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Happy National Agriculture Day

By Anu Rangarajan / March 23, 2021

Happy National Agriculture Day from all of us at the Cornell Small Farms Program! We extend our gratefulness to all who work hard to feed, fuel, and fiber us, fill our landscapes with beauty, help our farmers with seeds and supplies, and support agriculture as a viable and meaningful vocation. Your combined efforts continue to…

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Learn About Cutting Meat in a Commercial Kitchen with Upcoming Livestock Webinar

By Kacey Deamer / March 22, 2021

For NYS farmers seeking to regain some control over butchering their animals, there is a middle option between being at the whim of slaughterhouse schedules and opening your own slaughterhouse. That middle ground involves taking control of the cutting and packaging of your meat in a commercial kitchen. If done properly, with access to USDA…

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Black Land Matters: Black Farming and Food Security Webinar Recording Now Available

By Kacey Deamer / March 17, 2021

Recently, our director Anu Rangarajan moderated a conversation between Natalie Baszile, filmmaker and author of the novel, Queen Sugar, and Karen Washington, co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS), for a Rural Humanities webinar. In the half-century following the American Civil War, Black farmers amassed approximately 15 million acres of land. By the end of the…

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COVID-19 Update on Paycheck Protection Program Access for Small Farms

By Mary Kate MacKenzie / March 16, 2021

Updates to the PPP Loan Program make forgivable loans available to small farms with little or no hired labor expense. Act fast to meet the March 31 application deadline!  If your farm business did not apply for an earlier round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), you may wish to reconsider. The COVID stimulus package…

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Farm Finance Flash Poll: We Need Your Help

By Kacey Deamer / March 15, 2021

Are you actively farming in NYS and trying to improve your farm’s bottom line? We are designing a brand-new peer-learning opportunity to address small farmers’ financial planning skills and needs. What we envision is that groups of farmers would meet, either in person or virtually, on a regular basis with a trained facilitator and would…

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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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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 hosted a series of lunchtime webinars in partnership with the…

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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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