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Making Connections through Soil Health

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Local Farmers in Western New York are working together to create a network of local soil conservation knowledge through the newly formed WNY Soil Health Alliance. by Jena Buckwell Modern agricultural pollution is a widespread crisis throughout the United Sates that alters both the health of our natural landscape and our communities. Agricultural runoff of…

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Cornell Crop and Pest Management Guidelines – A Management Tool for Small Farmers

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

If you’ve been looking for up-to-date crop and pest management information, the Cornell Crop and Pest Management Guidelines are for you! Referred to as the Cornell Guidelines, this series of publications provides useful crop and pest management information for small-scale growers. Each Cornell Guideline title is routinely updated to reflect current crop production practices and…

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Northeast Ag Safety & Health Coalition Meets for their Second Annual Meeting

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by James Carrabba On May 3-4, 2016, the Northeast Agricultural Safety and Health Coalition held their second annual meeting at the NYCAMH office in Cooperstown, NY. The very first meeting of the Coalition was held here at NYCAMH in May 2015. At this year’s meeting there were eighteen individuals from six different Northeast states present, which…

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DIY Farm Fixes: Conflict

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

As farmers we are masters of the quick fix. We are good at mending fences on the fly and cobbling together a piece of broken equipment to finish the job before the day ends.  Farm conflict, whether with family members, coworkers, employees, or even neighbors, is like any other problem we solve. Having a plan,…

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Successful Farm Succession

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Recent estate tax trends can help northeast farmers with succession planning. by John H. Lavelle, CPA, LL.M., Attorney at Law Congress and some state governments in the Northeast have been handing family farmers a series of presents in the last few years.  Specifically, estate and death taxes, one of the major obstacles in transitioning family ownership…

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Incorporating Forage Brassicas into a Grazing System

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Planting brassicas in your pasture provides more than just high quality forage. Dr. Leanne Dillard Forage brassicas are annuals that can be utilized as pasture during the spring, summer,and fall grazing seasons.  Forage brassicas include varieties of rapeseed (rape), radish, turnip,swede, kale, and hybrids. They are quick maturing and can be grazed 60 to 120 days…

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Farmers Should Know Their Responsibilities, Workers Their Rights

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Elizabeth Henderson A farmer who runs a mid-sized vegetable farm fires a worker.  The only reason she gives is that the worker wears purple too often.  Does this farmer have the legal right to fire a worker this way? When I ask this question of the would-be farmers who take my workshop on creating a…

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Know Your Costs

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Starting a small farm is a beautiful dream. Equally important is to know your costs and capability in the first year. by Krati Pachori Rows of bountiful green spinach, vines of beans hanging low, juicy tomatoes hanging down from the branches, and sweet red strawberries running across the field; a farm life has beauty and abundance…

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"One Stop Shop" – Starting a New York Winery

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

by Jesse Strzock, Lindsey Pashow, and Anna Wallis, ENYCHP Have you thought about starting a winery? Over the last few years, New York has been working to try and make this easy and painless from a legal standpoint. Extension educators are here to help and have put together some helpful links at the end of this brief…

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Pasture Walk and Soil Sampling: July 7th

By Claire Cekander / July 1, 2016

Orange County CCE is hosting a Soil Sampling and Grass ID workshop on July 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Watswyck Ranch, 60 Sinsabaugh Rd., Pine Bush, NY. Guest speaker Dave Roberts, a State Grazinglands Specialist, will be guiding the walk. For more information see here or contact Rachel Moody at ram72@cornell.edu or Jason Detzel at jbd222@cornell.edu.

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