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January 2021

Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

January 4, 2021 : Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers
12:00pm-1:30pm
online (zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers is a 1.5-hour, on-line program that reviews best practices for bringing on (aka onboarding) a group of seasonal workers.  This program will go over the onboarding planning guide for seasonal farm employees and discuss the key things you should have in place in 2021 when your seasonal employees arrive.  

When you enroll in this program you will also receive a hard copy of the planning guide by mail, have access to additional resources and information and an on-line community of other farms that are also working on their 2021 onboarding plans. 

COPY - Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

January 4, 2021 : Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers
12:00pm-1:30pm
online (zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers is a 1.5-hour, on-line program that reviews best practices for bringing on (aka onboarding) a group of seasonal workers.  This program will go over the onboarding planning guide for seasonal farm employees and discuss the key things you should have in place in 2021 when your seasonal employees arrive.  

When you enroll in this program you will also receive a hard copy of the planning guide by mail, have access to additional resources and information and an on-line community of other farms that are also working on their 2021 onboarding plans. 

Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

January 6, 2021 : Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers
6:00pm-8:00pm
online (zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers is a 1.5-hour, on-line program that reviews best practices for bringing on (aka onboarding) a group of seasonal workers.  This program will go over the onboarding planning guide for seasonal farm employees and discuss the key things you should have in place in 2021 when your seasonal employees arrive.  

When you enroll in this program you will also receive a hard copy of the planning guide by mail, have access to additional resources and information and an on-line community of other farms that are also working on their 2021 onboarding plans. 

COPY - Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

January 6, 2021 : Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers
6:00pm-8:00pm
online (zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Best Practices for Onboarding Seasonal Workers is a 1.5-hour, on-line program that reviews best practices for bringing on (aka onboarding) a group of seasonal workers.  This program will go over the onboarding planning guide for seasonal farm employees and discuss the key things you should have in place in 2021 when your seasonal employees arrive.  

When you enroll in this program you will also receive a hard copy of the planning guide by mail, have access to additional resources and information and an on-line community of other farms that are also working on their 2021 onboarding plans. 

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License - Jan 11, 2021

January 11, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Online Zoom Meeting


Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York? This online program will cover the basics of who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and important information to know for the test. We will incorporate interactive practice questions and activities within the program to test participant knowledge in preparation for the exam.

Assessing and Using Credit in Your Agricultural Business - Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

January 12, 2021
12:30-1:30
Zoom webinar

CCE Ag Business Educators are offering online farm financial management education programs this winter!

On January 12, from 12:30-1:30, Join CCE CAAHP Ag Business Educator, Dayton Maxwell, for a one hour program on how to effectively apply for and use credit in your farm business.  Dayton was a former Farm Credit East loan officer and now serves as the Farm Business Management specialist for the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.  

This program is the first of three Farm Business Management Tuesdays planned for this winter.

NOFA-NY's Virtual Winter Conference

January 16 - January 23, 2021
Online

There's still time to register for NOFA-NY's Virtual Winter Conference! One registration gives you access to more than 90 workshops presented by farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and advocates to learn from.

Knowing Input Costs to Maximize Profits - Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

January 19, 2021
12:30-1:30
Zoom webinar

CCE Ag Business Educators are offering online farm financial management education programs this winter!

On January 19, from 12:30-1:30, Join CCE CNY Dairy and Field Crops Ag Business Educator, Nicole Tommell and Gabe Gurley of NY FarmNet, for a one hour program on managing your input costs in your farm business.   Managing your costs is a key aspect of being profitable.  

This program is the second of three Farm Business Management Tuesdays planned for this winter.

Cash Flow Management and the Annual Operating Cycle - Farm Financial Management Tuesdays

January 26, 2021
12:30-1:30
Zoom webinar

CCE Ag Business Educators are offering online farm financial management education programs this winter!

