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Utilizing Alfalfa Heights as a Predictor for Quality

Did you know that Alfalfa height may be a reliable indicator of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) values for your alfalfa field and alfalfa/grass-mixed fields? The South Central New York (SCNY) team is monitoring alfalfa heights again this Spring to help predict % NDF for first cutting hay crop. Results will be compiled and emailed on a weekly … Read More

Tune in to our Summer 2017 Webinar Series

Attendees of the November 2016 Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) meeting made it clear that they wanted ways to remain connected and learning from each other throughout the year. So we invited your ideas for topics you would be willing to share, and the following monthly webinars are the result: a mosaic of ideas representing … Read More

Seeking Submissions: Small Farm Quarterly

A reminder that if you have research and extension work relevant to small farmers in New York and the Northeast, the Small Farm Quarterly is a great place to get the word out. We reach over 32,000 readers, 75% of which reside in NY. We invite anyone to submit an article relevant to our farming readership … Read More

Farm Tour for Military Veterans

The Farmer Veteran Coalition has partnered with Farm Credit East and the Cornell Small Farms Program to house a free farm tour of Elly’s Acres in Jamesville, NY. Join us for a farm tour, a shearing demonstration and to learn more about sheep farming. Topics will include: lamb care, herd management, integration of guardian animals for … Read More

Newly Updated Funding Portal

For access to funding information on grants, loans/finances, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Grants and more, visit SFP’s updated funding portal. Click the picture on the right to view the webinar recording “Free Money? Finding the Right Grants, Cost-Share Programs, and Low-Interest Loans for Your Farm Business” in which Liz Higgins, a Business Management Specialist … Read More

The 2017 Spring Small Farm Quarterly is here!

We are pleased to announce arrival of the Spring Edition of Small Farm Quarterly Magazine. SFQ is for farmers and farm families across the Northeast who value the quality of life that smaller farms provide. Our goals are to… – Help farmers share their expertise and opinions with one another – Inspire and inform farm … Read More

Register Now: Tractor Workshops: TWO LOCATIONS!

Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency, productivity and profitability.  Are you a farmer who is interested in scaling up farm production through investment in your first tractor or upgrading to a bigger piece of equipment?  Are you a beginning or experienced farmer who wants to understand tractors … Read More

Livestock Sector: $100 for Your Thoughts?

What investments will help grow our livestock sector? Are you faced with challenges in the production of livestock on your farm? Do these affect your ability to grow your business? Or do you work with livestock producers as an educator, researcher, service provider or veterinarian? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension want to … Read More

Cornell Experts to Convene Soil Summit

GENEVA, NY – Soil amendments such as raw manure offer clear benefits to agricultural production, but they can also pose potential environmental and food safety risks if not handled properly. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule outlines some requirements for using soil amendments because of the microbial risks associated with their use.  Raw … Read More

Your Perspective Needed at the NYS Livestock Summit

Calling experienced livestock producers: We know you face tremendous challenges to grow your business. What are the undeveloped opportunities and how can we collectively address them? Cornell University’s Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are partnering to host the NYS Livestock Summit on March 30, 2017 from 1-4 pm at 8 locations throughout the … Read More

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