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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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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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