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November 2023

Soil Health for Vegetable Growers Workshop

Event Offers DEC Credits

November 1, 2023
9:30am - 2:30pm
Whallonsburg Grange
Essex, NY

Join us for presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations focusing on soil health concepts and best management practices for vegetable growers. Topics include tarping, maintaining soil health in high tunnels, cover cropping, reduced tillage, compost microbiology, and more.

1.75 DEC pesticide recertification credits available in categories 1A, 10, and 23.

Back again this November: Organizing Work for High-Quality Results

November 8, 2023
on-line course

Organizing Work for High-Quality Results teaches farm supervisors how to develop clear expectations and delegate effectively. Learn how to implement a quality management system on your farm, create your own standard operating procedures, and develop processes to streamline work and improve results. This course is appropriate for both new and experienced farm supervisors and managers, as well as those preparing to become supervisors. All participants will learn leadership concepts and practice skills that will improve their ability to build a positive workplace and get results through leading others. Course topics include: setting clear expectations, effective delegation, quality management systems, workplace organization, and aligning HR management with social responsibility expectations.

Materials release November 8, 2023, and live weekly Zoom discussions will be held from 3 to 4 PM ET each Tuesday from November 14 through December 19. Continuing education credits will be offered.

Essex County Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

November 14, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm
Whallonsburg Grange Hall
Essex, NY

Nicole Tommell and Steve Hadcock will host a workshop with CCE Essex on various farm asset protection strategies. Nicole is a Farm Management Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team. Steve Hadcock is a Beginning Farmer specialist with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program. Nicole and Steve have many years of experience working with farm families on farm management and estate planning topics.

Topics included are:

  • How can I use my current records to gauge how well my business is doing? Various suggestions will assist you in looking at your records differently.
  • What can I do to retain employees? Ideas will be shared on how to get new employees off to a good start. Also, ideas on how to help retain employees as well.
  • Am I ready to consider diversifying my business? Thoughts on how to approach evaluating the diversification of your farm business will be shared.
  • When and how do I start the succession process? It is never too early to begin discussing farm succession/transfer. Topics will be covered to help you feel confident to begin the process for your business. Shared topics may help you with your process if you have already started.

Each participant will receive written materials and a flash drive containing various resources. 

The workshop will be held on Tuesday November 14th at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall from 10-2:30. Locally sourced morning refreshments and lunch are provided.

Please register here by Nov 7th: Register Here This event is free

For more information about the workshop content, contact Steve Hadcock at seh11@cornell.edu or 518-380-1497.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

Event Offers DEC Credits

November 15, 2023
8:00am to 5:00pm
Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department
Canajoharie, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023

8 am - 5 pm

Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department

75 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY

Public parking is available across the street from the training venue.

Registration: $10 per farm

Includes course manual ($50 value), certificate of course completion ($35 value), lunch, and other refreshments. Please indicate on the registration form if you have dietary restrictions we should know about.  

Deadline to register: Monday, Nov. 13th at noon or until course is filled (max. 30 participants)

2.00 DEC pesticide recertification credits available in Categories 1A, 10, 22, and 23

Orange County Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

November 17, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm
CCE Orange County
Middletown, NY

Nicole Tommell and Steve Hadcock will host a workshop with CCE Orange on various farm asset protection strategies. Nicole is a Farm Management Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team. Steve Hadcock is a Beginning Farmer specialist with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program. Nicole and Steve have many years of experience working with farm families on farm management and estate planning topics.

Topics included are:

  • How can I use my current records to gauge how well my business is doing? Various suggestions will assist you in looking at your records differently.
  • What can I do to retain employees? Ideas will be shared on how to get new employees off to a good start. Also, ideas on how to help retain employees as well.
  • Am I ready to consider diversifying my business? Thoughts on how to approach evaluating the diversification of your farm business will be shared.
  • When and how do I start the succession process? It is never too early to begin discussing farm succession/transfer. Topics will be covered to help you feel confident to begin the process for your business. Shared topics may help you with your process if you have already started.

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 
Each participant will receive written materials and a flash drive containing various resources.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday November 17th at the CCE Orange County Office, 18 Seward Ave, Ste 300, Middletown, NY 10940.

