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* Mozzarella Cheese-Making ClassMozzarella Cheese-Making Class

Time: 6:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca. The South Central NY Cooperative Extension Dairy Program will offer a cheese-making workshop, in which teams of two people will each will make a batch of cheese during the workshop. The class is being led by cheesemaker and consultant Thomas Pinello. Fee for the class is $40 per person, and registration will be capped at 14 students. Please visit http://scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/ to find the registration page under ‘Upcoming Events.’ You also may call the Cortland Extension office at 607-753-5078 to confirm your space and send a check by mail payable to "Cooperative Extension" to Cooperative Extension Cortland County, 60 Central Ave. Cortland, NY 13045.

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* Pawpaw Production WorkshopPawpaw Production Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Vince’s Park, Seneca Falls NY, Intersection of Rt 318 and Rts 5+20Have you ever thought of growing pawpaws? Pawpaw is a native fruit with a tropical-like flavor that has been described as a cross between a banana, mango and pineapple. They are rarely found in markets because the fruit is damaged easily when ripe. Steve Gabriel from the Cornell Small Farms Program and owner of Wellspring Forest Farm will be presenting a pawpaw production workshop, covering such topics as pawpaw management, site selection, and sourcing pawpaw trees. You can register online at www.senecacountycce.org or contact Derek Simmonds at 315-539-9251 or dcs285@cornell.edu. Cost is $15 per family.

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* Ag Marketing ConferenceAg Marketing Conference

The Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Cornell's Strategic Marketing Conference will be held once again in November, 2014. This premier conference provides in-depth discussion on topics and issues that are critical for sellers of agricultural products. Topics this year will cover changing/adding market channels, market/product diversification from both a wholesale and direct-consumer vantage point, highlighting such practices as season extension, extending into ethnic and export markets, CSA to wholesale markets, group purchasing organizations, farm-to-institution, and CSA rebate programs.

* NESAWG ConferenceNESAWG Conference

Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? How can we be more effective? Explore the channels, mechanisms and structures for making region-sizing work at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (NESAWG’s) It Takes A Region Conference, regarded as the conference for everyone doing food system change work. The keynote speaker will be radio commentator and NY Times bestselling author Jim Hightower.

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* NESAWG ConferenceNESAWG Conference

Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? How can we be more effective? Explore the channels, mechanisms and structures for making region-sizing work at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (NESAWG’s) It Takes A Region Conference, regarded as the conference for everyone doing food system change work. The keynote speaker will be radio commentator and NY Times bestselling author Jim Hightower.

* Ag Marketing ConferenceAg Marketing Conference

The Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Cornell's Strategic Marketing Conference will be held once again in November, 2014. This premier conference provides in-depth discussion on topics and issues that are critical for sellers of agricultural products. Topics this year will cover changing/adding market channels, market/product diversification from both a wholesale and direct-consumer vantage point, highlighting such practices as season extension, extending into ethnic and export markets, CSA to wholesale markets, group purchasing organizations, farm-to-institution, and CSA rebate programs.

* Tile Drainage SchoolTile Drainage School

Time: 10:00 am

The Factory: 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Speakers at this one day workshop on farm tile drainage include: Allenwaite Farm Inc., George and Travis Allen; Steve Mahoney, owner of River Bend Farm Agricultural and Environmental Services; Larry Geohring , Cornell University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering; Scott Fitscher, NRCS Conservation Program Manager; and David Holck, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. Register by November 7th at http://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=157. If you have any questions please contact Aaron Gabriel at (518) 380-1496 or adg12@cornell.edu, Kevin Ganoe at (315)-219-7786 or khg2@cornell.edu, or Ashley Pierce at (518) 272-4210 or arp253@cornell.edu.

* IPM and Pollinators WebinarIPM and Pollinators Webinar

Time: 10:30 am

The Northeastern IPM Center will host a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event. The discussion is entitled, "Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?" The Northeastern IPM Center has invited four speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update on current issues surrounding pollinator health. Panelists will share facts about pollinators and pollinator decline, and give some thought to the role that the integrated pest management community, as well as scientific experts, public officials, and citizens, should take to address it.

