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Farm Ops Offering Veteran Learning Cohort Workshops

By Kacey Deamer / February 15, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped farmers from farming, nor has it stopped the work of our Farm Ops project to support veterans interested in agriculture. Last year we started offering virtual workshops, and we are continuing these offerings through 2021.  Our Farm Ops project’s “Veteran Learning Cohorts” bring together a group of veterans interested…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Agricultural Assessment Revenue Threshold Exception

By Joan Sinclair Petzen / February 11, 2021

Farmland owners across New York State participate in Agricultural Assessment to reduce their real property tax costs.  Each year an application (RP-305) or renewal (RP-305-r) must be filed for each eligible parcel with the local assessor in the municipality where the property is located in order to receive this benefit. For farms with 7 acres…

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Join Our Farmer Focus Group and Discuss New Approaches to Farm Labor

By Nicole Waters / February 8, 2021

Do you struggle with getting all the work done on your farm? Do you have challenges attracting and retaining employees? Are you interested in working with other farmers to design solutions to labor challenges? If so, consider attending our farmer focus group, “Exploring Novel Approaches to Farm Labor,” to be held via Zoom (online), on…

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Upcoming Webinars Help Explain Mushroom Growing & Foraging Regulations

By Steve Gabriel / February 1, 2021

Join our Specialty Mushrooms project for two free educational webinars that address often asked topics as we help support mushroom production in rural and urban landscapes. Specialty mushrooms are defined by USDA as any species not belonging to the genus Agaricus (button, crimini, portabella).   Our team has been working with regulatory agencies in New York…

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Learn Ways to Boost Your Farm Business with Our Final Block of Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / January 25, 2021

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the last block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With courses on business, grazing management, soil health, and mushroom production, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins. Our suite of online courses is offered on a…

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COVID-19 Update on Vaccine and Distribution

By Kacey Deamer / January 21, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS) has answered questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained. Recent installments of their Virtual Office Hours have focused on the COVID-19 vaccine. During this week’s…

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Join Our Be Well Farming Project’s Winter Workshop Series

By Violet Stone / January 21, 2021

Update 1/27/21: The workshops are now full, and we are only accepting waitlist requests. The Be Well Farming project is pleased to announce our winter workshop series for farmers or earth workers of all roles and backgrounds across the Northeast. This season, our series focuses on topics to bring more wellness and better communication to all…

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Speciality Mushrooms Project Launches Survey for Growers

By Steve Gabriel / January 19, 2021

Did you grow and sell at least $100 worth of mushrooms in the 2020 growing season? Then our Specialty Mushrooms project wants to hear from you. Specialty Mushrooms are defined by the USDA as any species other than Agaricus bisporus (Button/Crimini/Portobello) produced in the USA. Our project is a unique cooperative extension effort that offers technical…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Entering 1b in Phased Vaccination Distribution

By Kacey Deamer / January 11, 2021

Beginning on January 11, 2021, New York State has entered Phase 1b of its phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As was the case with Phase 1a, the list of eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b will be expanded further over time. The state’s supply of vaccine is limited to what the federal government provides,…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Phased Vaccination Plan

By Kacey Deamer / January 8, 2021

This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is currently in Phase 1a. “While we’re trying to control COVID with one hand, we’re trying to defeat it with the other and the vaccine is the weapon that will win this…

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