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January 2022

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses.

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.   Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well. 


Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

January 25, 2022
7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about key tax benefits and tax incentives that are available for farms. Because this is our last class, this workshop will also include updated tax information for the current tax season.

February 2022

Become a Qualified Vendor for USDA Food Commodities Purchases

February 15, 2022
2:00pm EST
Webinar

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Commodity Procurement Program invites you to a live, interactive webinar on lessons learned in becoming an approved USDA
food vendor. AMS purchases approximately $6 billion of U.S. grown and processed foods annually for both domestic and international food assistance programs.
USDA purchases over 300 different food products that directly support the nutritional needs for millions of school children, families, and other qualified individuals. 

2022 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 15 - February 17, 2022
Virtual

The CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team is happy to invite vegetable and berry growers to our virtual series of webinars on February 15, 16, and 17.

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

February 28, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York?  Join DEC representative Brayton Pendell and ENYCHP specialists for a discussion on who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and recertification. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions during the program.  

March 2022

Apple Pruning Demo: Champlain Valley

March 3, 2022
1:30-3:00 PM
Hart Apple Farm
Peru, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

Apple Pruning Demo: Hudson Valley

March 4, 2022
1:30-4:30 PM
Dressel Farms Inc.
New Paltz, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

2022 Onion School

March 10, 2022
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Education Center & 4-H Park
Otisville, NY

Join us on March 10th for the 2022 Onion School.  We will be discussing several subjects including Managing Onion and Seedcorn Maggot without Lorsban, Fungicide and Insecticide Seed Treatment Options for 2023 and Beyond, Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Management, and much more!

Using hummingbird predation as a management tactic against spotted-wing drosophila in raspberry

March 10, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom Webinar

If you have an interest in using hummingbirds as a management technique to help control SWD in your crops, this seminar is for you!  

Apple Pruning Demo: Capital Region

March 11, 2022
1:30-3:00 PM
Bowman Orchards
Rexford, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

March 14, 2022
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on biological orchard IPM tactics. Julianna Wilson of MSU Extension will present on mating disruption and biological insecticide options, while Dr. Kerik Cox will review what's available for biological control of diseases.  

Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

March 15 - March 17, 2022April 7 - April 8, 2022April 25 - April 26, 2022May 2 - May 3, 2022May 12 - May 13, 2022

NYCAMH will be offering respirator fit testing clinics across the state this year.  For more information, contact NYCAMH at 800-343-7527 or fittest@bassett.org.

Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms

March 16, 2022
11:00am - 12:30pm
Webinar

Join for an overview of a newly created guide to tarping for the Northeast, presented by one of the guide's authors.

This resource is the product of a Northeastern IPM Center-funded working group on tarping and soil solarization. Working group member and presenter Sonja Birthisel, along with her colleagues, sought to create a thorough and application-oriented guide that identifies best practices and fills key knowledge gaps. It covers many uses of tarps, including stale seedbed preparation, cover-crop termination, and application in perennial systems.

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022
1:30pm - 4:45pm
Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on what's new in crop load management. Speakers will be joining us from NYSIPM, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Valent USA. Topics will include NEWA crop load management tools, including the Pollen Tube Growth Model, the Carbohydrate Thinning Model, and the Fruit Growth Rate Model.  We will also discuss the future of precision crop load management with computer vision technologies, and new materials you will soon be able to incorporate into your apple thinning programs.  For those growing peaches, Dr. Anna Wallis will present on thinning with ACC, the first chemical thinner commercially available for stone fruits.

Fusarium Management in Garlic: Field and Storage Considerations

March 22, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Webinar

This workshop will share research results from two fusarium management studies: one focused on field management of fusarium in garlic and the other focused on post-harvest handling's affects. Speakers are Chris Callahan, Agriculture Engineer at the University of Vermont, and Crystal Stewart Courtens, ENYCHP. This workshop is funded through the generous support of Northeast SARE. 

Success with Laser Scarecrows

March 22, 2022
9:00am - 10:30am
Zoom Webinar

Newly improved laser scarecrow kits will again be available for 2022 for those who wish to partner with our research.  This workshop will feature a presentation by Rebecca Nelson Brown and David Brown of the University of Rhode Island about the laser scarecrow and what improvements have been made for 2022.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators Chuck Bornt and Julie Kikkert will share their experiences testing the devices on New York farms.  We will also open the floor to cooperating growers to share their tips for success on the farm.