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* NE IPM Center Grants WebinarNE IPM Center Grants Webinar

Time: 2:00 pm

This is the second of two webinars designed to answer evaluation questions regarding your specific Partnership Grants Program project. They are not designed to answer general questions. For general evaluation questions, please see the center’s resource list (http://www.northeastipm.org/grant-programs/ipm-center-grants/evaluation-resource-guide/), which includes both recorded webinars and reading materials. Here are a couple of examples of appropriate questions for this webinar: "I will be conducting a webinar as part of my project. What are some ways I can assess whether I met the objectives of my webinar?" or "I would like to survey growers. What are some ways to increase my response rates?"

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* Love Your Land? Make a Plan! Love Your Land? Make a Plan!

Time: 9:00 am

First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles. This workshop is designed to get families talking and planning about the future of their land – sometimes a difficult conversation. While the focus of this workshop will be on woodlands, the tools presented on are also applicable to farmland succession planning. All landowners are encouraged to attend. Topics will include land conservation options, estate planning, and general tools to help families decide the future of their land. Cost is $25.00 per family, which includes workshop materials, lunch and snack. Pre-registration is required and available on the CCE Onondaga web site: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/LoveYourLand_231. Questions about the workshop may be directed to Kristina Ferrare, CCE Onondaga, email kaf226@cornell.edu or phone (315) 424-9485 ext. 231.

* Cover Crop & Soil Health DayCover Crop & Soil Health Day

Time: 9:15 am

Big Flats Community Center at 476 Maple St, Big Blats NY 14814. This is a workshop to learn about the management and establishment of cover crops for soil health, nutrient management and water quality concerns. There will be speakers from Cornell University, Penn. State University, Consultants and Farmers.

* Cover Crop Workshop and TourCover Crop Workshop and Tour

Time: 9:15 am

USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. We will tour the cover crop plots staged to observe the differences in fall growth due to timing and species. There will be cover crop mixes to observe compatibility between species. The no-till 3 way interseeder has been used to seed demonstration plots and will be observed. A demonstration of seeding red clover at time of corn planting using herbicides to stunt the cover crops while controlling the weeds will be observed. There will be talks from presenters from Cornell, Penn State, Seed Suppliers, and Consultants. We hope to have a demonstration of a zone builder, a presentation about how to tune corn planters for use in no-till situations and a farmer panel discussion.

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* Farmers’ Museum ConferenceFarmers’ Museum Conference

Time: 9:00 am

5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY. A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community is a conference on food and farming at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown which will inform and inspire farmers and the public, unifying and driving the agricultural economy in Central New York. The conference's keynote speaker is Richard Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Other speakers will focus on food systems, the impact of farming on our communities and economies, and pasture management.

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* Taking Stock for NY AgTaking Stock for NY Ag

Time: 10:30 am

Meeting Room Six, Empire State Plaza, Convention Center, Albany, New York. Join the New York Farm Viability Institute and others in NY’s agricultural leadership to learn how NYFVI and agriculture are measuring up for New York State. Presentation topics include Challenges and Opportunities in New York Agriculture, Biological Control, Cooperatively Building a Route to Market, Improving Communications to Stabilize the Labor Force, and many more.

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November 24th, 2014. 10:30am to 2:00pm. Taking Stock for New York Agriculture. Meeting Room Six, Empire State Plaza, Convention Center, Albany, New York. Join the New York Farm Viability Institute and others in NY’s agricultural leadership to learn how NYFVI and agriculture are measuring up for New York State. Presentation topics include Challenges and Opportunities in New York Agriculture, Biological Control, Cooperatively Building a Route to Market, Improving Communications to Stabilize the Labor Force, and many more. Register here.

December 2, 2014. Best Management Practices for New High Tunnel Growers.  Civil Defense Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath, NY. This program is targeted for commercial growers new to high tunnels but all who are interested in improving their crop yield, quality, and profitability by using high tunnels are welcome. Topics include site selection & structural considerations, crop & variety selection, cultural management, disease management, and an experienced grower panel. NRCS cooperating farms are particularly encouraged to attend. Speakers will include Judson Reid, specialist with Cornell Vegetable Program; Amy Ivy, Specialist with Eastern New York Horticulture Program; and Elizabeth Buck of the Cornell Vegetable Program. Registration is due by November 25, 2014. Cost is $25/person and includes lunch, refreshments and resource materials. To register online with a credit card visit http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu, or call Stephanie Mehlenbacher at 607-583-3240.

