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COVID-19 Update on Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses

By Elizabeth (Liz) Higgins / April 6, 2020

CARES Act’s Emergency Resources for Farm Businesses: Paycheck Protection Loan Program Ag business specialist Elizabeth Higgins, with the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team and a member of our program’s advisory board, prepared the following guidance to help farm businesses in their preparation to apply for this low interest, forgivable loan program. The recent CARES…

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Building Resilience With Labor and Workforce Planning

By Kacey Deamer / April 2, 2020

Offering a curated list of resources on labor and workforce issues for farmers and employees to navigate COVID-19. Whether you hire labor or rely on your family to support a farm’s operations, or you work on a farm, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you or others working beside you may fall…

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COVID-19 Update for Farmers’ Markets Operators and Vendors

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Interim Guidance for Horticulture and Seafood from NYS Ag & Markets The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets on March 31, 2020. This guidance is provided for farmers’ market operators and vendors in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Background: In…

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Active Learning Calendar for Virtual Opportunities and Webinars

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program team has created this new calendar dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing. If you have an event to add, email us a brief description with the event details. We have also added to our farm resilience resource page,…

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Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19

By Kacey Deamer / March 31, 2020

Offering you news, resources and opportunities to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing. Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act.  When we set out to learn something new, we are making a pact with the future. We may have many different goals for our active learning, such as improving…

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How to Build Market Resilience

By Kacey Deamer / March 20, 2020

Update 3/31/20: The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released Interim Guidance for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets. News, resources and opportunities to help you access markets and reach customers to ensure local food security. New York State issued a statement that farms growing food, farmers’ markets and farm stands (CSAs included) are essential businesses,…

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Building Farm Resilience in this Crisis

By Anu Rangarajan / March 13, 2020

Update 3/24/20: We have launched a curated resource page to support the farming community through this challenging time. Offering ideas on how we can take care of ourselves, our farms, and our local communities. Never before has our work as farmers and stewards been so important. In times like these — when uncertainty upsets the…

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In the News: Deep Dive into Compost

By Kelsie Raucher / March 13, 2020

Reduced tillage practices and weed suppression management are common goals of small-scale organic farmers.   A lesser-known method is deep-composting, which was presented by the Reduced Tillage Project and a team of Cornell University researchers at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Winter Conference as a solution to weed suppression in a reduced tillage system. …

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In the News: Koyanagi Describes Farm Ops Partnerships, Support Across NYS

By Kelsie Raucher / March 2, 2020

With a recent expansion of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s “VA Farms” project, the Bath, NY VA Medical Center, will now be a second location for the project’s offerings. Our veterans project associate, Dean Koyanagi, was interviewed by WETM18 and provided insight on farmer-veteran programs.  The Canandaigua VA contracted our Farm Ops project to deliver…

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Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Kacey Deamer / February 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. Opportunities include twelve single-day focused trainings, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training opportunities, print material, and online resources tailored to each individual’s interests. These events are…

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