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Study Measures Maple Syrup Production in a Changing Climate

By Anna Birn / October 8, 2019

A changing climate is expected to change the seasonality of crops, largely affecting farmers’ production patterns and yearly cycles. This impact on crops also includes maple syrup production, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. Maple syrup production is especially dependent on temperature, and even in the best conditions has a very short seasonal…

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Join Our Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop Series

By Ryan Maher / October 2, 2019

Are you a vegetable farmer already using tarps? Or are you wondering if and how tarps could work best on your farm? The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce a series of workshops on tarping for reduced tillage in small-scale vegetable systems, to be held in Maine and New York this fall. The…

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Grow Your Farm Business by Learning to Grow New Products with Our Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / September 30, 2019

Our new season of online courses is underway, and now’s the time to register for upcoming block two courses. Did you know that the we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform? Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. Courses are offered with tiered pricing from $199…

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Mushroom Expert Offers Series of Educational Events

By Steve Gabriel / September 23, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program is welcoming mushroom expert Tradd Cotter to Ithaca, NY, for a number of events that will share how mushrooms can integrate into agriculture, medicine, sustainability and more. Join us the second week of October to learn from Cotter, a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener from South Carolina.  Cotter and…

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New York is Ripe for Apple Harvest

By Kelsie Raucher / September 18, 2019

Apples will be bigger and better this harvest season, according to Cornell University experts. Largely in part to the weather working in favor for farmers this year, apple color, quality, and size should all be superlative this fall.  “2019 should be an excellent year for apple quality,” Cornell University professor Susan Brown, an apple breeder…

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How to Celebrate National Farm Safety and Health Week 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / September 16, 2019

  Working in agriculture poses more risks than your average job, but many precautions can — and should — be taken to reduce risk. The week of September 15 through September 21, 2019 is National Farm Health and Safety Week, which has been declared by the sitting president annually since 1944. Organized by the National…

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Hype or Hope? CCE Podcast Cuts Through the Hemp Haze

By Kelsie Raucher / September 11, 2019

Delve into the hemp industry in New York State (and nationwide) with the latest episodes of Extension Out Loud, the podcast from Cornell Cooperative Extension. A versatile crop, hemp has many uses post-harvest from fiber for biocomposites (potentially a replacement for fiberglass), to extracting cannabidiol to using the protein for plant-based foods. Production has been…

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CCE Podcast Highlights Modernization in the Apple Industry

By Kelsie Raucher / September 3, 2019

What do Silicon Valley and farmers have in common? Apples.  Recently, hosts of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) podcast Extension Out Loud were joined by Mario Miranda Sazo at this year’s annual Empire Farm Days to delve into digital agriculture within the apple industry.  Sazo, a fruit extension specialist with CCE’s Lake Ontario Fruit Program, explained…

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September Mushroom Webinar to Feature Oyster on Straw Cultivation

By Kelsie Raucher / August 29, 2019

Next Wednesday, September 4, marks the lastest installment of Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project’s free monthly webinar series.  Held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, this month’s webinar includes an overview of cultivation methods for oyster mushrooms on straw, with Steve Gabriel of the Small Farms Program. The second half of the…

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New Platform for Our Online Courses — Register Now!

By Nina Sannes / August 20, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our suite of online courses has moved to a new, more user-friendly platform. Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. Also, courses have tiered pricing from $199 – $299, based on household size and income to make access to the courses more…

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