December 2-3, 2014. Food Safety Systems for Artisan Food Processors Short Course. NYS Ag & Markets offices in Albany. Cornell University’s Department of Food Science in association with NY State Agriculture & Markets is pleased to offer this short course, instructed by Dairy Extension staff  and representatives from NYS Agriculture & Markets and Wegmans. The course is designed to provide a hands-on, practical approach to developing food safety systems for your operation. You will be provided pre- reading materials to help prepare for the class. Basic HACCP principles and pre-requisite programs will be covered.  Full course details may be found in the course announcement and program.

December 6, 2014. 8:00am to 5:00pm. Cornell Hops Conference. Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY. This is a great educational & networking opportunity to meet with brewers, educators, growers, and prospective growers. The conference will contain one full day session of hop-related topics and there will be two additional separate tracks: A) Growing hops for beginners and B) Brewing. During the conference there will be a hops evaluation and sale. Find more information here and register at https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/main/events_landing.cfm?event=2014CornellHopsConference_225.

December 9, 2014. 2014 Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference. Warren Hall, Cornell University. New York agricultural leaders— including industry leaders, agribusiness professionals, policymakers, educators, and farm managers— will learn about the short-and long-term outlook for agriculture and agricultural products. Breakout sessions concentrate on dairy, grains and feed, and horticultural products. By attending you will better understand critical issues facing agriculture in New York and the Northeast, learn about the near-term outlook for major New York commodities, and interact with fellow leaders of the vibrant New York agricultural industry. More information and registration.

December 10-11, 2014. Calf & Heifer Congress 2014 – Birth to Breeding. RIT Inn and Conference Center outside of Rochester, NY located off Exit 46 of the New York State Thruway.  Presented by Cornell University Extension and the Cornell PRO-DAIRY Program, the conference will go beyond the management of the young calf this year. The timeline will extend from the calving event to breeding age. We have worked to incorporate expanded knowledge on common practices as well as venture into what research might tell us where replacement rearing and associated economics are going down the road. The format will be similar to previous years.  A pre-conference evening dinner/presentation/panel discussion dedicated to automated or robotic calf feeder systems on December 10th will be followed by a full day of presentations and discussions on the 11th. To register on-line go to http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qctr/4W.

December 20, 2014. Maple Confection Workshop. Arkport American Legion. The Cornell Maple Program is featuring maple confections trainings conducted by Stephen Childs. The workshop will feature training and hands-on experience in making maple confections, in particular maple sugar, maple cream, molded maple sugar and crystal coating.  The participants will be trained in using the diabetic glucose meter to measure invert sugar in maple syrup, how to properly blend syrups to a desired level of invert sugar and the factors that control crystal size in maple confections.  The program will also focus on the machinery and techniques that can improve a producer’s time efficiency when making these value added products. These workshops will be suitable for very experienced as well as novice confection-makers.  Each participating maple farm will receive a New York State Maple Confections Notebook.  Each participant will need to bring one quart of syrup to be used in the program. Cost is $10 per person. Contact: Stephanie Mehlenbacher, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810, 607-583-3240 or sms64@cornell.edu.

January 23 to 25, 2015. NOFA-NY’s 33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference. Saratoga Springs Hilton: 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. The theme for the conference is “Soil: The Root of the Movement,” and to highlight the importance of soil we are excited that Wes Jackson, founder and President of the Land Institute will be the keynote speaker. The work of the Land Institute is to address the issues of soil loss and degradation, ecosystem destruction, and high energy use associated with agriculture. Our 2015 NOFA-NY Farmers of the Year are Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens. Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens farm 1400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains (wheat, spelt, barley, oats, triticale, heritage grains), dark red kidney beans, and edamame soybeans. They have been farming organically since 1993. Additionally, they own and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, an organic feed and seed business serving the needs of Northeast organic farmers. Find more information and register here.

February 19-21, 2014. Farmers Market Manager Training Conference. 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.

Various dates this winter. Winter Webinars on Agricultural Law. 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.