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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.

Farm Ops Opens Next Round of Veteran Learning Cohort Workshops

By Kacey Deamer / April 1, 2021

Our Farm Ops project is continuing to find ways to support veterans interested in agriculture amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recently the project expanded its offering of virtual workshops to “Veteran Learning Cohorts.” These cohorts bring together a group of veterans interested in agriculture to progress through an educational workshop together. Military veterans currently enrolled…

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COVID-19 Update on Availability and Expansion of Aid for Farmers

By Kacey Deamer / March 29, 2021

USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid USDA recently announced Pandemic Assistance for Producers to distribute resources more equitably after identifying gaps in previous aid. At least $6 billion is being dedicated toward the new programs. This includes the reopening of the Coronavirus Food Assistance…

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In the News: Our Director Featured in “Extension Out Loud” Podcast

By Kacey Deamer / March 24, 2021

In the latest episode of “Extension Out Loud,” a podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s director, Anu Rangarajan, shared her approach to extension work and her vision for the future of New York farm and food systems. This episode was the third of the podcast’s latest series, “Leading Through Extension,” which…

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Learn About Cutting Meat in a Commercial Kitchen with Upcoming Livestock Webinar

By Kacey Deamer / March 22, 2021

For NYS farmers seeking to regain some control over butchering their animals, there is a middle option between being at the whim of slaughterhouse schedules and opening your own slaughterhouse. That middle ground involves taking control of the cutting and packaging of your meat in a commercial kitchen. If done properly, with access to USDA…

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Black Land Matters: Black Farming and Food Security Webinar Recording Now Available

By Kacey Deamer / March 17, 2021

Recently, our director Anu Rangarajan moderated a conversation between Natalie Baszile, filmmaker and author of the novel, Queen Sugar, and Karen Washington, co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS), for a Rural Humanities webinar. In the half-century following the American Civil War, Black farmers amassed approximately 15 million acres of land. By the end of the…

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Farm Finance Flash Poll: We Need Your Help

By Kacey Deamer / March 15, 2021

Are you actively farming in NYS and trying to improve your farm’s bottom line? We are designing a brand-new peer-learning opportunity to address small farmers’ financial planning skills and needs. What we envision is that groups of farmers would meet, either in person or virtually, on a regular basis with a trained facilitator and would…

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Farm Ops Offering Veteran Learning Cohort Workshops

By Kacey Deamer / February 15, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped farmers from farming, nor has it stopped the work of our Farm Ops project to support veterans interested in agriculture. Last year we started offering virtual workshops, and we are continuing these offerings through 2021.  Our Farm Ops project’s “Veteran Learning Cohorts” bring together a group of veterans interested…

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Learn Ways to Boost Your Farm Business with Our Final Block of Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / January 25, 2021

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the last block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With courses on business, grazing management, soil health, and mushroom production, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins. Our suite of online courses is offered on a…

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COVID-19 Update on Vaccine and Distribution

By Kacey Deamer / January 21, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS) has answered questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained. Recent installments of their Virtual Office Hours have focused on the COVID-19 vaccine. During this week’s…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Winter 2021

By Kacey Deamer / January 11, 2021

We are excited to announce an expansion of our team with three new additions: Jamie, Molly and Nina. Each has been involved in our program’s work in some way over the years, and we are glad to now have them as formal members of our team.  Jamie Johnson will be the first dedicated multimedia assistant on…

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