Cornell Small Farms Program Resource Page. Current information is essential to manage your farm and grow your business. The Cornell Small Farms Program has created a suite of resources based on these needs, ranging from production to policy and everything in-between. To learn more about these resources click here.
Small Farms Quarterly. This seasonal magazine features articles on small farms research, farmer experiences, production techniques and more. It reaches about 40,000 subscribers across the Northeast and beyond. Read online or subscribe at: www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/quarterly
Staying Connected with the Cornell Small Farms Program.
Find trainings, jobs, grants and resources by signing up for our Small Farms e-newsletter at: www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/contact/e-news-sign-up/
Looking for training opportunities in your area? Find one of our regional partners closest to you at: www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/events/
Other Cornell Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Offices. Want to learn more about events and trainings occurring in your county or a county near you? Go to the Cornell Extension "Local Offices", scroll to the map at the bottom and click on the county you want to see. At the top click on the "EVENTS" tab. From there you can either review the listing or conduct a search.
Federal Agency Resources
USDA "Veteran Farming". This USDA site provides information on assistance for military veterans through various programs for beginning farmers and ranchers. https://www.nal.usda.gov/aglaw/veteran-farming
Web Soil Survey. This USDA web site provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. Soil surveys can be used for general farm, local, and wider area planning. Onsite investigation is needed in some cases, such as soil quality assessments and certain conservation and engineering applications. https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm
USDA Grades and Standards. The USDA grade shields, official seals and labels are reputable symbols of the quality and integrity of American agricultural products. Large-volume buyers such as grocery stores, military institutions, restaurants, and even foreign governments use the quality grades as a common “language," making business transactions easier. https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA). Our friends at the National Center for Appropriate Technology offer a free "Veterans Resource" guide to sustainable agriculture. Click here to link to their website and download a free copy. Also, in the search bar, type Veteran to find more ATTRA announcements, events, listening sessions, and training opportunities.
Farmer's Veteran Coalition (FVC). FVC is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization assisting veterans–and currently serving members–of the Armed Forces to embark on careers in agriculture. To learn more about the FVC click here.
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). NCAT has been involved in targeted veteran outreach and assistance since 2010. NCAT agriculture specialists have hosted and been involved in at least 17 veteran focused trainings, reaching over 800 veterans across the US. click here to link to their website. Also, in the search bar, type Veteran to find more NCAT announcements, events, listening sessions, and training opportunities.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) offers farmer-driven, grassroots grants and education programs. Since 1988, SARE grantees have been putting the principles of sustainable agriculture into practice on farms and ranches in every state and island protectorate. For printed resources click here.
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) for Veterans. The DGA provides funding support for veterans who are interested in learning more about managed grazing dairy production, farm business management, and conservation stewardship through a 2018 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets). To learn more about the DGA click here.
New York State
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. The NYS Department of Ag and Markets mission is to promote New York State agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard the state’s food supply, land, and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries. https://agriculture.ny.gov/
- Farmers' Market Designation Application. https://agriculture.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/01/farmersmarketdesignationprogram-application.pdf
- Selling Products at a Farmers' Market https://agriculture.ny.gov/farming/selling-products-farmers-market
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. https://www.dec.ny.gov/index.html
- Selling your Forest Products. https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5257.html