On January 26, from 12:30-1:30, Join CCE ENYCH Ag Business Educator, Elizabeth Higgins, for a one hour program on cash flow management and the annual operating cycle. Lack of cash is one of the primary reasons why small businesses fail.  Put together the knowledge you learned in the first two sessions to think about how to use various tools and strategies like loans, lines of credit, managing timing of payments, budgeting and forecasting, and timing of major purchases to better manage your farm's cash flow.

This program is the third of three Farm Business Management Tuesdays planned for this winter.

Remote Good Agricultural Practices Training

January 27 - January 28, 2021

Interested in learning more about the GAPs certification process? Do you need help writing your farm food safety plan?

Join CCE educators for a day-long workshop on Day 1 delving into what is required to pass a GAPs audit, including worker hygiene, wash/pack sanitation, water quality, record keeping, and more. On the second day, we will split into small groups on Zoom to discuss the different parts of a farm food safety plan required for GAPs, some schools and other buyers, and recommended for FSMA. Educators will be accompanied by NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets representatives on Day 2 to help address questions on audits from participants. Participants will work on their plans concurrently within their groups and will have ample opportunity to ask questions and seek advice. 



February 2021

2021 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference Webinars

February 1, 2021
February 5, 2021
February 9, 2021
February 11, 2021
February 16 - February 17, 2021February 19, 2021
February 23 - February 26, 2021

The CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team is happy to invite vegetable and berry growers to our virtual series of production and business management webinars held this February! 

Sessions include:

  • sweet potatoes
  • three berry workshops
  • transplant production
  • a farm stand virtual tour
  • sweet corn
  • and several other exciting topics! 


Marketing Your Farm Products 101

February 2, 2021
February 9, 2021
February 16, 2021
February 23, 2021
: Marketing Your Farm Products 101
6:30-8:00pm
online

Join us for a four-session mini course to help guide you in starting your business.  Tune in February evenings to hear tips on planning, finance, sales/pricing, marketing and grant/resource opportunities. 

CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE ENYCHP and CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021
Tues 8am-5pm; Wed 8am-5pm; Thurs 8am-4:45pm
Online

For 2021, the CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference, DEC Credits are being applied for at multiple sessions.

Session titles & times now available!

Value Added Producer Grant Program Series

February 3, 2021
February 17, 2021
March 3, 2021
: How Do I Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant?
6:00pm-7:30 pm
online

If you are considering applying for a Value Added Producer Grant. How do you fill out the application? How do you make your application as appealing as possible to the person who will review it? These three sessions will outline the process of writing and submitting a successful Value Added Producer Grant.

PPP2/ EIDL Loan Advance/ Expansion of CFAP 1

February 10, 2021
6:30-8:00pm
online

Join Liz Higgins (Eastern NY Hort Team Ag Business Specialist), Myron Thurston (CCE Madison AED & Marketing Specialist) and Nicole Tommell (Farm Business Specialist, CNYDLFC) for an update on the COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Farmers.

Cornell Climate Smart Farming - Winter 2021 Webinars

February 12, 2021
February 19, 2021
February 26, 2021

The Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program is pleased to host five winter webinars for farmers, Extension specialists, and agriculture consultants. Registration is required, but events are free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Uncommon Fruit: Considerations for Commercial Cultivation

February 16 - February 19, 2021
11am-1pm EST
Virtual Sessions

During the course of four sessions, horticultural experts and farmers will describe the possibilities and challenges associated with growing these lesser known crops.  Specifics include site selection, production systems, pest issues, post-harvest requirements, recommended cultivars, and market considerations.

The first session will focus on understanding crop attributes that make commercialization possible followed by a site selection discussion.  After that we will delve directly into the plants which will include Ribes, Elderberry, Aronia, Hardy Kiwi, Hascap, Amelanchier, Ericaceae, Shisandra, Sea Buckthorn, Paw paw, Persimmon, Figs.



March 2021

Value Added Producer Grant Program Series

February 3, 2021
February 17, 2021
March 3, 2021
: How Do I Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant?
6:00pm-7:30 pm
online

If you are considering applying for a Value Added Producer Grant. How do you fill out the application? How do you make your application as appealing as possible to the person who will review it? These three sessions will outline the process of writing and submitting a successful Value Added Producer Grant.

