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Proyecto Futuro Lanza Recursos en Español

By Mildred Alvarado / April 4, 2022

¿Está interesado en unirse a la comunidad de agricultores? ¿Está considerando la posibilidad de ser dueño/a de su propia finca? ¿Quiere aprender de agricultores Latinos/as/x que ya tienen su propia finca y están teniendo éxito? Únase a la creciente comunidad de agricultores del Estado de Nueva York y más allá. El Programa de Pequeñas Empresas…

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Chickens coming out of their coop in a pasture

Poultry Producers: How Is Your Flock Faring?

By Kacey Deamer / March 4, 2022

If you’ve seen higher-than-usual mortality in your flock lately, or signs of respiratory illness in your birds, please read on to learn more about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). We know, another pandemic, and you’re already sick and tired of dealing with the human pandemic. But this one could destroy the businesses of any poultry…

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Learn About Tarping on Northeast Farms with New Guide

By Stephen Stresow / February 23, 2022

Are you curious about how tarps work? Want to learn from successful practices as well as the challenges and shortcomings? Our Reduced Tillage project is happy to share a new publication, “Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms,” that provides comprehensive information on the emerging practice of tarping — applying reusable tarps to…

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Call for Applications: Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles

By Nicole Waters / January 21, 2022

Assess Your Farm Business Health within a Farm Financial Peer Learning Circles The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up with farmers in New York State to analyze farm finances and have productive, honest discussions about the state of the farm business and opportunities for improving financial outcomes.  We are currently…

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Welcoming New Staff to the Small Farms Team

By Kacey Deamer / December 14, 2021

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce the expansion of our team with three new additions! In our growing efforts to serve the Spanish-speaking farmer community, we have Mildred Alvarado and Hannah Rae Warren joining our LatinX farmer project. Mildred grew up on a small subsistence farm in western Honduras and has followed…

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Shepherding the Sun: Grazing Sheep Under Solar Arrays

By Stephen Stresow / October 20, 2021

Sunlight is a precious resource in Central New York and a new collaboration between farmers and Cornell is looking at ways to harness it using technology that truly puts the soft in software: sheep. Thousands of acres in New York are being turned into solar farms and many fear that this will displace agricultural land.…

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COVID-19 Update on Pandemic Assistance for Farm and Food Small Businesses

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins / October 12, 2021

If your farm or food business is an SBA “small business” you may be eligible for funding for grants to help you respond to coronavirus. The recently announced USDA Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants between $1,500 to $20,000 to farmers of eligible commodities, businesses that provide post-harvest packing and sorting of…

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How We’re Building a Strong NYS Agricultural Industry with Current and Future Programs

By Nicole Waters / October 1, 2021

As the Winter season approaches, we would like to share information on existing and upcoming programs currently available to fruit producers. We welcome the opportunity for collaboration and adaptation to NYS’s vegetable producers and service providers. The Cornell Small Farms Program is currently recruiting for the Winter 2022 Futuro Financiero course! The Futuro Financiero course…

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Registration Is Open for Our Upcoming Online Course Season, Including New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 30, 2021

Are you looking to improve your technical or business skills to benefit your farming operation? Consider joining one of our more than two dozen online courses during live instruction this upcoming online course season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our online courses will begin live webinars this fall, and will…

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In the News: Our Logs to NYC Program Sets Sail with Sail Freight Ship Apollonia

By Delia Guilbert / August 13, 2021

Our Specialty Mushroom project’s new Logs to NYC effort, which connects New York City-based mushroom growers with resources from upstate, recently partnered with the Apollonia, a sail freight ship, to transport logs for their mushroom classes into the city. This maiden voyage of Logs to NYC was featured in an article from Civil Eats. The…

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