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October 2021

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 13, 2021 : Session 1: Tax Planning, Goals, and Foundations
7:00pm-8:30pm
Zoom Webinar

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

Our first session will provide an overview of tax planning, the management of tax liability, and assessing your record keeping system. 

USDA Pandemic Assistance Grant

October 13, 2021
6:30-7:30
Zoom

Learn more about the process to apply for the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program.  This grant provides eligible farms grants of $1,500-$20,000 for costs related to workplace safety and marketing changes from COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 20, 2021 : Session 2: Understanding the Schedule F, Depreciation, Profit/Loss Determinations
7:00pm-8:30pm
Zoom webinar

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

The second session will delve into everything Schedule F - depreciation and classifying revenues and expenses. 

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

October 20 - October 21, 2021
12pm - 5pm
Zoom Webinar

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule. Participants will receive a certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. All farms are welcome to attend to learn about recommended food safety practices for growing, handling, and storing fresh produce.

Navigating Solar Lease Agreements and the Solar Development Process: A Program for NY Farmers and Rural Landowners

October 26, 2021
9:30am to ? (varies by county)
Varies by County

Navigating Solar Lease Agreements and the Solar Development Process:  A Program for NY Farmers and Rural Landowners

CCE Farm Business Management and CCE County Associations in NYS are hosting a hybrid educational program on October 26th to prepare farmers and rural landowners navigate the solar development process and negotiate solar lease agreements.  The program features information provided by a lawyer experienced with solar leases, a solar developer and experts from Ag and Markets on local policy issues.

You can register for the program through the following participating CCE County Offices: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Renssalear, Saratoga, Schoharie, Senaca, St Lawrence, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.  

Don't know the website address for your county office?  Go to: https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-cooperative-extension/local-offices.

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 27, 2021 : Session 3: Income Tax Planning Strategies and Timelines
7:00pm-8:30pm
Zoom Webinar

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

The final session will be led by a professional tax-preparer who will introduce tax planning strategies and the timeline for implementation with ample time for questions and discussion.

Wholesale Market Readiness for Vegetable and Produce Farms

October 28, 2021
12:00-1:30
Zoom

Wholesale Market Readiness for Vegetable and Produce Farms

Join Elizabeth Higgins and Extension Specialist with the Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and Michelle Proscia, Agriculture Educator with CCE Sullivan, for a lunchtime discussion about how farms can prepare for selling on the wholesale market and the benefits of scaling up. Topics include: labeling, recordkeeping, grading standardization of product, and post harvest handling. 

This program is supported by the USDA, NIFA Award #: 2019-70020-30347

November 2021

Design Your Succession Plan

November 2, 2021 : Starting Your Succession Plan
6:30pm-8:00pm
Zoom

Farmers and next generation farmers will receive an opportunity to develop and design a succession plan with sessions led by experts across the field. Attendees will learn through scenario-based learning how to relate real-life experiences to the farm transition process. This webinar series will utilize a "flipped classroom" which requires that attendees complete pre-work prior to each session. This could include watching videos, visiting websites, or completing a handout/worksheet. This pre-work should not take more than 15-20 mins each week, but will enrich your experience during each of the weekly webinars.

Design Your Succession Plan

November 9, 2021 : Family Meetings and Conversations
6:30-8:00
Zoom

Farmers and next generation farmers will receive an opportunity to develop and design a succession plan with sessions led by experts across the field. Attendees will learn through scenario-based learning how to relate real-life experiences to the farm transition process. This webinar series will utilize a "flipped classroom" which requires that attendees complete pre-work prior to each session. This could include watching videos, visiting websites, or completing a handout/worksheet. This pre-work should not take more than 15-20 mins each week, but will enrich your experience during each of the weekly webinars.

