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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BF 121: Veggie Farming Part 2 starts February 18th!

You do not need to have taken Veggie Farming Part 1 to sign up for this course. The course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season … Read More

Study Explores How Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture

Climate change will require major transformations in agricultural systems, including increased irrigation and moving production from one region to another, according to a new study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. The study provides a global scenario analysis that covers nine different climates, 18 crops, and four crop-management systems, as well as the … Read More

New Farmers Grant Fund- Due January 28th, 2015

New York State Empire State Development is accepting applications for the New Farmers Grant Fund, which is aimed at providing assistance for new or beginning stage farmers in New York State.  Grants ranging from $15,000-$50,000 are available.  Funds can be used for up to 50 percent of project costs including, but not limited to: lease or purchase … Read More

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