Register here, cost is $10: Register here

For more information on how to register,
contact Nathaniel Lartey at nl498@cornell.edu or 845-344-1234 Ext 251 or (C): 917-635-9966. 

For more information about the workshop content, contact Steve Hadcock.
Steve may be reached at seh11@cornell.edu or 518-380-1497.

Schoharie County Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

November 20, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm
CCE Schoharie
Cobleskill, NY

Monday, November 20th from 10am to 2:30pm at CCE Schoharie, 173 S Grand St, Cobleskill, NY 12034

Nicole Tommell and Steve Hadcock will host a workshop with CCE Schoharie on various farm asset protection strategies. Nicole is a Farm Management Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team. Steve Hadcock is a Beginning Farmer specialist with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program. Nicole and Steve have many years of experience working with farm families on farm management and estate planning topics.

Topics included are:

  • How can I use my current records to gauge how well my business is doing? Various suggestions will assist you in looking at your records differently.
  • What can I do to retain employees? Ideas will be shared on how to get new employees off to a good start. Also, ideas on how to help retain employees as well.
  • Am I ready to consider diversifying my business? Thoughts on how to approach evaluating the diversification of your farm business will be shared.
  • When and how do I start the succession process? It is never too early to begin discussing farm succession/transfer. Topics will be covered to help you feel confident to begin the process for your business. Shared topics may help you with your process if you have already started.

Each participant will receive written materials and a flash drive containing various resources. 

Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.

Registration is $10.Register here

For more information about the workshop content, contact Steve Hadcock at seh11@cornell.edu or 518-380-1497.

Saratoga County Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

November 21, 2023
10:00am - 2:30pm
CCE Saratoga
Ballston Spa, NY

Tuesday, November 21th from 10am to 2:30pm at CCE Saratoga, 50 W High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Nicole Tommell and Steve Hadcock will host a workshop with CCE Saratoga on various farm asset protection strategies. Nicole is a Farm Management Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team. Steve Hadcock is a Beginning Farmer specialist with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program. Nicole and Steve have many years of experience working with farm families on farm management and estate planning topics.

Topics included are:

  • How can I use my current records to gauge how well my business is doing? Various suggestions will assist you in looking at your records differently.
  • What can I do to retain employees? Ideas will be shared on how to get new employees off to a good start. Also, ideas on how to help retain employees as well.
  • Am I ready to consider diversifying my business? Thoughts on how to approach evaluating the diversification of your farm business will be shared.
  • When and how do I start the succession process? It is never too early to begin discussing farm succession/transfer. Topics will be covered to help you feel confident to begin the process for your business. Shared topics may help you with your process if you have already started.

Each participant will receive written materials and a flash drive containing various resources. 

Morning refreshments and lunch are provided.

Registration is $10. Register here

For more information about the workshop content, contact Steve Hadcock at seh11@cornell.edu or 518-380-1497.

December 2023

New York Labor Roadshow VII

December 15, 2023
8:30-4:15
Greenwich Elks
Greenwich, NY

New York Labor Roadshow VII: December 2023 Offered by New York's Ag Workforce Development Council

New York's Ag Workforce Development Council (AWDC) is currently organizing Labor Roadshow VII.  The Eastern NY event will be held on December 15 in Greenwich, NY from 8:30-4:15.

January 2024

2024 Agricultural Marketing Webinar Series

January 8, 2024 : General Marketing
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

This webinar covers the basics of marketing.

2024 Agritourism Webinar Series

January 9, 2024 : Agritourism For Maple Syrup Operations
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

The first agritourism webinar for 2024 will focus on Maple Syrup Operations.  

2024 Agricultural Social Media Webinar Series

January 11, 2024 : Creating Facebook, Instagram and Google Business Accounts
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

Creating Facebook, Instagram, & Google Business Accounts.  Learn to set up accounts and to determine which platform is best for your business.

Is Whole Farm Revenue Micro-Farm Insurance Right for My Farm?

