CCE Schuyler County Horticulture Program Educator at rlo28@cornell.edu or call 607-535-7161607-535-7161.

April 16- April 17, 2014. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point for Meat and Poultry Processors (HACCP). Ramada Ithaca Hotel and Conference Center, 2310 North Triphammer Road, Hwy 13, Ithaca, NY 14850. This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan. This course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training. Plant management, HACCP coordinators, quality assurance/control personnel, sanitation management, line supervisors, and line operators employed by meat and poultry processing plants as well as other professionals looking to increase their knowledge of HACCP are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/hazard-analysis-critical-control-point-programs-for-meat-and-poultry-processors-haccp-/event-summary-ff60db0e0736431099ef37f32a3f8835.aspx

April 23, 2014, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Calving Success Twilight Meeting. 630 Green Hollow Road, Berlin, NY 12022. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm for a twilight meeting on how to manage your cows for calving success. Our host, Black Queen Angus Farm, is a family farm focused on the development of a world class registered breeding stock herd under a commercially oriented, holistically managed, least-cost production model. Visit the farm at the height of their calving season and learn from Morgan’s years of experience raising his animals on pasture. You are sure to take something away from this meeting no matter your level of experience. The cost of the meeting is $5.00. For more information or to register please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu. If you require any special accommodations to participate in this program, please indicate this at the time of registration.

April 25 & 26, 2014. The 9th Annual Camp Mushroom. Cornell’s Arnot Forest, Van Etten, NY. Camp Mushroom is Cornell’s annual two-day event for farmers, woodlot owners, and hobby growers who want to cultivate their own shiitake, oyster, lions mane, and stropharia mushrooms. The workshop is a unique beginner/intermediate level workshop for those interested in small-scale forest mushroom cultivation. Participants will be trained in three methods of mushroom cultivation; shiitake on bolts, lions mane/oyster on totems, and stropharia in woodchip beds. In addition laying yard and management considerations will be covered. Each participant will also inoculate two shiitake blots to take home. Anyone who wants to get into mushroom growing as a serious pursuit should not miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced growers and researchers who will present for this event. For a complete schedule and to register, go to http://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/events/

April 26, 2014. 9:30 AM- 3:00 PM. New York Nut Growers Association Spring Meeting. Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY. The morning session will consist of a series of presentations by experts. The afternoon session will consist of a tour of a nearby nut tree farm in Aqueboque.  To register, contact Jerry Henkin, NYNGA V. P. at sproutnut@aol.com, tel. (914) 282 – 1371. For more information, please visis\t http://www.nynga.org/.

April 26-27, 2014. 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Fiber Tour. The farms on the tour produce a variety of wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, and angora fiber, which is produced at the Washington County mill. The mill will be open for the tour and visitors can see how fiber is made right before there eyes. Many fiber demonstrations spinning, weaving, felting, & sheering will be ongoing. For more information, visit http://washingtoncountyfibertour.org/.

April 28, 2014. 1:30 PM-4:30 PM. Myer Farm Distillers: From Field to Flask. 7350 State Route 89 Ovid, NY 1452. Join NOFA-NY at the legendary Organic John Myer Farm for a field tour, spring weed and winter grains assessment, rotations, and corn culture discussion. A growing-for-a-distiller conversation will be followed by an open discussion with Joe Myer and tour of the distillery.  Registration Fee: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. For more information and to register: http://tinyurl.com/shopNOFAevents or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

April 30, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. An Overview of the PACA Complaint Process Webinar. The Agricultural Marketing Service’s Fruit and Vegetable Program invites you to take part in a series of free, interactive webinars on our many programs and services.  At each webinar, you’ll hear a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic, be introduced to our staff, and take part in an interactive question and answer session. These informative webinars are designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers and retailers of all sizes.  Registration is required and space is limited. To register: http://bit.ly/LypyRg.

May 6- May 8, 2014. The Science of Yogurt and Fermented Dairy Products. 148 Stocking Hall Conference Center, Ithaca, NY 1485. This course is a required as part of the Basic Yogurt and Fermented Dairy Products Certificate Program, but can also be used as a stand-alone Science of Yogurt and Fermented Dairy Products training program. This course is intended for both large and small scale manufacturers’. For more information: http://www.dairyfoods.com/events/885.

May 8, 2014, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Beginner Poultry Producer Meeting. 3842, NY2 Cropseyville, NY 12052. Are you interested in raising your own poultry for eggs or meat? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Bulsons Homestead Farms to learn the basics of raising a laying or broiler flock. Homestead Farms is located in Brunswick, NY where the Bulson Family raises vegetables, cut flowers and pasture raised poultry, pork and grass-fed beef using sustainable farming methods. All of their products are chemical, antibiotic and hormone free.  They will provide tips for both beginning and experienced farmers. The cost of the meeting is $5.00. For more information or to register please contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu. If you require any special accommodations to participate in this program, please indicate this at the time of registration.

Save the Date:

May 31– June 1, 2014. Two Day Aquaponic Training Course. Cornell Cooperative Extension facility in Oriskany, NY. Are you interested in owning and operating an Aquaponic farm or do you already have an AP system operating? Are you looking to invest in Controlled Environment Agriculture, Aquaponics or Hydroponics? Do you want to build a back yard Aquaponic system, or just curious to learn more about this exciting farming method? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you! For more information on the specifics of what will be offered at this training, please visit: http://aquavitafarms.com/. Questions? Looking for lodging? Email: mark@aquavitafarms.com