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January 2020

Introduction to Winter Growing Webinar

January 2, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

Join vegetable specialists Elisabeth Hodgdon (ENYCHP) and Judson Reid (Cornell Vegetable Program) for a webinar on winter vegetable production in high tunnels.

Apple IPM :: Basics for Orchard Employees

January 10, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
CCE Saratoga County
Ballston Spa, NY

Have farm employees that need recertification credits? We will be covering the basics of integrated pest management, including how to monitor traps, evaluate insect thresholds, and use prediction models to better manage common orchard pests of Northern New York.

We will also discuss IPM tactics for managing apple scab, fire blight, obliquebanded leafroller, apple maggot, and some common weeds in the orchard.

Precision Pruning for Apple Crop Load Management

January 30, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
CCE Clinton County
Plattsburgh, NY

Crop load management begins well ahead of petal fall!

Join Mike Basedow as he reviews preliminary results from the 2019 Champlain Valley precision pruning trials and offers some suggestions on how commercial orchards can incorporate these principles into their own pruning program heading into the 2020 growing season.



February 2020

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Poughkeepsie

February 4, 2020
8:50am - 3:30pm
Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Poughkeepsie, NY

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Poughkeepsie

Join us for a day-long program featuring grower presentations, small group discussions and demonstrations, and extension presentations focused on a number of production topics.  These will include fertility management, injection systems, grafting, variety selection, pruning, trellising systems, pest and disease management, and more!

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Saratoga

February 12, 2020
10:00am - 3:30pm
CCE Saratoga
Ballston Spa, NY

Join us for a day-long program featuring grower presentations, small group discussions and demonstrations, and extension presentations focused on a number of production topics.  These will include fertility management, injection systems, grafting, variety selection, pruning, trellising systems, pest and disease management, and more.

Creating Pollinator Habitat: How Do I Plant It?

February 18, 2020
12:00pm - 12:45
webinar

Pollinator habitats are in the news, but how exactly do you create one? 

We cover some installation methods that we have tried and discuss benefits and costs. 

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

February 20, 2020 : Feb 20 - Basics of Mushroom Production
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

February 20 - Basics of Mushroom Production - Steve Gabriel, Specialty Mushrooms and Agroforestry Specialist, Cornell Small Farms.  Mushrooms are an emerging niche crop with many benefits, including improving farmer stewardship of forested lands and the ability to offer a unique and highly desired product. Steve will introduce students to mushrooms that can be easily grown in the woods. 

2020 ENYCHP Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 25 - February 26, 2020
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Albany, NY

2020 ENYCHP Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Join us for two days filled with informative sessions on Tree Fruit, Vegetables, Small Fruit, Grapes, Hemp, and more!

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 25, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
Albany, NY

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  At least one person per farm producing more than $25,000 worth of fruits and vegetables must attend this course once.  Participants will receive a certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

February 27, 2020 : February 27 - Basics of Nut Production
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

February 27 - Cracking Into NYS Nut Production - Sam Bosco, PhD candidate, School of Integrated Plant Science, Cornell.  

Interested in learning about a valuable, highly nutritious food crop that grows well on marginal land and helps combat climate change? Go nuts! Temperate nuts are an emerging crop with a powerful potential for the future of sustainable NYS agriculture. Get introduced to the basics of growing nuts and receive an overview of the nut-work of people planting the seeds of a new industry. 

 

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Capital Region

February 27, 2020
Indian Ladder Farms
Altamont, NY

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Capital Region

Join us for a morning of hands-on pruning discussion and demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson.  Terence will walk us through the key steps of pruning the tall spindle orchard, and will also review pruning techniques for other orchard systems commonly grown across the Capital Region. Please note this meeting will be held the morning following our annual winter conference in Albany.

 



March 2020

Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Eastern NY

March 2 - March 3, 2020
10am-4pm
CCE Dutchess County
Millbrook, NY

Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Eastern NY

2-day, hands-on workshop to explore best practices in supervising farm employees in Millbrook, NY

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

March 5, 2020 : March 5 - Adding Poultry to Your Small Farm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

March 5 - Adding Poultry to Your Small Farm - Jason Detzel, CCE Ulster Co. and Ashley Pierce, CCE CAAHP.  Jason and Ashley lead livestock and poultry educational programs in the Capital District and Hudson Valley regions of the state.  Poultry production is relatively low-investment with a quick turnaround time but farmers need specific skills to produce a product that is safe and profitable. This course will provide basic information to build a successful poultry enterprise.

2020 Orange County Onion School

March 6, 2020
8:45am - 3:45pm
Pine Island Fire Department
Pine Island, NY

2020 Orange County Onion School

Join experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, and the University of Georgia for a day full of updates on best practices for muck onion production in New York. Researchers will share the results from trials studying herbicide efficacy, pink root management in transplanted onions, Stemphylium leaf blight fungicide programs, timing of copper applications for reducing bacterial bulb rots, adjuvant selection and use, and more! 