Cleaning & Sanitizing on Produce Farms

March 11, 2021
8:30am - 12:00pm EST
Online Zoom Meeting

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, UVM Extension Ag Engineering, and CCE Orange County, CCE Dutchess County, and CCE ENYCHP are hosting a workshop on Cleaning and Sanitizing on Produce Farms and in Packing Facilities. This remote 3.5 hour webinar will provide:

  • A brief review of microbial risks in produce farms and packing facilities
  • Conducting a Sanitation Operational Assessment
  • Presentations focused on the: o Basics of wet and dry cleaning and sanitizing o Value and importance of sanitation SOPs
  • A hands-on exercise writing a sanitation SOP

Modern Stone Fruit Training Systems Webinar

March 16, 2021
11:00am-1:00pm

Modern Stone Fruit Training Systems Webinar

While yields of stone fruits planted to traditional orchard systems have been lagging behind our modern apple plantings in the northeast, research is actively being conducted to utilize improved rootstocks and modern, narrow training systems to increase productivity and reduce labor costs in peach and cherry systems. 

In this webinar, we will be joined by Dr. Jim Schupp, Dr. Greg Lang, and Dr. Terence Robinson, as they discuss improved strategies for growing peaches and cherries in the northeast.

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License - March 23

March 23, 2021
1pm - 4pm
Online Zoom Meeting

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York?  This online program will cover the basics of who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and important information to know for the test.  We will incorporate interactive practice questions and activities within the program to test participant knowledge in preparation for the exam.

 



April 2021

2021 Spring Turn-Out Grazier Meeting

April 29, 2021
7:00-8:30pm
Online Zoom Meeting

2021 Spring Turn-Out Grazier Meeting: Adapting livestock, Pasture Forbs, Spending Money. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators: Ashely Pierce, Dayton Maxwell, and Aaron Gabriel.



May 2021

Saffron Winter Survival and the Next Step in Cultivation

May 27, 2021
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Calabash Gardens
Wells Rover, VT

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Many New England growers are cultivating saffron as a component of their diversified farming program. They are selling their saffron for $25-50 per gram! Want to learn more about this high value crop? Come to our FREE Saffron Demonstration Event coordinated by the University of Vermont (UVM) North American Center for Saffron Research & Development. It will take place in Vermont but anyone from anywhere is welcome to attend if they are willing to drive to it. This is one of several demonstration events we will hold over the year at different Vermont grower locations. Each event will feature different key topics coordinated with the saffron production cycle. 



June 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



July 2021

Palmer Amaranth & Other Weeds to Watch

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 13 - July 14, 2021
6:00-7:30pm on July 13; 10:30am-12:00pm on July 14
Wagon Wheel Farm (July 13); Stanton's Feura Farm (July 14)
Goshen; Fuerea Bush, NY

Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor of Weed Ecology and Management for Specialty Crops at Cornell University, will be holding two field meetings in Eastern New York on Palmer Amaranth management in July. More information and registration details are available here: https://files.ctctusercontent.com/50bc2eb5701/95a6adb3-c71f-4bac-8223-43f4c893d55b.pdf?rdr=true

Corn, Cover Crops, and Reduced Tillage Systems

July 13, 2021
6:00pm
Tiashoke Farm
Easton, NY

An organized discussion of the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of using cover crops and reduced tillage systems.

  • When and how to terminate cover crops for corn planting 
  • Planting Green 
  • Strip-till / No-till / Reduced-till… 
  • Coulters / Row Cleaners / Closing Wheels / Seed Firmers…

Berry Production Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 27, 2021
5:00-7:30pm
Rulf's Orchard
Peru, NY

Rulf's Orchard, 531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru, NY 

Many berry topics will be discussed including growing Juneberries (Amelanchier, not strawberries), using entomopathogenic nematodes to control strawberry root pests, low tunnel production in June bearing strawberries, SWD monitoring and management. 2.5 DEC pesticide recertification credits available in categories 1A, 10, 22, and 23. Contact Elisabeth Hodgdon (eh528@cornell.edu or 518-650-5323) or Laura McDermott (lgm4@cornell.edu or 518-746-2562) with questions.



