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Labor Ready Project Shares Farmers’ Stories

By Nicole Waters / March 12, 2021

Our Labor Ready project seeks to enhance the efficiency and overall success of NYS fruit and vegetable farm businesses through professional development for Ag managers, with a special emphasis on creating opportunities for growth and career development for aspiring Latinx farm employees. In a new video series, we highlight the experience of two NYS farmers…

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Be Well Farming Adds Workshops on Fairness, Power and Communication

By Violet Stone / March 9, 2021

Our Be Well Farming project is pleased to announce two additional winter workshops for farmers or earth workers of all roles and backgrounds across the Northeast U.S.*. These two remaining sessions focus on exploring fairness and equity on the farm and improving communication among all of the people (owners, managers, employees, interns, etc) in the…

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New Self-Paced On-Farm Poultry Processing Course Available

By Erica Frenay / March 1, 2021

Has your insurance provider told you they won’t underwrite your on-farm processing of poultry unless you complete a training? Do you need to brush up on best practices for processing meat birds on-farm? Our new self-paced online course offers detailed videos and lessons on food safety and humane techniques for dispatching and processing chickens and turkeys on-farm under…

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Tarps on permanent beds.

Join Our Farmer to Farmer “Tarp Talk” Webinars in March

By Ryan Maher / February 25, 2021

Tarps are clearly a multifunctional tool for small farmers and are being sized, sourced, and applied to fit the farm. How much can we ask of tarps, how are they changing our tillage and weeds, and how do we handle and troubleshoot the shortcomings? We are hosting a series of lunchtime webinars with the University…

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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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2021 NYS Farming Predictions Include Limited Labor and Increased Wages

By Agnes Guillo / February 4, 2021

New York State farmers should anticipate increased wages and a continuously tight labor market in 2021, according to Richard Stup, agricultural workforce specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Stup offered his insights during the 2021 Agricultural and Food Business Outlook Conference on January 25. Stup predicted that “ag labor…

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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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New Cherry Tomatoes Have a Thick Skin

By Agnes Guillo / January 29, 2021

Although cherry tomatoes are a popular agricultural product, these fruits can be challenging to grow as their thin skin is highly prone to cracking during heavy rainfall seasons, while in the field, and even post-harvest. To combat these agricultural challenges, Cornell AgriTech has developed a new cherry tomato variant. The Cherry Ember is celebrated for…

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