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Upcoming Dairy Discussion Series- Various Sites in NYS

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / March 6, 2015

The New York Organic Dairy Initiative, in collaboration with the New York Farm Viability Institute and host farmers across New York State, will hold discussion meetings for dairy farmers titled “Lunch with Jerry” to honor the late Jerry Brunetti, worldwide lecturer on biological farming systems. Cornell Cooperative Extension organic dairy extension educator Fay Benson will…

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Platform Connects Local Farms with Wholesale Buyers

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / March 2, 2015

FarmersWeb is an online platform connecting wholesale buyers with local farms and producers. Visit the website at https://www.farmersweb.com/ and use the code 13B55B94 to sign up for one month free! *The Cornell Small Farms Program does not favor any particular business, etc. We are just sharing this as a resource for people to explore and evaluate…

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Free Farm Training Program for Vets

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / March 2, 2015

Heroic Food Farm in Hudson, NY offers a tuition-free training program open to all military veterans! Trainees gain hands-on experience through apprenticeships with local mentor farmers, craftspeople and food entrepreneurs and benefit from workshops, short-courses and individualized support for life and career transitions. Learn more at http://heroicfood.org/program-overview/.

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Going with the Grain: The Renaissance of NYS Grain Production

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / February 13, 2015

March 10th, 2015. 12pm to 2:20pm. Javits Center, NYC. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Empire State Development are co-hosting the annual Farm to City Expo 2015 at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York. This discussion is a two panel forum featuring speakers from many ends of the…

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New App for Strawberry and Peach Diseases

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / February 9, 2015

A Clemson fruit specialist and a computer software designer have teamed up to develop a smartphone tool to help strawberry and peach growers. “MyIPM” is the first smartphone app that provides critical disease information for growers to use in making management decisions. “Growers will be able to pick effective and safe fungicides for conventional and…

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Austrian Equipment Manufacturer Adding Excitement to NYCO Meetings

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / February 6, 2015

The New York Certified Organic meeting on February 10th has an exciting last-minute addition: Martin Wagner with Einboeck Farm Power will share his knowledge about new precision guided equipment which is “helping farmers renovate grasslands, cultivate crops, control weeds, and reduce the need for farm labor” according to a local organic grain grower and mill…

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BF 121: Veggie Farming Part 2 starts February 18th!

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 30, 2015

You do not need to have taken Veggie Farming Part 1 to sign up for this course. The course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season…

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Berry Pest Workshop- March 4th

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 26, 2015

Growers of fall raspberries, mid-late season blueberries, and day-neutral strawberries can learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) at this upcoming workshop offered by the NYS Berry Growers Association. Registration is $25/person for NYSBGA members and $50/person for non-members. Register by February 25th at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/grower/nybga/. When: March 4, 2015 Where: Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia,…

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Year-Round High Tunnels Course

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 23, 2015

Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems.  Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease…

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NYS New Farmers Grant Fund- must be postmarked by Jan. 28th

By Sarah Diana Nechamen / January 22, 2015

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund provides assistance to new and early-stage farmers and encourages farming as a career path. The fund will provide grants from $15,000 to $50,000 for up to 50% of project costs including, but not limited to, lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of…

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