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December 2016

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Workshop

December 1, 2016
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Voorheesville, NY

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Workshop

Come and learn about the ins and outs of growing table grapes in New York. This session will cover subjects such as table grape biology, trellis construction, vineyard management, as well as marketing and planning for your new enterprise. Topics will be presented by specialists from CCE ENYCHP, New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Northeastern Vine Supply, and Hudson Valley growers.

 

If you have questions, please contact Laura McDermott at lgm4@cornell.edu - 518-791-5038 or Abby Henderson aef225@cornell.edu - 518-746-2553                      


Cut Flower Conference: First Annual Capital Region and Hudson Valley

December 6, 2016
8:30am- 4:00pm
Rensselaerville, NY

Cut Flower Conference: First Annual Capital Region and Hudson Valley

By participating in this conference, you will be able to:
 -Implement new insect and disease pest management strategies
 -Understand the role of soil health in plant health
 -Consider the long-term with crop rotations
 -Apply business management tools and expand your market

To register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/cutflowerconf_201


Grape Growers' Potluck

December 7, 2016
5:30pm
West Park, NY

Grape Growers' Potluck
Join Jim O'Connell, Sr. Resource Educator- Grapes and Small Fruits, for this first potluck dinner in a winter series. The guest speaker for the event will be Tim Lampasona, Research Technician in the Entomology Lab at the Hudson Valley Research Lab in Highland, NY. He talk about insect pests in grapes with a focus on spotted wing Drosophila, and if time allows, spotted lantern fly, an invasive that is currently in Pennsylvania.

This event is free, but please sign up in advance. Please contact Jim O'Connell at 845-943-9814 or email him at jmo98@cornell.edu to register. Include your name and your farm's name, as well as what dish you will bring (it's a pot luck after all).

Cover Crops Grower Discussion

December 14, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm
Keeseville, NY

Cover Crops Grower Discussion
Join Amy Ivy for an informal grower discussion about fitting cover crops into vegetable rotations in the Northern Part of our region.

Free Money? - Finding the right grants, cost-share programs and low-interest loan programs

December 15, 2016 : Ulster County

December 15, 2016 : Dutchess County

December 16, 2016 : Clinton County

December 16, 2016 : Washington County

December 14, 2016 : Schoharie County

Ulster County

The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program is offering a 2-hour program to help farmers learn about current grant and financial incentive programs for their farm business and how to assess whether a program is a good fit.

1. No free lunches!  What makes a good grant project - how to assess if a grant program is a good fit for your farm business?
2. Understanding common grant program terminology and requirements - knowing what will be required before you apply!
3. What programs are available now, and where do you look for programs in the future?  Some of the programs to be covered include:
        -NYS Beginning Farmer Grant (due January)
        -USDA Value Added Producer Grant
        -NYS Consolidated Funding Application
        -NRCS EQIP Cost Share Program
        -USDA REAP Energy Efficiency
        -NYS and USDA loans for farmworker housing
        -USDA SBIR
4. Where can you get help?

Elizabeth Higgins is the Ag Business Management Extension Specialist for the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.  She has over 15 years' experience grant writing and project management and has assisted growers in successfully applying for USDA and NYS grants and has served on many USDA grant review panels.


January 2017

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

January 10, 2017
5-8 pm
Oriskany, NY

What is my job?  Hiring, training and evaluating 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.


Grape Growers' Potluck

January 11, 2017
5:30pm
Old Chatham, NY

Grape Growers' Potluck
Please join us for a series of educational potluck dinners over the winter and into early spring. Jim O'Connell and Anna Wallis are reaching out to growers, trying to get to know them in a less formal setting. Jim and Anna are regional fruit educators with Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP).


Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part One

January 13 - January 14, 2017
10:00am- 2:00pm

Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part One
Save the Date! "Farm Business Succession Retreat - Where are you now, where are you going and how will you get there?"

Families across the country dream of the day the farm will pass to the next generation. In 2008, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) reported that 70% of U.S. farmland would change hands by 2028. Without adequate succession planning, CSREES reports that farms are more likely to go out of business, be absorbed by larger neighboring farms, or be converted for non-farm use.

