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Inscríbase en el Programa Futuro Financiero para Aspirantes a Gerentes Agrícolas

By Mildred Alvarado / November 22, 2021

Aspiring Ag Managers: Registration Now Open for Futuro Financiero Course! Productores del Estado de Nueva York: ¡Adquiera habilidades de gestión y construya su carrera agrícola!. Aproveche esta oportunidad para mejorar su negocio agrícola y demuestre su aprecio por sus valiosos y calificados empleados. ¡Regístrese ahora para el Curso de Invierno 2022! Western New York Producers:…

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From Farm Business Planning to Production Strategies, Learn with Us in the New Year

By Kacey Deamer / November 15, 2021

Our online course season is almost halfway through, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. This block of courses includes our new offering on access to capital, plus farm business courses and production courses covering beekeeping, mushrooms, sheep and more. Our suite of online…

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Our Team is Growing: Now Hiring Farmer Veteran Program Assistant

By Nicole Waters / November 8, 2021

The Cornell Small Farms Program team is continuing to grow, and we are hiring! We are excited to share that the application is now open for our newest team member, Farmer Veteran Program Assistant. Through the efforts of the Farm Ops project to support military veterans entering into farming as a career, our farmer audience…

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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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Be Well Farming: A Retreat Experience for Farmers

By Violet Stone / October 8, 2021

How do we feed and care for ourselves while we feed others? What types of practices and connections support us to be our best selves in the challenging work of managing a farm business? Most farms focus on two of the three pillars of sustainability: economic and environmental. What is often overlooked is the third…

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Whacking Weeds in Organic Apples, Grapes, and Hemp

By Jules Hart / October 5, 2021

Organic produce is a lucrative niche for growers to enter, the market having broken $60 billion in 2020. This makes organic weed control methods more important to perfect than ever — especially in perennial crops, where weeds cannot be controlled by tilling. Instead of tilling, Cornell researchers are looking at a different solution: electricity. Cornell…

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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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A New System for No-till Soybean Production

By Jules Hart / September 28, 2021

In an organic setting, soil health is integral. However, current organic systems rely heavily on tillage and cultivation to keep weeds down; both of these techniques disrupt soil structure, which can cause soil to erode and nutrients to run off. They also cause compaction, which can hinder plant root establishment. A new guide to growing…

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Grow Your Farming Skills with Our Production-Focused Block Two Courses

By Kacey Deamer / September 23, 2021

This week marked the official launch of our online course season, as block one courses began live instruction. There’s still time to join in those courses, or you can starting planning ahead for our upcoming block two courses. With webinars starting at the beginning of November, our second block of courses focuses on production strategies…

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