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Register Now for Learning Opportunities in the New Year

By Kacey Deamer / November 23, 2020

The new season of online courses is almost halfway through, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. Our suite of online courses is offered on a user-friendly platform, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content. Also, courses have tiered pricing based on…

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Three New Team Members Join Our Team

By Kacey Deamer / November 19, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce an expansion of our team with three new additions: Jamie, Molly and Nina. Each has been involved in our program’s work in some way over the years, and we are glad to now have them as formal members of our team. Jamie Johnson will be the…

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Upcoming Webinar on Starting a Slaughterhouse

By Erica Frenay / November 16, 2020

This has been a challenging year for livestock farmers and red meat packers in New York State. With many packers already booked solidly for 2021, livestock farmers are feeling panicked about how to get their animals harvested in a timely way. This has driven unprecedented interest in opening new slaughterhouse facilities in the state. But…

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COVID-19 Update on Horticultural and Agritourism Businesses in Cluster Sites

By Kacey Deamer / November 13, 2020

As we enter the colder months, we must remain vigilant in maintaining health and safety requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is reminding horticultural and agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19 New York Forward guidance.  Nonessential agritourism activities permitted under Phase…

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In the News: Our Team Contributes to Cornell CALS White Paper 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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In the News: Reduced Tillage Project Partner Named to USDA National Organic Standards Board

By Ryan Maher / October 19, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is happy to share the news that Brian Caldwell has been appointed to the USDA National Organic Standards Board, beginning a five-year term in 2021. Brian was a major contributor to the Reduced Tillage project for five years before retiring from Cornell in the spring of 2019. Brian brought decades…

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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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Reduced Tillage Project Uncovers Tarping Impacts for Organic Vegetable Farmers

By Ryan Maher / September 8, 2020

One farmer shared with us in early summer: “If we didn’t have a tarp down before our mixed greens this spring, we would have been in big trouble with our CSA. In our untarped plantings, we lost the crop to weeds. We’re not going to do that again.”  Tarps are becoming a versatile tool to…

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