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Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.

Register Now for Our Upcoming Online Course Season, Including New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 17, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our upcoming online course season will begin live webinars this fall, and will feature new courses to offer even more learning opportunities. Our suite of online courses moved to a new, more user-friendly platform last year, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content.…

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COVID-19 Update on CFAP Payments and Expanded Eligibility

By Kacey Deamer / August 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This includes coverage for additional specialty crops, including nursery crops and cut flowers, and a deadline extension for applications to September 11. Additionally, producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. The following additional commodities are now eligible…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Summer 2020

By Kacey Deamer / July 20, 2020

Recommendations for U-Pick Farms During COVID-19  U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our small farms and provides customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. The time spent outdoors gathering one’s own produce is a chance to share in our local bounty, support our farmers, and stock…

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COVID-19 Update for Equine Operations

By Kacey Deamer / June 12, 2020

Interim Guidance for Equine Operations The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Equine Operations on June 11, 2020. This guidance is provided for equine farms, consisting of recreational, boarding and breeding operations. It does not apply to racing and other equine competition venues. On March 7, 2020,…

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COVID-19 Update: Nursery/Greenhouse/Flower Survey on CFAP Funding

By Kacey Deamer / June 11, 2020

Are you a nursery/greenhouse/cut flower grower who has been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions? Completing this survey will help us provide data to USDA, which may help impacted farms qualify for CFAP farm disaster funding. If you are a nursery/greenhouse grower or cut flower grower, you may be aware that those farms were left out of…

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COVID-19 Update on Webinars for Farm Business Safety Plans

By Kacey Deamer / June 9, 2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a webinar series on developing safety plans for “New York Forward” compliance and to reduce liability risk. A version of this post first appeared in The Ag Workforce Journal. New York State requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms,…

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COVID-19 Update on Farm Business Safety Plan Resources

By Kacey Deamer / June 1, 2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) specialists developed resources to help farms comply with the COVID-19 written safety plans required in New York State. A version of this post first appeared in The Ag Workforce Journal. New York Forward: As the New York Forward plan is implemented across the state, businesses of all kinds are required to…

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COVID-19 Update on Prevention and Response for Farms

By Kacey Deamer / May 29, 2020

Recently, New York State detailed its plan to begin re-opening in phases, as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of this New York Forward plan is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19. All farms…

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Building Resilience through Farm Employee Training Resources

By Kacey Deamer / May 28, 2020

Sharing training videos, labor resources and standard operating procedures to help your farm business. As we start to gear up for this new season, many of us may face some uncertainty with our farm labor. While we are implementing best management practices to protect our employees during this pandemic, it is likely that we may find…

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COVID-19 Update on Applying for Financial Assistance through CFAP

By Kacey Deamer / May 26, 2020

Farmers and Ranchers Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff…

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