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Recent Smoke Not a Problem for New York Vegetables

By Steve Reiners / June 9, 2023

Canadian wildfires have been impacting the air quality in the Northeast for the last week. Smoke filled the sky, and warnings were issued for outdoor activities. This is making many growers and gardeners worried about the potential impact the smoke will have on field-grown vegetables. The good news is the impact will be minimal at…

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Time Is Running Out to Be Counted in USDA Agriculture Census

By Kacey Deamer / May 24, 2023

This is your last chance to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture, as there is only one week left to return the questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will end data collection for the 2022 Census of Agriculture on May 31. In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)…

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Seed Catalog Created Specifically for New Yorkers

By Stephen Stresow / April 26, 2023

Wondering what to grow in your garden? Now you can consult Cornell’s Community Science Catalog As they anxiously await the upcoming growing season (and warmer weather), many farmers and gardeners browse through seed catalogs to decide what to plant. A single catalog or garden center seed stand can have hundreds of varieties for growers to…

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Futuro en Ag in Action in 2023

By Tim W. Shenk / April 12, 2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Futuro en Ag Graduates This January to March at the Cornell Small Farms Program’s Futuro en Ag project, we conducted 3 Leadership Development and Farm Business Management courses. Two were held on Long Island – one in Spanish and the other in English – and the third in Western…

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In the News: Small Farms Intern Featured in Extension Out Loud Podcast

By Stephen Stresow / March 13, 2023

In the latest episode of “Extension Out Loud,” a podcast by Cornell Cooperative Extension, one of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s interns, Stephen Stresow, shared his expertise about selecting, sowing, and saving seeds by helping listeners navigate the multitude of terms on seed packets and catalogs.   After a hiatus in 2022, this was the first…

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Small Farms Welcomes New Staff to Support Spanish-First Farmers

By Tim W. Shenk / February 27, 2023

The Cornell Small Farms Program team is expanding, welcoming Tim W. Shenk. Tim will support the Futuro en Ag project as a bilingual communications specialist. He introduces himself below.  El Cornell Small Farms Program sigue creciendo y le damos la bienvenida a Tim W. Shenk. Tim apoyará el proyecto de Futuro en Ag como especialista en…

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Grow Your Farm Management Skills with our Spanish-First Course in March

By Tim W. Shenk / February 10, 2023

Are you looking to gain farm management skills and advance your career? [Vea este artículo en Español] Our Futuro en Ag project is continuing to develop educational opportunities for Spanish-speaking and bilingual farm owners, managers, and employees in New York. The upcoming Futuro Farm Management Skills course offers professional development for Spanish-first farmers looking to…

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Mejore Sus Habilidades de Gestión Agrícola con Nuestro Curso en Español en Marzo

By Tim W. Shenk / February 10, 2023

¿Busca adquirir habilidades de gestión agrícola y avanzar en su carrera? [Read this article in English] Nuestro proyecto Futuro en Ag continúa desarrollando oportunidades educativas para los propietarios, gerentes y empleados de negocios agrícolas que hablan español como primera lengua, o son bilingües y residen en Nueva York. El próximo curso de desarrollo de liderazgo…

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Be Counted: USDA Agriculture Census is Due

By Kacey Deamer / January 31, 2023

Farmers and ranchers, don’t miss the opportunity to be counted and show the importance of agriculture in the U.S. by responding to the 2022 Census of Agriculture by February 6, 2023. Producers can respond online at or by mail. In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed the Census…

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Discover New Ways to Grow Your Farm Business with Our Final Block of Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / January 18, 2023

The current season of online courses is well underway, and our fourth and final block of courses will start live instruction at the end of February. With courses on farm business, grazing management, woodlots and more, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins. Our suite of online courses is offered…

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