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Spanish-First Field Day Celebrates Latino Community Leadership, Spirit and Contribution to WNY Apple Industry

By Nicole Waters / July 13, 2022

Year to year, New York State harvests more than 1.2 billion pounds of apples, cares for more than 1.6 million apple trees, and farms more than 55,000 acres that provide fresh, nutritious apples to more than 68 million people around the country. A huge portion of this effort is due to the massive contribution of…

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Celebrating Pride Month 2022: Queer Farmer Stories and Resources

By Kacey Deamer / June 28, 2022

Farming is independent, self-determined good hard work. Over the last few years, we have been centering our work in ensuring that anyone in New York, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or identity, has the knowledge, skills, resources and networks needed to enter and thrive in farming as their vocation. We have highlighted resources and networks…

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“Sampling” App Cuts Costs in Fight Against Pest and Disease

By Griffin Erich / June 22, 2022

Determined to increase the efficiency of monitoring pest and disease pressure for farmers, Cornell researchers have used field research to develop a new app called Sampling. Sampling aims to aid growers in the timing of their pesticide and fungicide applications, through the creation of action thresholds, or the limit when the cost of control is…

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Incubator Program to Support Beginning Farmers at CCE Tioga’s Hilltop Community Farm

By Yidi Wang / June 14, 2022

There are many ways to learn about farming, and in recent years the number of online learning and digital resources available has drastically increased. But hands-on training offers something special. The experience and knowledge gained can help beginning farmers launch their careers, from growing vegetables to raising livestock, and more.  One such opportunity is being…

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How Agriculture and Renewable Energy Can Work Together: The Case for Sheep and Solar Panels

By Yidi Wang / June 8, 2022

Land size has always been a crucial factor in agriculture. As New York State is pushing to reach the 70% renewable energy goal by 2030, the continued growing number of renewable energy industries could occupy up to 129,600 acres of land. However, farmland will be within that acreage, as farms can offer unique combinations of…

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Farm Ops Offering Veteran Scholarships for Soil Health & Climate Resiliency Field Days

By Nina Saeli / June 6, 2022

Field day events will be occurring across NYS throughout July and August! Soil health, crop rotation, cover crops, weed management, reduced tillage … what more could a farmer want to talk about? No matter if you are growing vegetables and field crops, grains, or fruit, somewhere in NYS there is a field day for you.…

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Los Días de Campo en Español Crecen en el Oeste de Nueva York y Más Allá

By Mildred Alvarado / June 3, 2022

¡Únase a nosotros para un día de campo en español! By Mildred Alvarado, Nicole Waters, Mario Miranda Sazo, Alejandro Calixto, Hannah Rae Warren [Read this article in English] En estos días, la temporada de trabajo parece no detenerse nunca. Por suerte, tampoco lo hace la colaboración entre el Programa de Small Farms de Cornell (Pequeñas…

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Spanish-Language Field Days Grow in Western New York and Beyond

By Nicole Waters / June 3, 2022

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program, and NYS Integrated Pest Management for a Spanish-language field day!  By Mildred Alvarado, Nicole Waters, Mario Miranda Sazo, Alejandro Calixto, Hannah Rae Warren [Vea este artículo en Español] These days, the busy season never seems to stop. Luckily, neither does the collaboration between the Cornell…

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New York State Farm Directory Launching in June 2022

By Kacey Deamer / June 1, 2022

As part of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s role in strengthening New York State agriculture, we are helping to spread word of the New York State Department of Agriculture’s plans to launch a statewide online Farm Directory. The Farm Directory, which launches in mid-June, will connect consumers to producers of farm products and promote New York farms.…

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A Call to Stand in Solidarity with Buffalo Food Justice Advocates and Partners

By Kacey Deamer / May 18, 2022

We stand with our neighbors in Buffalo as we collectively grieve the lives lost and process the horror of Saturday’s mass shooting by a white supremacist targeting Black residents while they shopped at a neighborhood grocery store. Please consider sharing this media advisory, co-created by Food For the Spirit and other Black-led organizations in New York State,…

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