Agricultural Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

March 11 - March 12, 2020
9am - 4pm
CCE Ulster County
Kingston, NY

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is pleased to provide an Agricultural Respirator Fit Testing Clinic for NYS DEC Region 3 which services the following counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Clinic appointments will be held March 11 to 12, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC), 232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza) in Kingston. 

Appointments are 1-hour long and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, only during the date range below. Groups of 8 workers can be seen at a time. Medical evaluations, fit tests, and trainings are available in both English and Spanish.

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

March 12, 2020 : March 12 - Basics of Tree Fruit Production
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

March 12 - Basics of Tree Fruit Production - Mike Basedow, CCE ENYCHP. Planting and managing apples, pears, and stone fruit is a rewarding hobby and business, but it's not as simple as planting and picking. There's a lot that goes into successful orcharding! Mike will provide some of the bare essentials to help you determine if growing tree fruit is right for you. 

Stone Fruit Pest Management for the 2020 Growing Season

March 16, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am
webinar

Stone Fruit Pest Management for the 2020 Growing Season

Join us the morning of March 16 via webinar to review current best management practices for some of our most challenging insect, disease, and weed pests of New York stone fruit orchards.  Speakers include Dr. Art Agnello, Dr. Kerik Cox, and Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie.

*POSTPONED* Tree Fruit IPM for Employees

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 18, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
CCE Clinton County
Plattsburgh, NY

*POSTPONED* Tree Fruit IPM for Employees

*This event is postponed until further notice.*

Have farm employees that need recertification credits? At this meeting, we will cover the basics of integrated pest management, including how to monitor traps, evaluate insect thresholds, and use prediction models to better manage common orchard pests of Northern New York.   In the second portion of the meeting we will discuss as a group IPM tactics for managing apple scab, phytophthora root and crown rot, plum curculio, tarnished plant bug, and some common weeds in the orchard.  We will also review sprayer safety.  

We will be offering 2 DEC recertification credits in categories 1a, 10, and 22.  

Tomato Workshop: For Production in Soilless Media in Greenhouses

March 18, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Jones Auditorium in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
New Haven, CT

This one-day educational program is co-sponsored by UConn Extension, USDA Risk Management Agency and the CT Agricultural Experiment Station.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from UConn Extension and a cooperative effort of UConn Extension and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Five pesticide recertification credits have been approved for this event for attendees from all New England States. 

Creating Pollinator Habitat: What Insects Should I Expect?

March 19, 2020
12:00pm - 12:45pm
webinar

The point of a pollinator habitat is to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. 

We look at the insects we found in our plots and discuss whether they are 'good' or 'bad' and what benefits this may have for your environment.

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

March 19, 2020 : March 19 - Food Safety for Small Farms
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Webinar

March 19 - Food Safety for Small Farms - Elisabeth Hodgdon, CCE ENYCHP. Elisabeth is a regional vegetable specialist and farm food safety lead for the ENYCHP. She is actively involved in high tunnel research, invasive pest management, and pesticide and food safety education. In the final segment of our series, Elisabeth will guide the audience through a thoughtful approach to designing diversified farming systems with food safety in mind.   

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Champlain Valley

March 19, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Forrence Orchards
Peru, NY

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Champlain Valley

Join us for a morning of hands-on pruning discussion and demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson.  Terence will walk us through the key steps of pruning the tall spindle orchard, and will also review pruning techniques for other orchard systems commonly grown across the Champlain Valley.

 

Bloom Thinning with the Pollen Tube Growth Model

March 31, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
webinar

Join us via webinar to learn about bloom thinning with the pollen tube growth model.  We will hear from Dr. Greg Peck, Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University in Ithaca.  



April 2020

*CANCELLED* Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Hygienic Design Workshop

April 15, 2020
8:30am - 3:30pm
Engel's Acres
Troy, NY

*CANCELLED* Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Hygienic Design Workshop

**This event has been CANCELLED**

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, the University of Vermont and CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture are hosting a workshop on Cleaning, Sanitizing and Hygienic Design. 

This one-day workshop will include:

A brief review of produce safetyPresentations focused on cleaning, sanitizing and drying best practicesAn introduction to hygienic design principlesSeveral hands on exercises to reinforce cleaning, sanitizing and hygienic design concepts

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

April 23, 2020
May 7, 2020
: 'Office Hours' for Commercial Vegetable Growers
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

Got commercial vegetable questions? Get LIVE answers every Thursday night from 7:00-8:00pm! This event is hosted on Zoom or you can call in for farmer-driven production conversations, dynamic troubleshooting with CCE Specialists, and photo diagnostics of crop issues and pests. Learn how to identify the pests affecting your crops.

Weekly Berry Office Hours

April 23, 2020
June 4, 2020
: Berry Office Hours - Managing Botrytis in June Bearing Strawberries
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone.  Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A.

