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In the News: Our Team Contributes to Cornell White Paper on COVID-19 Impacts on Farming

By Kacey Deamer / October 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, and businesses throughout New York state, and continues to do so. In an effort to detail the impact of COVID-19 on selected agricultural sectors, experts from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University have contributed to a series of nine papers. These papers…

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In the News: Reduced Tillage Project Partner Named to USDA National Organic Standards Board

By Ryan Maher / October 19, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is happy to share the news that Brian Caldwell has been appointed to the USDA National Organic Standards Board, beginning a five-year term in 2021. Brian was a major contributor to the Reduced Tillage project for five years before retiring from Cornell in the spring of 2019. Brian brought decades…

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Building Resilience During COVID-19 Requires Diligence

By Kacey Deamer / October 13, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with farmers to help build resilience for their businesses. In building resilience, we must also remain diligent in maintaining health and safety requirements.  The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health are reminding agritourism businesses that they must adhere to the COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Update on Exposure Notification App for New York State

By Kacey Deamer / October 5, 2020

New York Joins New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to Create Regional COVID Alert App Network to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to…

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Learn to Grow Your Farm with Our Block Two Courses, From Berries and Veggies to Pigs and Poultry

By Kacey Deamer / September 29, 2020

Our new season of online courses is underway, and now’s the time to register for our upcoming block two courses, which includes one of our new livestock offerings, “Beef Cattle Management.” Did you know that we moved our suite of online courses to a new, more user-friendly platform last year? Now, registrants will have permanent…

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Reduced Tillage Project Uncovers Tarping Impacts for Organic Vegetable Farmers

By Ryan Maher / September 8, 2020

One farmer shared with us in early summer: “If we didn’t have a tarp down before our mixed greens this spring, we would have been in big trouble with our CSA. In our untarped plantings, we lost the crop to weeds. We’re not going to do that again.”  Tarps are becoming a versatile tool to…

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Recommendations for Agritourism Farms During COVID-19

By Anu Rangarajan / September 3, 2020

Autumn brings about celebrations around the harvest and holidays. It also is an important time for our agritourism farms. These farms host activities that provide customers with a unique outdoor opportunity for farm-based entertainment and food system education, as well the ability to purchase fresh produce grown close to home. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers…

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Register Now for Our Upcoming Online Course Season, Including New Courses

By Kacey Deamer / August 17, 2020

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our upcoming online course season will begin live webinars this fall, and will feature new courses to offer even more learning opportunities. Our suite of online courses moved to a new, more user-friendly platform last year, which grants registrants permanent access to their course content.…

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COVID-19 Update on CFAP Payments and Expanded Eligibility

By Kacey Deamer / August 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This includes coverage for additional specialty crops, including nursery crops and cut flowers, and a deadline extension for applications to September 11. Additionally, producers with approved applications will receive their final payment. The following additional commodities are now eligible…

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You’re Invited: Reconnecting with Purpose

By Violet Stone / August 10, 2020

As farm and food system educators or change makers working alongside rural and urban farm communities, we face enormous challenges to our efforts to support improved livelihoods of those we serve. Among these are climate instability, rapidly shifting markets, exorbitant land/lot prices, lack of resources, race/gender/class inequities, and labor shortages. While we may design focused…

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