Don't let that happen to your dream! Succession planning can help ensure the dream of having the farm business transfer to the next generation will become reality. To help you move forward, CCE Ulster County, The Eastern NY Commercial Hort. Program and the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program are sponsoring two days of working facilitated time for your family or business partners to build a strong business succession strategy.

Master Your Farm Taxes

January 14, 2017
10am-12pm, 12:30pm- 2:00
Millbrook, NY

Presented by Grow NYC's FARMroots technical assistance program, this program will feature three tax professionals with decades of experience serving farm families and businesses.  Two classes will be offered- Income Tax Master Class & Payroll Taxes Workshop

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

January 31, 2017
8:30am -4:30pm
Beekmantown, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

Topics to be covered include, Introduction to Produce Safety, Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training, Soil Amendments, Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use, Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water), Postharvest Handling and Sanitation &How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan


In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.  There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.


February 2017

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

February 3 - February 17, 2017
All webinars will begin at 11:00am and last approximately 85 minutes

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

Please join us for this three part webinar series* for a thorough introduction to table grape production. Learn from Cornell and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension specialists and from growers who have experience in the table grape industry.

To participate in the webinar, you must have high speed internet access. If you have  questions  about this requirement, call Laura at 518-791-5038.


2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Kingston, NY

2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.75 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 8, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Albany, NY

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.25 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available.

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

The Path to Your Farm Dream - Beginning Farmer Workshop

February 11, 2017
9am-4pm
Vorheesville, NY

To register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/BegFarmerWkshp_201.
To register by phone, pay by credit card or more information, contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518.

Are you thinking about or have a desire to grow and sell some agricultural products? Did you start growing and selling agricultural products in 2016 and would like some more help? This day long workshop will help you to better understand various aspects of starting a farm. From attending the workshop, you will:
  • Gain ideas on where to get financing to start a farm
  • What to look for when looking for land, buildings, etc. to start a farm business
  • Gain ideas on how to market and sell the products I would like to grow
  • A better understanding of what regulations you need to be aware of


ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 13, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Lake George, NY

ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School
Join us for this annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  Event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show. Pre-Register is Required




ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

February 15, 2017
9:00am- 4:30pm
Poughkeepsie, NY

ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

To Register for this event, please send your name and contact information to Crystal Stewart at:  cls263@cornell.edu

Join us for a one day winter school specific to Organic production!  Hear from panels of experienced growers and industry experts about the following topics:

> Precision cultivation
> Cover crops and tarps for weed suppression
> Biocontrols: how do they actually work?
> Scaling up and paring down: should you grow fewer crops, better?
> What do I need to know about worker protection standards?



2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Fruit Growers' School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 14, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 1

February 15, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 2

February 16, 2017 : Berry Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Grape Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Berry and Grape Growers Session

Tuesday, February 14:  Registration cost:  $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session, lunch and Trade Show admittance).

  • Tree Fruit Session 1: Educational Session 8:00 am - 4:00 pm followed by the Trade Show 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 15: Registration cost: $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).

  • Tree Fruit Session 2: Educational Session 8:50 am - 4:45 pm
Thursday, February 16:
  • Grape Growers Session:  8:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).  Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions:  $50/person, includes lunch
  • Berry Growers Session: Educational Session 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch). Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions: $50/person, includes lunch

DEC Credits have been applied for each session.

Click HERE to view the Full Fruit Growers' School Agenda
Click HERE to view the Grape Session Agenda
Click HERE to view the Berry Session Agenda



Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two

February 17 - February 18, 2017
10:00am- 2:00pm

Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two
Save the Date! "Farm Business Succession Retreat - Where are you now, where are you going and how will you get there?"

Families across the country dream of the day the farm will pass to the next generation. In 2008, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) reported that 70% of U.S. farmland would change hands by 2028. Without adequate succession planning, CSREES reports that farms are more likely to go out of business, be absorbed by larger neighboring farms, or be converted for non-farm use.

Don't let that happen to your dream! Succession planning can help ensure the dream of having the farm business transfer to the next generation will become reality. To help you move forward, CCE Ulster County, The Eastern NY Commercial Hort. Program and the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program are sponsoring two days of working facilitated time for your family or business partners to build a strong business succession strategy.

