Posts by Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Communications Manager for the Cornell Small Farms Program. 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.
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In the News: Our Team Contributes to Cornell White Paper on COVID-19 Impacts on Farming

By Kacey Deamer / October 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, and businesses throughout New York state, and continues to do so. In an effort to detail the impact of COVID-19 on selected agricultural sectors, experts from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University have contributed to a series of nine papers. These papers…

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News from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Fall 2020

By Kacey Deamer / October 20, 2020

Recommendations for Agritourism Farms During COVID-19  Autumn is an important time for agritourism farms, hosting activities that provide customers with a unique outdoor opportunity for farm-based entertainment and food system education, as well the ability to purchase fresh produce grown close to home.   Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers have reported higher numbers at their U-Pick…

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Building Resilience During COVID-19 Requires Diligence

By Kacey Deamer / October 13, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with farmers to help build resilience for their businesses. In building resilience, we must also remain diligent in maintaining health and safety requirements.  The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health are reminding agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Update on Exposure Notification App for New York State

By Kacey Deamer / October 5, 2020

New York Joins New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to Create Regional COVID Alert App Network to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to…

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Learn to Grow Your Farm with Our Block Two Courses, From Berries and Veggies to Pigs and Poultry

By Kacey Deamer / September 29, 2020

Our new season of online courses is underway, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block two courses, which includes one of our new livestock offerings, “Beef Cattle Management.” Did you know that we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform last year? Now, registrants will have permanent…

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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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