Posts by Lindsay Borman

Baskets or Pallets – Vegetable Grading and Packaging

By Lindsay Borman / August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience to aide in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. This session is designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets. Learn how to grade…

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Introducing Sustainable Food Production to Buffalo Youth: The MAssachusetts Avenue Project

By Lindsay Borman / August 7, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By Claire Collie For over fourteen years, Massachusetts Avenue Project’s (MAP) Growing Green program on Buffalo’s west side has employed young people, teaching them how to grow food and make positive changes in our local food system. The organization began as a single lot community garden, and has grown…

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Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

By Lindsay Borman / August 4, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. By RJ Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making…

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Organic farmers and researchers utilize cover crops to reduce the labor and expense of organic mulches.

By Lindsay Borman / August 2, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Organic mulches like hay or straw can suppress weeds and improve soil.  They are used by many small scale vegetable farmers, but the cost of the material and application may be prohibitive for larger operations.  However, there may be ways around this obstacle. …

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The Green Lie of Hay and Grazing Lands: Deceivingly Green Pastures Performing at a Fraction of Their Potential

By Lindsay Borman / July 31, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Rich Taber At the time of this writing in early May, I look out the window onto a green, awakening landscape, with the sun trying to deliver its warm rays to kick start the green up process via photosynthesis.  I think of those approaching warmer sunny summer days,…

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Small Ruminant Producers: Do you want to improve your parasite control through genetic selection

By Lindsay Borman / July 28, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is  offering free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms. AVAILABLE TO: Ø National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members wanting to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance. Free for new…

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New York farms can cut energy use and energy costs with the Agriculture Energy Audit Program

By Lindsay Borman / July 26, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. By Lisa Coven Last spring, NYSERDA launched the Agriculture Energy Audit Program. The Program offers farms and on-farm producers no-cost energy audits.  No up-front costs are required form the farmer as NYSERDA pays the consultant directly.  Three levels of audits are offered.  The level II audit adheres to ANSI/ASABE…

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List of Items for a Beginning Sheep Farmer, Part One: Tips and Resources for Beginning Sheep Farmers

By Lindsay Borman / July 24, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. by Ulf Kintzel “What do I need when I start?” It is a question that is posed to me often. The almost inevitable follow-up question almost always is “Where do I get it”? I figured I should compile a list of items that one needs and while I am…

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Have you checked out the new USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service resources?

By Lindsay Borman / July 20, 2017

If you are taking some time to get out of the heat this summer, go online and check out USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s improved  online census questionnaire demonstration site. “Responding to the census will be easier than ever before in December. It is our hope that producers will become familiar with the online census…

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Funding Sources Info – Or is "Free Money" Worth It?

By Lindsay Borman / July 20, 2017

This article was featured in the Summer 2017 Quarterly. For those who could not attend, a brief recap of several of meetings across ENY Liz Higgins of the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) held to discuss the reality of hunting and gathering funding for starting or expanding ag businesses. By Liz Higgins and Sandy Buxton, Cornell…

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