Effective Orchard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 22, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Orchard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Effective Vineyard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 23, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Vineyard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Modernizing Your Farm Sales: The Power of Point of Sale

February 27, 2017
12:00-1:00pm

In today's competitive farmers market space, producers are increasingly turning to new technologies to help create business efficiencies and manage day-to-day operations. Digital Point of Sale (POS) systems allow farmers to collect critical farm management data, manage customers and employees, and connect with back-end farm inventory systems. Join FARMroots, GrowNYC and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a webinar covering the potential that POS has for your farm business. We'll explore the pros and cons of five (5) individual POS systems available to farmers, including Square, Revel, NCR, Shopkeep and MarketLink/Mobile Market Register. A guest farmer will share his experience with implementing digital POS at New York City's Greenmarket program.

To register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1101880356120197891 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2017 Onion School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 28, 2017
8:45am-4:15pm
Middletown, NY

2017 Onion School
Come join us at the Orange County Cooperative Office for our annual onion school!  4 DEC Credits will be available.

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

February 28, 2017
8:30am- 4:00pm
Portland, NY

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop
As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season.

Growers and educators are researching techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.
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Beets

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Blueberries

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Broccoli

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Brussels Sprouts

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Cabbage

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Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cherries

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Cucumbers

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Dry Beans

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Eggplant

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Ethnic Vegetables

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Garlic

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Kohlrabi

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Leeks

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Melons

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Plums

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Rhubarb

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Rutabaga

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Upcoming Events

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

June 17, 2022
June 23, 2022
June 30, 2022
July 7, 2022
July 14, 2022
July 21, 2022
July 28, 2022

Supervisors are critical to the success of farm businesses. They have a major impact both on employees' daily work experiences and on the production performance of the business. The  agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results. Confident managers who thoughtfully apply leadership and management skills improve employee performance, develop teams, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee engagement. The courses within the certificate program will offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets.

Getting the Most Out of Every Pass - Calibrating Airblast Sprayers for Best Results

June 29 - June 30, 2022

University of New Hampshire Extension Field Specialist Emeritus, George Hamilton will demonstrate the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers. Proper calibration will ensure effective, efficient, economical and legal spraying.  Inadequate spray coverage is usually the cause of poor spray efficacy and additional spray applications. Overuse of some sprays results in unhealthy residues and can lead to fines.

Calibration should be done several times each season, or when you incorporate any new equipment or repairs - from the tractor to the nozzle.  Join us for a refresher or send new employees for training.  This workshop is open for any grower that relies on an airblast sprayer to deliver plant protectants to fruit or vegetable crops. 

Peru Weed Management and Soil Health Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 20, 2022
Peru, NY

Join us in Peru on July 20th as we discuss orchard weed and soil management! Speakers will be joining us from across Cornell's research and extension teams.  Topics will include the results of our herbicide timing trials, new vision-guided technologies for orchard weed spraying, organic weed management options, soil health demonstrations, and a discussion on our statewide orchard soil health survey. DEC credits are pending for this event.  

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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.  

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 Research Review

March 23, 2022
Winter Greens Research Review
March 17, 2022

Episode description:
In this episode, vegetable specialists Ethan Grundberg, Elisabeth Hodgdon, Jud Reid, and grower Leon Vehaba discuss winter greens production in Eastern New York. They highlight research results from the past five years that aimed to develop nitrogen fertility and heating recommendations for winter high tunnel greens production. Leon discusses his lessons learned from his experience at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and how he made changes to his greens production as a result.

Funding and support for the research trials discussed were provided by:
Organic nitrogen fertility management in winter spinach (Willsboro Farm and Pleasant Valley Farm trials): New York Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Northern NY Agricultural Development Program, Toward Sustainability Foundation, Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm, Mike Davis of the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm, and Amy Ivy and Andy Galimberti of the CCE ENYCHP.

Nitrogen dynamics and yield response to minimal supplemental heating in high tunnel winter production: Northeast SARE Partnership grant and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

Resources:
Ethan and Leon’s report from their trials at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project:
‘Nitrogen dynamics and yield response to minimal supplemental heating in high tunnel winter production’ SARE grant final report: https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/one17-298/

Elisabeth and Jud’s results from their trials at the Willsboro Research Farm and Pleasant Valley Farm:
Willsboro Research Farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m94bE5DV5SI&t=10s
Pleasant Valley Farm (research results and overview of winter greens production on the farm): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLK6jnc0YzA&t=12s

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