Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Enrollment

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  • Cultural Practices

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March 2018

PSA Grower Training Course

March 1, 2018
8:30am-4:00pm
Middletown, NY

PSA Grower Training Course

**Save $25 if you attend both the Onion School and the March 1st PSA Grower Training Course. To register for this bundle deal, CLICK HERE

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

The Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.

Registration is mandatory for this event. 


Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

March 1, 2018
5-7:30 pm
Highland, NY

Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work
Do you have a lot of staff turnover? Do you want to improve your communication skills with your employees? This workshop is for you.

Learn to create a work environment that attracts and retains quality employees. You will leave with an assessment of your current employee management strengths and weaknesses, and an outline of an employee handbook that will help you articulate your farm's values to your employees.

Winter Growing Field Trip to Pleasant Valley Farm

March 5, 2018
11:00am-2:00pm
Argyle, NY

Winter Growing Field Trip to Pleasant Valley Farm
Grower field trip to see active winter production in high tunnels.

What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

March 8, 2018
5-7:30 pm
Highland, NY

What is my job?  Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

How well do your employees understand their jobs?

Everyone wants farm employees who know what to do without being told. Unfortunately most people you hire or manage can't read minds. This workshop will help you develop effective tools for training and evaluating new employees or employees moving into new positions. You will learn to develop clear job descriptions, learn techniques in hiring, and training new staff and how to use "just in time" feedback and performance appraisal to both correct problems and motivate your staff.


Keeping Good Staff when Money is Tight & Managing Conflict in the Workplace

March 15, 2018
5:00-7:30pm
Highland, NY

Although everyone likes to be paid, money is not the only, or even most important, motivator for staff retention and performance. Poorly addressed conflict, however, can cost you good employees.  Learn to motivate and retain farm staff while managing conflict and problem farm employees.


Hudson Valley Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training

March 19 - March 21, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm
Highland, NY

CCE ENYCHP Agriculture Specialists will be offering a training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam. 

Registration Fee covers two days of review:  Monday 3/19 and Wednesday 3/21, 9am-12noon

Exam: Tuesday 3/27, 9AM-1PM

Are you managing your risks as a farm employer? The compliance and safety workshop

March 22, 2018
1:00-4:00pm
Highlnd, NY

Are you managing your risks as a farm employer? The compliance and safety workshop

This is the workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of risk management as a farm employer.  Hear presentations from NYS DOL and NYCAMH on employer regulations and safety.


NEWA "Hands-On" Workshop: Grapes and Small Fruits

March 28, 2018
9:30 to 11:45am
Voorheesville, NY

NEWA  "Hands-On" Workshop: Grapes and Small Fruits
At this workshop, growers will learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications).  NEWA is an online system that provides hourly and daily weather data, pest forecasting models, and crop production models, to help implement IPM practices on farms across the Northeast. Attendees will learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for grape berry moth, black rot, downy mildew, powdery mildew and Phomopsis. New models currently being developed for small fruits will also be discussed.

NEWA "Hands-On" Workshop: Tree Fruits

March 28, 2018
1:00 to 4:00pm
Voorheesville, NY

NEWA  "Hands-On" Workshop: Tree Fruits
Attendees will learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications). NEWA is an online system that provides hourly and daily weather data, pest forecasting models, and crop production models, to help implement IPM practices on farms across the Northeast. Attendees will learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for apple insects and diseases.

April 2018

20 Minute Farm Manager

April 2 - April 11, 2018
12:00-12:30

20 Minute Farm Manager
Join us for our April lunch and learn series featuring the best of the Good to Great in Ag Labor Management Series.  Each webinar will take about 20 minutes and provide tips and resources to help you get off to a great start with your employees this spring.  Pre-registration is required but the program is free.

May 2018

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances

May 15, 2018
12-12:30 PM

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances
Setting Up Your Farm's Accounts in Your Financial System

Part of a 20 minute lunchtime webinar series held on Tuesdays this summer covering farm business management topics.  

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances (Pt.II)

May 22, 2018
12-12:30 PM

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances (Pt.II)
Understanding Depreciation

Part of a 20 minute lunchtime webinar series held on Tuesdays this summer covering farm business management topics. 

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances (Pt.III)

May 29, 2018
12-12:30 PM

20 Minute Ag Manager Webinars: Basic Farm Finances (Pt.III)
Understanding Assets and Liabilities vs Income and Expenses

Part of a 20 minute lunchtime webinar series held on Tuesdays this summer covering farm business management topics.  
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Upcoming Events

Champlain Valley Virtual Petal Fall Meeting

May 20, 2024 : Champlain Valley Virtual Petal Fall Meeting - Zoom

Mike will review his observations from the field, and we will then hear from Dr. Robinson for his thinning suggestions for the petal fall application window.

Free to attend, no registration required, simply click on the following zoom link to join: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/96803343516?pwd=akxBSlB5NWRyc0ZVaWxhcXlVVmM1UT09

Meeting ID: 968 0334 3516

Passcode: 420188

How man's best friend can help find Spotted Lanternfly

May 21, 2024
Millbrook, NY

Come and join us at the Dutchess County CCE office on May 21st for a special demonstration by Jennifer Fimbel, the Agriculture and Horticulture Program Leader with Dutchess County CCE. You will get to see her SLF K9 Cole in action as they demonstrate how man's best friend can be used to detect the Spotted Lanternfly. Attendance is free, but registration is required

What is my vine trying to tell me?

May 22, 2024 : What is my vine trying to tell me?
Greenwich, NY

Are your grapevines showing signs of discoloration or stunted growth? Don't ignore these warning signs! Join us on May 22nd at the Washington County Fair Grounds to learn about the essential nutrients that grapevines require to thrive, identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, and how to fix them. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your grapevine cultivation skills! Attendance is free, but registration is required. 

Announcements

2023 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 2023 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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