September 19th, 2014. 11:00am. Corn Silage Dry Matter Testing. Rte. 315, west on to Brothertown Rd., First farm on the left side of the road. John Brouillette, Mycogen and Jeff Miller, CCE will demonstrate the use of a koster meter, microwave and new digistar NIR unit in determining moisture levels in corn silage. Please call to confirm if you plan on attending: 315-736-3394 ext 124

Various dates. Certification Trainings for Beef Quality Assurance. Various locations. There will be 9 BQA certification trainings available through out New York in October (1 in September). Our goal is to certify or re-certify 100 producers. There will be a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to use at your veterinary clinic and 2  bags of minerals.  Thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim and Kent Feeds for their support. In addition Merial will provide a certificate for animal health products for everyone that attends. For more information and the link to the list of trainings:

September 20-21, 2014. 9am – 3pm. 2014 Groundswell Draft Animal Practicum: Introduction to Draft Animal Power. Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY. Join us for an amazing two-day, hands-on experience with a draft animal guru. Donn Hewes is an experienced teamster and a passionate educator, and loves teaching others how to think like a horse. This is your chance to learn the basics of working with draft horses and mules. Our trainees absolutely LOVE this class! Sliding Scale Registration $125 to $290 for two days. To register send an email to

Sept 20-21, 2014. Sign up now as a vendor at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival! Hemlock, NY.  This popular 2-day festival incorporates a Farm Market and all local produce is welcome. Fresh vegetables, flowers, pumpkins, potatoes, gourds, cheese, jam, honey………if you grow it or process it we’d love to have you attend! One day or both days – whatever suits your schedule. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and crowds should be large! Go to and click the “Food & Farmers Market Vendors” link near the bottom of the page.

September 23, 2014. 8pm. Pest Exclusion Fencing Webinar. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), an organic food and farming non-profit is offering a new webinar “Pest Exclusion Fencing.” Livestock and pest exclusion fencing specialist Len Pollara will be giving this webinar presentation. Len will discuss how to match the fencing with your needs, installation tips, applications, where to source materials, and construction. Fence styles, fundamentals of fence construction, post and wire types and setting, and specific tips for various goals will be covered. A question and answer session will close-out the webinar. Visit for more information.

September 23, 2014. Margin Protection Program for Dairy Webinar. Dairy farmers can learn more about the USDA margin protection program (MPP-Dairy) during a webinar through Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County. The first session will run from 10am – 12pm, the second from 1-3pm, and the final from 7-9pm. The goal is to introduce the MPP-Dairy program to dairy farmers and explain how it works in protecting dairy profit margins using national data including an all milk price and calculations for input feed costs. For registration or further information, contact Marylynn Collins or Bonnie Collins at Cornell Extension Oneida County in Oriskany. Their phone number is 315-736-3394 ext. 132 and extension 104 respectively.

September 25, 2014. 7pm. Beginning Farmer Discussion Group Roundtable. CCE Auditorium at 21 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052. Would you like to learn how to lobby for a new agricultural law? Are you interested in learning if you should set your business up as an LLC, Sole Proprietorship or Partnership? Do you want to know if any USDA grants are available for Beginning Farmers?  Attend our Beginning Farmer Discussion Group Roundtable on Thursday, September 25th at 7pm to meet the associations and service providers who are ready to help you with your Beginning Farmer needs. Participants include: Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency  (FSA), Erie County Farm Bureau, Campbell, Bolas & Associates, LLP, and Farm Family Insurance. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Megan Burley at (716)652-5400 x138 or e-mail at

September 25 – October 30, 2014. Online Course about Writing a Business Plan. Many new farmers are intimidated by the process of writing a business plan. The online course BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business demystifies the process and provides students with feedback on their plans each week. This course, taught by an experienced farmer and a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, is 6 weeks long and consists of weekly webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions in an online setting. BF 202 part of the line-up of 12 online courses offered this fall, winter and spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn more at

September 30, 2014. 5pm. Local Government Training on Agricultural Waste, Property Assessment, and Code Enforcement.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY. Come and hear from Cornell University Waste Management Institute and local assessors and code enforcement officers on the rules and regulations as they relate to agriculture. Have the opportunity to ask questions and educate municipal officials on the challenges and barriers you face in agriculture as it relates to property assessment, code enforcement and managing your agricultural waste. Visit for a full agenda and to register.

October 1, 2014. Livestock Inputs Webinar. This webinar presented by the International Organic Inspectors Association and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) will introduce commonly used organic materials, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. This webinar is part of a project designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock. Click here for more information 

October 3, 2014. 1pm-4:30pm. Cornell Small Fruit Open House. Cornell Orchards, Ithaca, NY. Part one of the program will be held at Cornell Orchards; topics will include a chance to examine and discuss a new strawberry low tunnel production system being introduced to the Northeast region, a look at a new cranberry demonstration planting, techniques for minimizing bird damage in berry crops, an inside look at biopesticides as a newly emerging disease management tool, and an update on applied berry research efforts in eastern New York. Part two of the program will be held at the East Ithaca Farm located just around the corner from Cornell Orchard on Maple Ave. Topics for this portion of the program will include techniques for monitoring and managing Spotted Wing Drosophila, a new invasive fruit fly, using wild flower plantings to enhance strawberry pollination, a berry variety question and answer session with Dr. Courtney Weber, Cornell small fruits breeder, introduction of a new research project on soil amendments and their effects on strawberry soil health and finally, a discussion of trellising systems for high tunnel blackberries. Find more information at