August 2021

Field Day at Philia Farm

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 5, 2021
4:00-6:00pm
Philia Farm
Johnstown, NY

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension's Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program for a field day at Philia Farm in Johnstown, NY from 4-6 pm on August 5th. The meeting will showcase a variety of research projects, including a high tunnel pea variety trial; a storage onion trial; a leek trial; a biofungicide trial on beets; a mesotunnel insect netting trial; and a reduced tillage trial for fall vegetable crops. 

2 DEC pesticide credits will be available in category 23

Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

August 11, 2021
CCE Warren County
Warrensburg, NY

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and HealthWorks is pleased to provide respirator fit testing clinics in your region in 2021.

During the clinics NYCAMH will provide medical evaluations; respirator fit tests; and WPS compliant trainings on how to properly inspect, put on, take off, fit, seal check, use, clean, maintain, and store respirators.

Clinic appointments are one hour long, and groups of 4 workers can be seen at a time. Medical evaluations, fit tests, and trainings are available in both English and Spanish.

Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

August 18, 2021
Cornell's Hudson Valley Lab
Highland, NY

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) and HealthWorks is pleased to provide respirator fit testing clinics in your region in 2021. 

During the clinics NYCAMH will provide medical evaluations; respirator fit tests; and WPS compliant trainings on how to properly inspect, put on, take off, fit, seal check, use, clean, maintain, and store respirators. 

Clinic appointments are one hour long, and groups of 4 workers can be seen at a time. Medical evaluations, fit tests, and trainings are available in both English and Spanish.

Champlain Valley Summer Field Afternoon

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 19, 2021
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Chazy Orchards
Chazy, NY

Now that we are able to host field meetings again, we invite you to the Champlain Valley to view some of our current field trials, listen to talks and discuss your management concerns with many of the scientists from Cornell AgriTech, and to reconnect in person with other growers from around Eastern New York.  DEC credits are available in categories 1A, 10, and 22.

Hard Cider Summer Tour

August 25, 2021
9:30am

Join us for our Hard Cider Summer Tour, sponsored by the Cornell Hard Cider Program Work Team and the New York Cider Association.  We will visit 3 different locations and finish the day with a hard cider tasting.

 



September 2021

Berry Production Workshop: Using Insect Exclusion Netting to Manage SWD

September 15, 2021
October 5, 2021

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Due to predictions of extreme weather tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 15th, the Exclusion Netting Workshop at the Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY has been postponed until Tuesday, October 5th, 4-6pm.  If you already registered for the Berry Patch session, there is no need to re-register.

The western NY site at Albers Acres in Kennedy, NY will still hold the workshop tomorrow night, Sept 15.

If you have any questions about eastern NY meeting - please call Laura McDermott, 518-791-5038, or email lgm4@cornell.edu.

2021 season review of SWD management techniques

Join us at either The Berry Patch in Stephentown (Oct 5) or Abers Acres in Kennedy (Sept 15) for a two-hour review of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) management techniques.  We'll cover the basics of SWD monitoring of adult and larvae populations and also discuss implementing a pesticide program.

The program will focus on what has been learned about designing an exclusion netting support system that provides long term control of SWD and maximum utility for berry farmers.

Exclusion netting is being used on field blueberries where it controls SWD while also excluding birds and moderating impacts of hail and heavy rain.  Raspberries and strawberries also benefit from exclusion netting on  the sides of high tunnels.   

1.5 DEC credits available in categories 1A, 10, and 22



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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Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asparagus

Asparagus

Beets

Beets

Blueberries

Blueberries

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cherries

Cherries

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

Grapes

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Nectarines

Nectarines

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Plums

Plums

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

Turnips

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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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