Ag Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program: Managing Performance

November 10, 2021
Asynchronous Online Class
Online Class and Zoom Meetings

Ag Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program: Managing Performance

Managing Performance: Understand motivation. Harness the power of performance feedback and coaching. Build clear and effective workplace communications. Set safety expectations. Conduct effective performance improvements. Materials will release November 10, 2021 and live weekly Zoom discussions will be held from 3 to 4 PM EDT each Tuesday from November 16 through December 21. Participation in the live sessions is highly encouraged and provides a valued opportunity for peer to peer learning and networking.

Fruit Advisory Meetings

November 11, 2021 : Northern Hudson Valley Grower Advisory Meeting (in-person, lunch provided)
12pm - 1:30pm
Love Apple Farm Restaurant
Ghent, NY

Planning for CCE-ENYCHP educational and research programming for 2022.  Our goal is industry input, focus on the wholesale side, only a minimal CCE report is planned.

Fruit Advisory Meetings

November 12, 2021 : Southern Hudson Valley Grower Advisory Meeting (in-person, lunch provided)
12pm-1:30pm
Apple Greens Golf Course Restaurant
Highland, NY

Planning for CCE-ENYCHP educational and research programming for 2022.  Our goal is industry input, focus on the wholesale side, only a minimal CCE report is planned.

Fruit Advisory Meetings

November 15, 2021 : Online Zoom Advisory Meeting for Hudson Valley Agritourism Industry Stakeholders
12pm-1:30pm
Online Zoom

Planning for CCE-ENYCHP educational and research programming for 2022.  Our goal is industry input, focus on the agrotourism side, only a minimal CCE report is planned.

Design Your Succession Plan

November 16, 2021 : Determining What You Want
6:30-8:00
Zoom

Farmers and next generation farmers will receive an opportunity to develop and design a succession plan with sessions led by experts across the field. Attendees will learn through scenario-based learning how to relate real-life experiences to the farm transition process. This webinar series will utilize a "flipped classroom" which requires that attendees complete pre-work prior to each session. This could include watching videos, visiting websites, or completing a handout/worksheet. This pre-work should not take more than 15-20 mins each week, but will enrich your experience during each of the weekly webinars.

Webinar on Federal Labor Standards in Agriculture - Live Webinar with USDOL

November 18, 2021
10:00am to 4:00pm
Zoom Webinar

FEDERAL LABOR STANDARDS IN AGRICULTURE - Learn about the key federal laws and regulations for agriucltural employers

Live Webinar Presentation by USDOL Wage and Hour Staff on Key Federal Labor Programs that agricultural employers need to understand. This webinar will not be recorded, but handouts and fact sheets from the meeting will be available.  

Session1   10:00am to 11:30am - Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and Child Labor Laws as they pertain to Agriculture.
BREAK      11:30am to 12:30pm - Lunch/Break
Session 2  12:30pm to 2:15pm - Migrant and Seasonal Workers Protection Act and OSHA Field Sanitation
Session 3   2:15pm to 4:00pm - H2A

Fruit Advisory Meetings

November 22, 2021 : Capital Region Tree Fruit and Berry Advisory Meeting
3pm-5pm
CCE Saratoga County
Ballston Spa, NY

Planning for CCE-ENYCHP educational and research programming for 2022.  Our goal is industry input, focus is on retail oriented growers in the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley.  Only a minimal CCE report is planned.

Design Your Succession Plan

November 23, 2021 : The Next Generation & Your Legacy
6:30pm-8:00pm
Zoom

Farmers and next generation farmers will receive an opportunity to develop and design a succession plan with sessions led by experts across the field. Attendees will learn through scenario-based learning how to relate real-life experiences to the farm transition process. This webinar series will utilize a "flipped classroom" which requires that attendees complete pre-work prior to each session. This could include watching videos, visiting websites, or completing a handout/worksheet. This pre-work should not take more than 15-20 mins each week, but will enrich your experience during each of the weekly webinars.

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

November 30, 2021 : Assessing the Financial Ramifications of and Options for Significant Change to Your Farm Business
12:30-1:45
Zoom

The inflationary economy is upon us! The huge influx of money into the US economy following the COVID-19 pandemic has manufactured high prices and in turn increased operating costs for farm business thus forcing many businesses into net operating loss situations. Other farms are facing high labor costs or chronic labor shortages.  Some farms have taken on debt loads that make these increased costs unaffordable.  Depending on the stage in the business lifecycle, it may make sense to change enterprises or exit the farming business entirely. 

Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, and CAAHP Ag Business Educator, Dayton Maxwell, for a one-hour program to learn about the financial aspects of changing or exiting a farm business. 

Fruit Advisory Meetings

November 30, 2021 : Champlain Valley Tree Fruit Advisory Meeting
3pm - 4:30pm
Livingood's Restaurant and Brewery
Peru, NY

Planning for CCE-ENYCHP educational and research programming for 2022.  Our goal is industry input, focus on the wholesale side, only a minimal CCE report is planned.

December 2021

Farm Financial Records for Decision Making

December 2, 2021
7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Farm Financial Records for Decision Making

Farm Financial Records for Decision Making & Tax Management

A primer for beginning farmers, or a tune-up for those already in production, on recording income and annual expenses,  capital expenditures and depreciation with additional information covering loans & credit card or revolving loan payments, sales of business assets, and deducting losses. 


Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

December 7, 2021 : The Family and Emotional Component; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming
12:30-1:45pm
Zoom

As farm business enterprises are changed or disbanded, the emotional stress can be tremendous, especially when individuals and family members maintain diminished assurance relative to future security. 

Join Gabriel Gurley and Brenda O'Brien of New York FarmNet for a one-hour program focused on successfully navigating the emotional turmoil of a family farm business transition.

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Dec 2021

December 8 - December 9, 2021
12pm - 5pm
Zoom Webinar

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule. All farms are welcome to attend to learn about recommended food safety practices for growing, handling, and storing fresh produce. Course registration fee includes a course manual and certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

December 14, 2021 : New Venture Creation; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming
12:30-1:45pm
Zoom

Change creates opportunity and new opportunities are certain when farm businesses change or end. 

Join Gabriel Gurley of New York FarmNet for a one-hour overview of identifying ways and means to capitalize on new opportunities resulting from farm business transitions.

 

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Brussels Sprouts

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Cabbage

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Carrots

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Cauliflower

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Cherries

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Cucumbers

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Dry Beans

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Eggplant

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Garlic

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Horseradish

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Kohlrabi

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Leeks

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Lettuce / Leafy Greens

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Melons

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Nectarines

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Onions

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Peaches

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Pears

Pears

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Plums

Plums

Potatoes

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Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

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Squash - Summer

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Squash- Winter

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Sweet Corn

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Sweet Potatoes

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Upcoming Events

Farm Financial Management Tuesdays - Planning for a Change or Exiting Your Farm Business

November 30, 2021 : Assessing the Financial Ramifications of and Options for Significant Change to Your Farm Business

The inflationary economy is upon us! The huge influx of money into the US economy following the COVID-19 pandemic has manufactured high prices and in turn increased operating costs for farm business thus forcing many businesses into net operating loss situations. Other farms are facing high labor costs or chronic labor shortages.  Some farms have taken on debt loads that make these increased costs unaffordable.  Depending on the stage in the business lifecycle, it may make sense to change enterprises or exit the farming business entirely. 

Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, and CAAHP Ag Business Educator, Dayton Maxwell, for a one-hour program to learn about the financial aspects of changing or exiting a farm business. 

December 7, 2021 : The Family and Emotional Component; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

As farm business enterprises are changed or disbanded, the emotional stress can be tremendous, especially when individuals and family members maintain diminished assurance relative to future security. 

Join Gabriel Gurley and Brenda O'Brien of New York FarmNet for a one-hour program focused on successfully navigating the emotional turmoil of a family farm business transition.

December 14, 2021 : New Venture Creation; Shifting Business Direction and Life After Farming

Change creates opportunity and new opportunities are certain when farm businesses change or end. 

Join Gabriel Gurley of New York FarmNet for a one-hour overview of identifying ways and means to capitalize on new opportunities resulting from farm business transitions.

