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Learn Ways to Boost Your Farm Business with Our Final Block of Online Courses

By Kacey Deamer / January 25, 2021

Our current season of online courses is underway, and the last block of courses will start live content at the end of February. With courses on business, grazing management, soil health, and mushroom production, this is a great opportunity to learn before the growing season begins. Our suite of online courses is offered on a…

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COVID-19 Update on Vaccine and Distribution

By Kacey Deamer / January 21, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS) has answered questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained. Recent installments of their Virtual Office Hours have focused on the COVID-19 vaccine. During this week’s…

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Join Our Be Well Farming Project’s Winter Workshop Series

By Violet Stone / January 21, 2021

Update 1/27/21: The workshops are now full, and we are only accepting waitlist requests. The Be Well Farming project is pleased to announce our winter workshop series for farmers or earth workers of all roles and backgrounds across the Northeast. This season, our series focuses on topics to bring more wellness and better communication to all…

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Speciality Mushrooms Project Launches Survey for Growers

By Steve Gabriel / January 19, 2021

Did you grow and sell at least $100 worth of mushrooms in the 2020 growing season? Then our Specialty Mushrooms project wants to hear from you. Specialty Mushrooms are defined by the USDA as any species other than Agaricus bisporus (Button/Crimini/Portobello) produced in the USA. Our project is a unique cooperative extension effort that offers technical…

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Reduced Tillage Project Partner Awarded Alliance for Science Farmer of the Year

By Agnes Guillo / January 14, 2021

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to share this year’s recipient of the Alliance for Science Farmer of the Year award, Rick and Laura Pedersen! Rick has been an important part of the Cornell Small Farms Program community for a long time. Almost six years ago, he helped launch the Reduced Tillage in Organic…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Entering 1b in Phased Vaccination Distribution

By Kacey Deamer / January 11, 2021

Beginning on January 11, 2021, New York State has entered Phase 1b of its phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As was the case with Phase 1a, the list of eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b will be expanded further over time. The state’s supply of vaccine is limited to what the federal government provides,…

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COVID-19 Update on NYS Phased Vaccination Plan

By Kacey Deamer / January 8, 2021

This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is currently in Phase 1a. “While we’re trying to control COVID with one hand, we’re trying to defeat it with the other and the vaccine is the weapon that will win this…

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Aphid-Eating Ladybugs Supplement Their Diet with Leafy Greens

By Agnes Guillo / January 5, 2021

Ladybugs are an important agricultural tool and help farmers by feeding on aphids, thereby controlling this serious agricultural pest. For this reason, learning which types of plants ladybugs eat, and how to keep these beneficial insects healthy, can be a great advantage for farmers. Most animals have an appetite for five major nutrient groups: carbohydrates,…

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Livestock Webinar Will Share Creative Slaughterhouse Workarounds

By Kacey Deamer / December 21, 2020

Many slaughterhouses report being completely booked up for 2021. What’s a livestock farmer to do? The Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Livestock Program Work Team is sponsoring a webinar to help you regain some sense of control over how, when and where you get your livestock processed, and how you sell meat to customers. What Now?! Creative Slaughterhouse…

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Learn About Soil Health at SFP-Organized Sessions During 2021 Empire State Producers Expo

By Kacey Deamer / December 17, 2020

Join us on January 12, 2021, to hear farmer experiences and research on cover cropping and no-till practices from around the region during the Soil Health Sessions at the virtual 2021 Empire State Producers Expo. Our own Ryan Maher, the coordinator of our Reduced Tillage project, organized these sessions on soil health, cover crops and…

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