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Lake Ontario’s New Generation of Hispanic Employees, Future Leaders, and Innovators

By Nicole Waters / July 24, 2019

It was a sunny and gorgeous Saturday afternoon on July 13 for the 5th annual CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program’s Hispanic Summer Fruit Tour successfully conducted in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program.  The beautiful weather added to the high turnout, but in truth, Mario Miranda Sazo is the reason more than one hundred…

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Join Us at Upcoming Field Day to Talk Tarping and Reduced Tillage

By Kacey Deamer / July 23, 2019

As part of the Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series, the Cornell Small Farms Program will be sharing our work on tarping and reduced tillage in small-scale organic vegetable production. This free field day event, “Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production,” will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Homer…

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Can Ladybugs Control Your Cabbage Pests?

By Nina Sannes / July 19, 2019

The cabbage industry in New York State is worth about $60 million annually, a statistic that is threatened by the cabbage looper: a pest capable of creating massive yield loss. Farmers are looking for sustainable alternatives to chemical insecticides, which have the potential to build up resistance, impact non-target organisms, and incur a heavy bill…

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Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops

By Nina Sannes / July 15, 2019

Cover crops present a myriad of benefits to farmers in terms of soil health, weed suppression, improved water availability, and much more. The millions of acres of cover crops currently planted throughout the country are proof that they are becoming more and more attractive to growers in the United States. It is established that cover…

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Learn to Grow Mushrooms in Upcoming NYC Workshop

By Claire Morrow / July 8, 2019

Specialty mushrooms are easy to grow and maintain, making them a lucrative product for beginning and experienced growers alike. These mushrooms often require little start-up costs, and may even only require materials you already have on hand.  On Wednesday July 17, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension,…

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Has New York Found the Secret to Linking Retiring Farmers and Eager Upstarts?

By Nina Sannes / July 1, 2019

Connecting retiring farmers and young upstarts is just the first step of a newly expanding statewide program — funding, access to markets, and a community of support help complete the picture. At the end of 2017, Sandy Gordon spent six weeks helping Joshua Rockwood move his entire farming operation across about 30 miles of upstate…

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Upcoming Mushroom Webinar to Highlight Safety and Regulations

By Kacey Deamer / June 28, 2019

The next installment of the Cornell Small Farms Program’s specialty mushroom project’s monthly webinar series is coming up on July 3. These free webinars occur on the first Wednesday of each month, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, and will be recorded and posted for later viewing on the Cornell Small Farms Program’s YouTube channel. Click…

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Farm Insurance Flash Poll: We Want to Hear From You

By Kacey Deamer / June 24, 2019

Most of us carry insurance for our home, vehicles and property. Not all of us consider insurance for our farm businesses, products or value added enterprises. In fact, many of you have shared challenges with finding insurance for parts of your business. This flash poll is to help us understand more about the unmet needs…

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Alfalfa Mix

Alfalfa-Grass Forage Trials Improve Choices for Farmers & Cows

By Claire Morrow / June 19, 2019

The addition of alfalfa to dairy forage can support healthy milk production. However, because alfalfa relies on temperature to grow rather than day length like grass, it can be challenging to know what varieties to plant in our region that will translate into the perfect mix of forage for New York dairy cows. The Northern…

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CALS Team Promotes Adoption of Onion IPM Program to Fight Pests, Cut Chemical Sprays

By Nina Sannes / June 17, 2019

The value of the onion crop in New York state is between $40 and $50 million annually, but that figure is threatened by the predation of onion thrips. Onions are a high value vegetable crop that can only be grown on specific nutrient-rich soils, with the potential to make a grower up to $6,000 per…

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