October 3-4, 2014. 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium. The hands-on activities Friday will start with a tour of the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford, NY, and explanation of ongoing research and management. The Saturday sessions will be in Morrison Hall on the Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Dave Thomas from the University of Wisconsin, Madison will give the opening talk on sheep dairying in North America. He will also give a later talk on dairy sheep research at the University of Wisconsin. More information at

October 4, 2014. 11am-4pm. Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Corn Harvest. Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Route 209, Accord, NY 12404. The corn will be harvested at this event with an antique corn binder pulled by a team of horses. We have 10’x10’ vendor space available for $35.00. Other activities include pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, a corn maze, and scarecrow making, plus good food available and corn bundles for sale. Wagon rides are available for a small fee. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult. For more information call Robin:  845 294-9016 or e-mail:

October 11, 2014. 11am-5pm. Bel Canto Farm Festival. 341 Buck Hill Road North, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Bel Canto Farm is opening their doors to the public for a fun-filled day with their Alpacas and Kunekune pigs during their annual Fall Festival.  Learn about our farm life, the animals we raise and products we produce.   Enjoy personal time with the Alpacas and adorable, friendly Kunekune pigs and shop for luxurious alpaca clothing and home products.  Joining Bel Canto will be a variety of Finger Lakes Regional artisans selling their beautiful hand-made creations, local food producers offering tantalizing temptations for your palette, and entertaining musicians creating a magical mood for the celebration of all that is local.  You will also enjoy a variety of fiber demonstrations, face painting for the children and fiber crafts and have the opportunity to try your hand at spinning.   The Festival is housed in our seasonally decorated barn rain or shine. So bring the entire family and join us for a one-of-a-kind day on the farm surrounded by the beautiful fall colors of our landscape. Admission is FREE, parking is $5 per car. For more information call:  (607) 387-7122 or email:

October 12 and 13, 2014. Make Your Own Cider Press Class. Hammerstone School, 3285 Jacksonville Road, Trumansburg 14886. Hammerstone School, a local organization teaching carpentry courses to women, is also involved in the burgeoning cider revival. The school’s sister business, Hammerstone Orchards, grows exclusively traditional cider varieties of apples for wholesale to local craft cideries, and for you-pick to home cider-makers.  On October 12th and 13th (Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend), Hammerstone will partner with local cider makers Redbyrd Orchard Cider to present a two-day class in both woodworking and cider making. On the 12th, carpentry instructor Maria Klemperer-Johnson will lead the assembly of your own cider press from parts milled from local lumber. On the 13th, students will run their first batch of cider through their brand new presses, and Eric Shat and Deva Maas of Redbyrd will present a workshop on fermentation basics. At lunch we’ll taste traditional cider apples and local hard ciders. More information can be found at and by calling 607-351-6878.

October 14-16, 2014. HTST Pasteurizer Workshop. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Cornell University’s Department of Food Science in association with NY State Agriculture & Markets is pleased to offer a workshop on High Temperature Short Time Pasteurization.  This workshop is designed for pasteurizer operators, but should be beneficial to all involved with milk pasteurization, including production, QA/QC & maintenance personnel. The course is instructed by industry experts and representatives from NYS Agriculture & Markets and provides an overview of the design, operation, cleaning and maintenance of HTST systems. All required regulatory tests for HTST pasteurizers will be discussed and/or presented in a hands-on format to meet the initial training requirements for performing HTST system testing under the NY State Broken Seal Policy. Register online here  and find more information here.

October 21-23, 2014. Advanced Cheese Making Workshop. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Learn about food safety in cheese making, the chemistry and microbiology of cheese making, the 6 cheese styles, cheese problems and defects, and more in this three day workshop. Find more information here and register at

November 11-12, 2014. NESAWG’s It Takes a Region Conference. Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized? What does real collaboration and cooperation look like? How can we be more effective? Explore the channels, mechanisms and structures for making region-sizing work at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (NESAWG’s) It Takes A Region Conference, regarded as the conference for everyone doing food system change work. The keynote speaker will be radio commentator and NY Times bestselling author Jim Hightower. Click here for more information.

November 14th, 2014. 9:15am – 3:30pm. Big Flats Cover Crop Workshop and Tour. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. We will tour the cover crop plots staged to observe the differences in fall growth due to timing and species. There will be cover crop mixes to observe compatibility between species. The no-till 3 way interseeder has been used to seed demonstration plots and will be observed. A demonstration of seeding red clover at time of corn planting using herbicides to stunt the cover crops while controlling the weeds will be observed. There will be talks from presenters from Cornell, Penn State, Seed Suppliers, and Consultants. We hope to have a demonstration of a zone builder, a presentation about how to tune corn planters for use in no-till situations and a farmer panel discussion. Go to for more information or to register.

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