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Moving into Wholesale Markets for Small and Mid-Sized Farms: July 20th

By Claire Cekander / June 29, 2016

July 20, 2016, 4:00-6:00PM Mainstreet Farms’ Cortland Farm, 3320 State Rt 215, Cortland, NY 13045   Join us at Mainstreet Farms in Cortland, NY to examine the potential for moving into wholesale markets. Cornell’s Crystal Stewart will demonstrate the fundamentals for crossing over into wholesale markets, from record keeping to timing crops. One of Mainstreet Farms’ primary objectives is to…

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Weed Management Workshop July 7th

By Claire Cekander / June 28, 2016

July 7, 2016, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY This workshop will begin with a talk on the ecology of weed management followed by an exercise that will help the class apply its understanding of weed ecology to the management of difficult weed problems. We’ll end with a discussion…

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Now Available: Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual

By Claire Cekander / June 22, 2016

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the new Baskets to Pallets Teaching Manual (1st Edition).  The 16 lesson plans in the Manual are intended for an audience of small and mid-scale farmers in New York and the Northeast, who have been primarily direct marketing, but who are seeking to explore wholesale markets — specifically groceries, food…

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AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area Grant

By Claire Cekander / June 20, 2016

  The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area is to tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and at the watershed and farm scales, water issues focused on production and environmental sustainability efforts. Project types supported within this…

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AMS Organic Certification Cost Share Programs: Application Available

By Claire Cekander / June 17, 2016

  The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Organic Certification Cost Share Programs Fiscal Year 2016 Request for Applications is now available. Two organic certification cost share programs are offered in 2016, which assist certified organic operations in defraying the costs associated with organic certification. The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides $10.7 million of assistance and is…

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ATTRA Non-GMO Dairy Transition Publication Available

By Claire Cekander / June 15, 2016

Increased consumer demand, a reduction in corn-insect populations due to Bt corn, and comparable feed-grain yields make non-GMO dairy production a viable option for many producers. However, making a transition requires considering alternative pest management strategies and establishing a system of traceability of all inputs to the system in order to verify the non-GMO status…

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New “Farmers’ Guide” Helps Organic Producers Apply for Buffer Initiative

By Claire Cekander / June 9, 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the publication of their Organic Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative. The guide is intended to assist organic farmers interested in accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Organic Buffer Initiative, and is one of many free resources produced by NSAC for…

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Path to Profitability Meeting/Webinar June 10th 11:30-2:30

By Claire Cekander / June 9, 2016

Join Organic Valley/ CROPP Cooperative for an educational meeting featuring Dr. Larry Tranel Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Either at the Penn Yan site or through a live webinar. During his dynamic presentation, Dr. Tranel will share strategies for ways to make a dairy profitable and financially secure and discuss low-cost parlor construction. Cornell Cooperative Extension…

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Award Applications Are Available

By Claire Cekander / June 7, 2016

The New York Farm Bureau State Young Farmers & Ranchers Program is excited to announce the 2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Awards: Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture.  These competitive events allow young farmers to be recognized for their involvement, achievement & leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau, and their community as well as their understanding of…

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Armed to Farm Training Comes to Central New York

By Claire Cekander / June 6, 2016

The Cornell Small Farms Program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will conduct a week-long Armed to Farm workshop at the White Eagle Lodge in Hamilton, New York this summer from August 8th through August 12th.  The program is available to military veterans in New York State who are interested in starting a…

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