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In the News: Koyanagi Describes Farm Ops Partnerships, Support Across NYS

By Kelsie Raucher / March 2, 2020

With a recent expansion of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s “VA Farms” project, the Bath, NY VA Medical Center, will now be a second location for the project’s offerings. Our veterans project associate, Dean Koyanagi, was interviewed by WETM18 and provided insight on farmer-veteran programs.  The Canandaigua VA contracted our Farm Ops project to deliver…

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Farm Ops Project to Continue Event Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Kacey Deamer / February 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Farm Ops project will be continuing its series of training workshops for veterans interested in agriculture throughout 2020. Opportunities include twelve single-day focused trainings, as well as connecting participating veterans to additional regional training opportunities, print material, and online resources tailored to each individual’s interests. These events are…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured in Veteran’s Day Podcast

By Kelsie Raucher / November 15, 2019

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) podcast Extension Out Loud sat down with our own Dean Koyanagi to discuss the myriad programs and resources available to veterans interested in agriculture. A Marine Corps Veteran himself, Koyanagi joined the Cornell Small Farms Program to lead the Farm Ops project and support fellow veterans. …

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Veteran Scholarships

By Dean Koyanagi / July 17, 2019

Scholarships for Educational Workshops and Online Courses Farm OPS strives to provide access to resources and training events for veterans pursuing careers in agriculture in New York State. With funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, we currently are offering scholarships to veterans and active duty military personnel who attend educational…

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Events Series for Veterans in Agriculture

By Dean Koyanagi / July 15, 2019

Events Series for Veterans in Agriculture Farm OPS is pleased to announce that we will be continuing our series of trainings for veterans interested in agriculture. We are working with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s Whole Health Program to provide 1-day focused trainings at no cost to New York State veterans who are enrolled at…

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New York State Veterans in Agriculture Network Listserve

By Ryan Clover / July 15, 2019

Also, please consider joining the New York State Veterans in Agriculture Network Listserve: What is this Listserve? Through a grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program the Cornell Small Farms Program initiated a statewide service provider network for organizations to support agriculture training for veterans. In continuing this work, we plan to implement…

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Conference Spotlight: SFP Presenting in Early 2019

By Kelsie Raucher / December 3, 2018

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be attending several conferences in early 2019. From presentations of our research to special events, you can connect with the our team and fellow farmers at the conferences listed below. New York State Vegetable Growers Association  2019 Empire State Producer’s Expo Reduced Tillage Project: Ryan Maher, Brian Caldwell, &…

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In the News: Farm Ops Featured this Veteran’s Day

By Kelsie Raucher / November 16, 2018

The Farm Ops project of the Cornell Small Farms Program provides expertise and community for veterans interested in agriculture across New York State. Connecting veterans with the Armed to Farm conference is often a first step in providing agricultural training and farm tours. If veterans want to make the transition into farming, the Small Farms Program…

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Veteran farm tour group

Farm Tour Brings Veteran Families to Wind Swept Meadows

By Kacey Deamer / September 24, 2018

For veterans and military families interested in learning about a variety of farming techniques and farm business management, tours of working farms can offer important insight and inspiration. On September 19, 2018, a farm tour was held at Wind Swept Meadows Farm in Watertown, NY. The tour was hosted by the Small Farms Program (SFP)…

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Operation Mountain Grown: Veterans Growing Food, Jobs and Futures in Coal Country

By Suzanne Pender / July 2, 2018

For a remote, mountainous area in West Virginia, McDowell County has gotten a lot of attention lately. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain filmed a segment of his television show there, and West Virginia native Elaine McMillion Sheldon, filmed her Peabody Award winning documentary “Hollow” there (her recent documentary short “Heroin(e),” also based in West…

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