Virtual Good Agricultural Practices Grower Training

March 23, 2022
9:00am - 4:15pm
Zoom Webinar

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is a voluntary food safety audit program requiring minimum standards for production, handling, packing, and storing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many wholesale buyers, including grocery stores, schools, and other institutions, require GAPs certification from farms in order to purchase their produce. 

Rodent & Wildlife Management on the Farm

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 23, 2022
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Zoom Webinar

It is time to out-smart the critters! 

Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University, Natural Resources & Environment - Learn the behavior and control of deer, groundhogs, raccoons, turkey, geese, and crows.  Dr. Curtis will cover problems in the field, in crop storages, and around barns and facilities. 

B.E.V NY Annual Conference

March 29 - March 31, 2022

B.E.V. NY is New York's annual conference for the grape and wine industry, combining the resources of Cornell's Extension Enology Lab, the Finger Lakes Grape Program, and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. The conference invites academic and industry experts to present information that addresses important issues for the industry, and to do so in a way that provides practical information to those who attend.

This year's conference will be fully virtual. This is a great opportunity for wineries and growers from across the state, and beyond, to take advantage of the great material presented. Seminars will take place over the course of the 3-day conference, with time each day dedicated to Business, Enology, and Viticulture topics. Your registration fee allows you to participate in as much of the conference as you choose.

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Asparagus

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Beets

Beets

Blueberries

Blueberries

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cherries

Cherries

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

Grapes

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Nectarines

Nectarines

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Plums

Plums

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

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Upcoming Events

Apple Grower Listening Session - USDA RMA Crop Insurance

June 28, 2023
Highland, NY

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is inviting interested parties to participate in a listening session to discuss the proposed changes to the apple crop insurance program. These proposed changes were published in a Proposed Rule with request for comments on December 16, 2021.

RMA invited public comments on this rule through April 15, 2022. RMA received comments to the Proposed Rule from approximately 200 interested parties. RMA is taking this opportunity to engage with interested parties to clarify the intent of the Proposed Rule before finalizing changes.

Small Fruit Opportunities for Small Farms

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 11, 2023
Willsboro, NY

$10 per farm

Pre register by Monday, July 10th at 9 am

Join us for a field afternoon at the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm and Juniper Hill Farm in Essex County to learn about growing small fruit crops in northern New York. We'll discuss considerations for site selection, varieties, pruning, integrated pest management, marketing, and more. In addition to strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, we'll cover novelty small fruits and nuts for specialty markets and hear from local producers who grow them.

1.75 DEC credits approved in categories 1A, 10, and 22

Rain date: This event will be held at the same time on Thursday, July 13th if thunderstorms and/or significant rain are predicted on the 11th

Announcements

2022 Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring/Management

All berry farmers are watching for monitoring reports that indicate Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) adults are in their region. Mid-season berry crops should be sprayed as soon as berries begin to ripen unless you've elected to use insect exclusion netting.

- For general information about SWD, and to enroll for free monitoring reports, visit the Cornell SWD blog https://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/.
- Click here for the 2022 Quick Guide for Pesticide Management.
- For some great instructional videos and fact sheets on insect exclusion netting, visit the University of Vermont's Ag Engineering blog.


Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

Winter Greens Grower Interviews in Northern New York

October 22, 2022
In this episode, vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews Lindsey Pashow, ag business development and marketing specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York team. They discuss findings from a series of interviews with winter greens producers in northern New York. Lindsey shares production and marketing challenges associated with growing winter greens in this cold and rural part of the state, success stories and advice from growers, and tips for those interested in adding new crop enterprises to their operation.

Funding for this project was provided by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. The episode was edited by Miles Todaro of the ENYCHP team.

Resources:
• Crop enterprise budget resources available from Penn State Extension (field and tunnel vegetables: https://extension.psu.edu/small-scale-field-grown-and-season-extension-budgets), UMass Extension (winter spinach budgets: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/outreach-project/improving-production-yield-of-winter-greens-in-northeast and field vegetables: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/fact-sheets/crop-production-budgets), and Cornell Cooperative Extension (high tunnel vegetables: https://blogs.cornell.edu/hightunnels/economics/sample-budgets-spreadsheets/). Use these budgets as templates when developing your own crop enterprise budget.
• The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, by Richard Wiswall
• The Winter Harvest Handbook, by Eliot Coleman

For questions about the winter greens project discussed in this podcast, reach out to Lindsey Pashow (lep67@cornell.edu) or Elisabeth Hodgdon(eh528@cornell.edu).

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