 

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Dec 2021

December 8 - December 9, 2021

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule. All farms are welcome to attend to learn about recommended food safety practices for growing, handling, and storing fresh produce. Course registration fee includes a course manual and certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022

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. 


Announcements

2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide

Prepare your sprayer and make sure you have the insecticides of choice on hand. Click on the following link for the revised 2021 SWD Insecticide Quick Guide: https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_981.pdf

Current recommendations are to use the most effective material you can early in the spray program - even though the population seems small. The strategy is to keep the population small for as long as possible as it's very hard to gain control after the numbers have ballooned.  

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather

Severe weather events create significant challenges and often result in catastrophic loss for agricultural producers. Despite every attempt to mitigate risk, your operation may suffer losses. USDA offers several programs to help with recovery.

Risk Management
For producers who have risk protection through Federal Crop Insurance or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), we want to remind you to report crop damage to your crop insurance agent or the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

If you have crop insurance, contact your agency within 72 hours of discovering damage and be sure to follow up in writing within 15 days. If you have NAP coverage, file a Notice of Loss (also called Form CCC-576) within 15 days of loss becoming apparent, except for hand-harvested crops, which should be reported within 72 hours.

Disaster Assistance
USDA also offers disaster assistance programs, which is especially important to livestock, fruit and vegetable, specialty and perennial crop producers who have fewer risk management options.
First, the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) reimburses producers for a portion of the value of livestock, poultry and other animals that died as a result of a qualifying natural disaster event or for loss of grazing acres, feed and forage. And, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides assistance to producers of grazed forage crop acres that have suffered crop loss due to a qualifying drought. Livestock producers suffering the impacts of drought can also request Emergency Haying and Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.

For LIP and ELAP, you will need to file a Notice of Loss for livestock and grazing or feed losses within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days. For TAP, you will need to file a program application within 90 days.

Documentation
It's critical to keep accurate records to document all losses following this devastating cold weather event. Livestock producers are advised to document beginning livestock numbers by taking time and date-stamped video or pictures prior to after the loss.

Other common documentation options include:
- Purchase records
- Production records
- Vaccination records
- Bank or other loan documents
- Third-party certification

Additional Resources
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options.

While we never want to have to implement disaster programs, we are here to help. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact the Rensselaer County USDA Service Center @ 518 271 1889 ext. 2. The office is open for business, however due to pandemic restrictions all in-person visits require an appointment.


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

FSMA Updates with Gretchen Wall

August 10, 2021
In this episode, Elisabeth Hodgdon discusses news and updates related to FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule with food safety specialist Gretchen Wall. They discuss inspection schedules for the 2021 season, On Farm Readiness Reviews, water testing, new resources available for growers, and more.

Resources:
Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, by K. Woods, D. Stoeckel, B. Fick, G. Wall, and E.A. Bihn. This fact sheet includes an explanation of required records as well as printable record templates:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/sites/producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/Records-Required-by-the-FSMA-PSR.pdf

Upcoming Remote, Online, and In-Person Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses/upcoming-grower-trainings/

Interactive Google map of water testing labs, created by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?amp%3Busp=sharing&mid=1C8KHM6jJszj9auYQttUbVtPKtb4eEBSJ&ll=41.22288057139939%2C-78.58548244999999&z=5\

Interested in joining the Produce Safety Alliance listserv? Sign up here to receive FSMA updates, notifications of educational opportunities and new resources, and more:
https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/

Contact Information:
To schedule an On Farm Readiness Review or discuss your farm’s FSMA PSR coverage status, contact Steve Schirmer (315-487–0852 or steve.schirmer@agriculture.ny.gov), or Aaron Finley (518-474-5235 or aaron.finley@agriculture.ny.gov).

Episode speakers:
Elisabeth Hodgdon, ENYCHP vegetable specialist: 518-650-5323 or eh528@cornell.edu
Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance coordinator and Northeast Regional Extension Associate: 607-882-3087 or glw53@cornell.edu

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