Resource Spotlight

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New! Guide to URBAN Farming in NYS

A series of fact sheets to inform farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe. Topics include site contamination, soil renovation, rooftop farming, urban livestock, farming with neighbors, and much more! Click here to view the Guide.

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Guide to Farming in NY

An essential resource for new and existing farmers alike, the Guide provides answers to questions about taxes, business planning, labors laws, zoning, regulations, marketing, and many other topics that farmers need to know about! Click here to view the Guide.

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Online Courses

Interactive 5 to 7 week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm. Led by experienced educators and farmers. View the course calendar.

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Direct Marketing Livestock & Poultry

This extensive Guide helps to clarify and explain the complex laws in layman terms, discussing slaughtering and processing at the custom, state, and federal levels and guiding farmers through the logistics of the various market channels. Click here to download!

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‘Farming in Action’ Videos

This video series features farmers of many different sizes, styles and locations around NY. Learn how to castrate pigs, breed sheep or transplant starts. Get advice on marketing, profitability & more from farmers that have found success! Visit the Video Library.

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Online Mushroom Production Course Offered Feb. 2015

Forest mushroom cultivation is an emerging niche crop with potential to improve farmer stewardship of forests while offering a unique and highly desired product. Learn the background, techniques and economics of small outdoor (forest grown) commercial mushroom production in an online course starting February 24th.  BF 150: Woodland Mushroom Cultivation is a 6-week online course that consists … Read More

Disaster Declaration for Western NY Counties

According to an announcement by Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, and Collins, the USDA has issued a Secretarial Disaster Area for 7 Counties in Western New York that were devastated by the November snow storm: Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. The programs available with a USDA disaster declaration include Farm Service Agency emergency loans, the … Read More

Veteran Careers in Agriculture Resource Guide Available

Farmer Veteran Coalition has released Veteran Careers in Agriculture: A Resource Guide. The 40-page PDF publication introduces the Farmer Veteran Coalition and its work, profiles veteran farmers, discusses opportunities for veterans to find employment in agriculture, and offers resources for business planning. It also serves as a directory of agricultural organizations and educational opportunities for … Read More

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