USDA/SBA COVID-19 Programs Update

April 23, 2020
7:00pm
https://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1183

Daily, folks are being bombarded with news on the effects of COVID-19 in our industry.  On Thursday 4/23 at 7pm, Nicole Tommell, Farm Business Specialist CCE CNYDLFC, Myron Thurston CCE Madison Ag Economic Development & Marketing Specialist and Liz Higgins Ag Business Specialist, CCE Eastern NY Horticulture Team will give an update on the USDA COVID-19 relief package announced by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on 4/20. 



May 2020

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

April 23, 2020
May 7, 2020
: 'Office Hours' for Commercial Vegetable Growers
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

Got commercial vegetable questions? Get LIVE answers every Thursday night from 7:00-8:00pm! This event is hosted on Zoom or you can call in for farmer-driven production conversations, dynamic troubleshooting with CCE Specialists, and photo diagnostics of crop issues and pests. Learn how to identify the pests affecting your crops.

CFAP Informational Webinar

May 14, 2020
1:00pm

CFAP, authorized in the CARES Act will provide $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Direct support for farmers and ranchers available via CFAP will include direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19. For example if you had to dispose of produce because you lost sales, you may be eligible for a payment.

Virtual Petal Fall & Thinning Meeting

May 14, 2020
May 21, 2020
May 28, 2020

4:00pm
Zoom webinar

Due to Covid-19 restrictions on public meetings, a series of three, short, weekly Zoom Webinar on-line thinning meetings will be held instead.

The format is designed to be brief and focused, with an opportunity for grower interaction with the presenters.The three-meeting format will be repeated separately for the Capital District and the Champlain Valley.You will be able to submit questions during the meeting. If you'd prefer to submit your question(s) prior, email to Dan Donahue djd13@cornell.edu.There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is simple, just your name, business name, and email address, and can be done up to a few moments before the Zoom webinar.



June 2020

Weekly Berry Office Hours

April 23, 2020
June 4, 2020
: Berry Office Hours - Managing Botrytis in June Bearing Strawberries
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone.  Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A.

Lunchtime Webinar: Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews During COVID-19, What Actions Should Growers Take?

June 9, 2020
12-1pm
Webinar

As New York "Reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers.

Join a panel of experts for a Question and Answer lunchtime session that will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their field crew.

Weekly Berry Office Hours

June 11, 2020 : Berry Office Hours - SWD Management
12:30pm

Join us for office hours - Thursday, June 11 at 12:30pm.  Bring questions about SWD management, ID, etc.  There will be a short presentation first - yes, about SWD! - and then we'll try and touch on highlights for management. 

Click the link below to join

https://cornell.zoom.us/j/9551...

Password: 4FyY8D

Or dial by phone: 1-646-518-9805

Meeting ID: 955 1458 6018



July 2020

Weekly Berry Office Hours

July 2, 2020 : Berry Office Hours: Renovating June-bearing Strawberries
12:30pm
webinar

Topic: Renovating June-bearing strawberries - this can help control SWD population growth and also help keep perennial berry patches healthy, but there are challenges to the approach.

Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases (Webinar)

July 8, 2020
4-5pm
webinar

Join us as Dr. Srdjan Acimovic of the Hudson Valley Research Lab discusses the basic biology and his recommended management approaches for multiple summer diseases.

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom webinar

Join us the afternoon of July 20th to learn what's new in orchard precision spraying technology. We'll be joined by Dr. Jason Deveau, Dr. Heping Zhu, and Steve Booher. 

After their presentations, we will open up the meeting for all three presenters to field questions and comments. 



August 2020

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September 2020

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October 2020

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November 2020

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December 2020

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Upcoming Events

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020

Join us the afternoon of July 20th to learn what's new in orchard precision spraying technology. We'll be joined by Dr. Jason Deveau, Dr. Heping Zhu, and Steve Booher.  After their presentations, we will open up the meeting for all three presenters to field questions and comments. 

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Announcements

U-Pick Farm Practices During Covid-19 Pandemic

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our farms and provides
customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. In light
of what we understand about the spread of COVID-19, new management practices
will be needed to protect your farm team and your customers. This document
provides recommended practices and communication strategies for U-Pick
operations for the 2020 season.

https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_864.pdf

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

2020 Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast - Episode 6 7/1/20

July 2, 2020
The July 1st, 2020 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Update (1:05)
Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (9:10)
Managing Caterpillar Pests in Brassicas (12:53)
Strawberry Renovation (17:56)
Developing a Safety Plan to Comply with NY Forward Phased Re-Opening Requirements (24:12)

Here are links to additional resources mentioned in the episode:

NY Forward Safety Plans
Introductory “how to” video for writing your plan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2PH3wCgdhc&feature=youtu.be

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development NY Forward business safety plan support for farms
https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/ny-forward-business-safety-plan/
• Plan templates
• Guidance and considerations for plan writing
• Links to “how to” videos
• Links to additional resources such as log templates, hand washing station plans, and more
• Webinar recordings

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets novel coronavirus page: Guidance documents for farm businesses in multiple languages
https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus

Strawberry Renovation
For more in-depth information re: strawberry renovation, visit http://www.hort.cornell.edu/fruit/nybn/newslettpdfs/2014/nybn1306.pdf.

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