January 16, 2024 : Is Whole Farm Revenue Micro Farm Crop Insurance Right for My Farm?
3:30-4:30
Zoom Webinar

If your farm revenue is $350,000 or less and you have at least three years of farm financial records (tax returns with revenue and expenses from farming) you are likely to be eligible for a crop insurance program through USDA-RMA called Whole Farm Revenue Micro-Farm Crop Insurance.  This crop insurance product insures farm revenue, is heavily subsidized by USDA and requires much less recordkeeping than other insurance programs.  Liz Higgins will walk you through this insurance program, show you how it differs from the NAP program (offered by USDA-FSA) and can help you evaluate whether or not it makes sense for your farm business.

2024 Agricultural Social Media Webinar Series

January 18, 2024 : Creating Social Media Content for Facebook
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

Learn how to create effective content for Facebook.

Ag Supervisory Leadership ASL 106: Ethics and Employment Regulations

January 19, 2024 : ASL 106: Ethics and Employee Regulations
January 19-February 25, 2024
online/asynchronous

ASL106: Ethics and Employment Regulations beginning this January!

Implement responsible and ethical labor practices and understand why these matter for agriculture. Recognize and prevent sexual harassment. Understand and follow minimum wage and overtime laws. Implement Equal Employment Opportunity laws to prevent discrimination and harassment. Handle employee discipline and termination.

Liderazgo en Supervisión Agrícola ("Transition to Supervisor" Course in Spanish!)

January 19, 2024 : Liderazgo en Supervisión Agrícola ("Transition to Supervisor" Course in Spanish!)
January 19-February 25, 2024
online/asynchronous

¡El Liderazgo de Supervisión Agrícola ahora ofrecerá el curso completo de "Transición a supervisor" en ESPA'OL y todo virtual! Aprenderá estos temas: cómo desarrollar relaciones laborales efectivas, habilidades esenciales de la comunicación, cómo ser el líder de un grupo multicultural, y cómo construir mejores relaciones de trabajo para tener un equipo efectivo de trabajo.

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership will now offer the complete "Transition to Supervisor" course in SPANISH and all virtual! You will learn these topics: how to develop effective working relationships, essential communication skills, how to be the leader of a multicultural group, and how to build better working relationships to have an effective work team. 

2024 Becker Forum

January 22, 2024 : Becker Forum
8:30am-5:00pm
OnCenter
Syracuse, NY

Addressing 2024 Ag Workforce Challenges!

2024 Agricultural Marketing Webinar Series

January 22, 2024 : Developing a Marketing Plan
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

This webinar will go over the basics of developing a marketing plan.

2024 Agricultural Social Media Webinar Series

January 25, 2024 : Creating Social Media Content for Instagram
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

Learn how to create effective content for Instagram.

2024 Agricultural Marketing Webinar Series

January 29, 2024 : Finding Markets
12:00-1:00
Zoom Webinar

This webinar will help you learn to find markets for your ag products.

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Cauliflower

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Upcoming Events

Weed Management for Berries in NY

March 6, 2024 : Weed Management for Berries in NY

Join Cornell scientists, Dr. Bryan Brown, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, Rutgers University's Dr. Thierry Besançon, CCE Harvest NY's Anya Osatuke, and CCE ENYCHP's Laura McDermott to hear updates on the latest research concerning weed management in berries.

Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

March 6, 2024
March 13, 2024
March 20, 2024
: Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

How Profitable will My New Orchard Investment Be? Evaluating Capital Investment Decisions in a Farm Business

February 29, 2024 : Week 1 of the course (February 23-Feb 29)

In week 1 we cover:

  • How and why to use a structured process to make investment decisions.
  • Identifying the problem to be addressed, generating possible solutions and identifying what information you need to acquire.
  • Gathering data and using farm financial statements and farm financial ratios to help make decisions.

 In this zoom session we will go over what you learned in the on-line class.


March 7, 2024 : Week 2 (March 1 - March 7)

In week 2 you will:

  • Develop an enterprise budget and use your enterprise budgets and partial budget analysis to evaluate the risk and profitability of potential investments.
  • Use cost-benefit analysis tools that consider the time value of money to help you choose among investment options.
  • 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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