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November 2021

Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!

January 11, 2021
February 22, 2021
September 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

Course Start Dates & Times Vary; Register Now!
Webinar

CSFP's new season of online courses is almost halfway through, and now's the time to register for their upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. Upcoming courses include their new offering on social media and online marketing, farm business courses, and production courses covering beekeeping, mushrooms, sheep and more.

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.

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program: Managing Performance

November 12, 2021
Asynchronous Online Class
online

Online course to help people lead and retain employees

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 EST 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 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.

Federal Labor Standards in Agriculture - USDOL Live Webinar Presentation

November 18, 2021
10am - 4pm
online

If you are a new agricultural employer or you have questions about federal laws covering agricultural employment USDOL is offering a live webinar on November 18th.  This one-day, multi-session program by USDOL Wage and Hour Staff and hosted by the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team covers the key federal labor programs that agricultural employers need to understand.

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.

Labor Road Show V

November 22, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

November 23, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

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.

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Advisory Committee Meeting

November 29, 2021
11am - 3pm
Online via Zoom

Register now to join the LOF Team member in this annual meeting to review their educational programs and share your feedback. 

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.

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. 

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. 


Labor Road Show V

December 2, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Financial Records for Decision Making

December 2, 2021
7pm - 9pm
online

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.

Labor Road Show V

December 3, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

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).

Labor Road Show V

December 9, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

December 10, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Processing Peas, Snap Beans, and Sweet Corn Advisory Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

December 13, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Hybrid format: Join online or in-person

Processing Peas, Snap Beans, and Sweet Corn Advisory Meeting

All are invited to attend and discuss the 2021 growing season for each crop. Join us online or in-person; pre-registration required. Cornell researchers will be on-hand to present an update on their research funded by the NYS Vegetable Research Association & Council. 1.75 DEC credits will be offered in categories 10, 1a, and 23.

Processing Beets and Carrots Advisory Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

December 13, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm
Hybrid format: Join online or in-person

Processing Beets and Carrots Advisory Meeting

All are invited to attend and discuss the 2021 growing season for each crop. Join us online or in-person; pre-registration required. Cornell researchers will be on-hand to present an update on their research funded by the NYS Vegetable Research Association & Council. 2.0 DEC credits will be offered in categories 10, 1a, and 23.

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.

 

January 2022

2022 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 6, 2022
9:00am coffee and registration, 10:00am - 2:30 meeting
Finger Lakes Produce Auction
Penn Yan, NY

This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, varieties and marketing issues in open field and high tunnel vegetables. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest/disease, cultural management, biological controls and appropriate spray options. The meeting will include grower and buyer panels and auction updates. 1.75 DEC credits will be offered in categories 10, 1a, 23, 24.

CANCELED: 2022 Empire State Producers Expo

January 11 - January 13, 2022
The Oncenter
Syracuse, NY

CANCELED: 2022 Empire State Producers Expo

UPDATE 12/23/21: Due to the ever changing COVID-19 pandemic, the Empire State Producers Expo and Becker Forum is going virtual.

The Becker Forum will stay the same date and time, January 10, in a virtual format.

The vegetable workshops and DEC credits will be virtual and further information will be going out to people who have registered and others who plan to attend. Please check back for more information on the New York State Vegetable Growers Association website. There will be no Trade Show until 2023.

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

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. 


Farm Tax School Series: Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7pm - 9pm

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.

2022 Ontario Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 19, 2022
9:00am coffee and registration; 9:30am - 3:00pm meeting
Ontario Produce Auction
Stanley, NY

This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, varieties and marketing issues in field grown vegetables. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest/disease, cultural management, biological controls and appropriate spray options. 1.5 DEC recertification credits in categories 10, 1a, 23 will be offered. 

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022
7pm - 8:30pm

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

January 25, 2022
7:00pm-9:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about key tax benefits and tax incentives that are available for farms. Because this is our last class, this workshop will also include updated tax information for the current tax season.

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 27, 2022 : Day 1
TBA
Online

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 28, 2022 : Day 2
TBA
Online

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

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Plums

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Rhubarb

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Rutabaga

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Upcoming Events

2022 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 15 - February 17, 2022

The CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team is happy to invite vegetable and berry growers to our virtual series of webinars on February 15, 16, and 17.

Become a Qualified Vendor for USDA Food Commodities Purchases

February 15, 2022

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Commodity Procurement Program invites you to a live, interactive webinar on lessons learned in becoming an approved USDA
food vendor. AMS purchases approximately $6 billion of U.S. grown and processed foods annually for both domestic and international food assistance programs.
USDA purchases over 300 different food products that directly support the nutritional needs for millions of school children, families, and other qualified individuals. 

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on what's new in crop load management. Speakers will be joining us from NYSIPM, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Valent USA. Topics will include NEWA crop load management tools, including the Pollen Tube Growth Model, the Carbohydrate Thinning Model, and the Fruit Growth Rate Model.  We will also discuss the future of precision crop load management with computer vision technologies, and new materials you will soon be able to incorporate into your apple thinning programs.  For those growing peaches, Dr. Anna Wallis will present on thinning with ACC, the first chemical thinner commercially available for stone fruits.

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.  

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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