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 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

October 18, 2014. Chenango Area Fall Maple Tour. Meet at the Norwich CCE Building at 99 North Broad Street at 8:00AM or meet at Ward’s at 9:00AM. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County will be sponsoring a tour of two area maple producers to see some of the latest innovations in maple syrup production. The tour will be led by Cornell University Maple Specialist Steve Childs and educators from CCE Chenango. Stop 1 will be Lew Ward’s operation in Smithville Flats to view his new wood chip fired maple evaporator, highlighting how to reduce energy costs in maple production. Stop 2 is Gary Cole’s maple syrup operation in Broome County to look at the updated vacuum and sap storage systems, and a Vortex arch and Steam Away devices. Additionally Steve Childs will provide information on the latest research about tubing diameters; back check valve spouts, and much more. Bag lunch will be provided. Cost for this event is $7.00. Please register no later than noon time on Friday October 17. For more information or to register call (607) 334-5841 ext. 19.

October 18th or 19th, 2014. From Recipe to Market: A seminar for future food entrepreneurs. Jefferson County or Essex County. Is your recipe ready to go to market? If your goal is to launch a specialty food business, then this program is for you.  Bob Weybright, an Extension Agricultural Development Specialist with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program, will present this one-day seminar providing future food entrepreneurs with instruction in food business basics and knowledge of the critical issues to consider before starting a food processing business.  Topics include: Food Business Basics, Marketing: Developing a Strategy, Objectives, Research, and Communication Plan, The NYS Food Venture Center, Market Trends and Product Development, Regulatory Agencies and Requirements, and Food Safety, Processing, Packaging and Labeling. There are two locations and dates: Saturday, October 18 8am to 4pm at Madison Barracks Shared-Use Kitchen, 85 Worth Road, Sackets Harbor, NY, Jefferson County; and Sunday, October 19, 8:30am to 4:30pm at Whallonsburgh Grange Kitchen, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburgh, NY, Essex County. You can find more information at

October 21, 2014. 10am to 3pm. Organic Disease Management in (Another!) Wet Year.  Jordan Hall Auditorium, 614 W. North St., Geneva, NY 14456. Did you have a rough disease year in your fields?  Did bacteria, fungi, and assorted plant pathogens have you (and your veggies) down?  Come join NOFA-NY, Cornell researchers and educators, and your fellow farmers to discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what plans we can make for better control and crops in the future!  This intensive workshop will discuss some of the worst disease challenges facing NYS organic growers in 2014 as well as the strategies that had the most impact controlling them.  Discussion will cover bacterial issues, fungal diseases, and soil borne pathogens in the morning, before moving on to discuss late blight monitoring, forecasting, and managing in the afternoon.  To pre-register and pay the $25 fee, shop online at or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on October 17th. After this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register.

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

October 28-29, 2014. Long Island On-Farm Compost Workshop and Tour. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 423 Griffing Ave. Riverhead, NY 11901. The workshop will consist of compost basics, feedstock and processing, regulations, producing compost for various markets, and troubleshooting common compost problems, as well as a field trip to Schmitt and Sons Farm to see their vegetable waste composting. The compost tour on Oct. 29 will visit six facilities to explore the composting of deer, leaves, nursery and landscape debris, poultry butcher waste, pumice, and lawn debris. Visit for more information.

October 28-29, 2014. Basic Cheese Making Workshop. Cornell University. Cornell University’s Department of Food Science in association with NY State Agriculture & Markets is pleased to offer this course on the Cornell University Campus.  The course is instructed by industry experts and representatives from NYS Agriculture & Markets. Please note that we have moved to on-line registration and credit card payment. Register online here. For questions/concerns regarding registration/payments, contact Janene Lucia ( or Louise Felker (

October 30th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Organic Brassica School. Bejo Seeds, 1088 Healey Rd., Geneva, NY 14456. As brassica season winds down, join NOFA-NY, Cornell researchers and educators, and Bejo Seeds to discuss all things Brassica!  This intensive workshop begins with Jan van der Heide of Bejo discussing brassica cultivation from managing crops to reduce disease and insect pressure, through selecting varieties that complement your farm’s soil fertility limitations or insect and disease pressure.  NYS IPM Coordinator Abby Seaman and Cornell Plant Pathology’s Chris Smart will discuss monitoring and organic controls for flea beetles, Swede midge, cabbage worms, black rot, and more, and Cornell Horticulture’s Thomas Bjorkman will close the session with an examination and discussion of market opportunities and the economics of fresh-market organic broccoli.  After the workshop, farmers are welcome to check out Bejo’s late fall plantings and demonstration gardens. To pre-register and pay, shop online at or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person or $15/ group. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on October 27th. (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register).

November 6, 2014. 6:30-8:30pm. Pawpaw Production Workshop. Vince’s Park, Seneca Falls NY, Intersection of Rt 318 and Rts 5+20Have you ever thought of growing pawpaws? Pawpaw is a native fruit with a tropical-like flavor that has been described as a cross between a banana, mango and pineapple. They are rarely found in markets because the fruit is damaged easily when ripe. Steve Gabriel from the Cornell Small Farms Program and owner of Wellspring Forest Farm will be presenting a pawpaw production workshop, covering such topics as pawpaw management, site selection, and sourcing pawpaw trees. You can register online at or contact Derek Simmonds at 315-539-9251 or Cost is $15 per family.

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 11-12, 2014. Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference. The Inn on the Lake, 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. The Strategic Marketing Conference will be held once again in November, 2014. This premier conference provides in-depth discussion on topics and issues that are critical for sellers of agricultural products. Topics this year will cover changing/adding market channels, market/product diversification from both a wholesale and direct-consumer vantage point, highlighting such practices as season extension, extending into ethnic and export markets, CSA to wholesale markets, group purchasing organizations, farm-to-institution, and CSA rebate programs. For more information and to register, visit

November 12th, 2014. 10:00am-3:00pm. Tile Drainage SchoolThe Factory: 20 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Speakers at this one day workshop on farm tile drainage include: Allenwaite Farm Inc., George and Travis Allen; Steve Mahoney, owner of River Bend Farm Agricultural and Environmental Services; Larry Geohring , Cornell University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering; Scott Fitscher, NRCS Conservation Program Manager; and David Holck, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. Register by November 7th at If you have any questions please contact Aaron Gabriel at (518) 380-1496 or, Kevin Ganoe at (315)-219-7786 or, or Ashley Pierce at (518) 272-4210 or

November 14, 2014. 9:00am to 3:30pm. Love Your Land? Make a Plan! Workshop. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles. This workshop is designed to get families talking and planning about the future of their land – sometimes a difficult conversation. While the focus of this workshop will be on woodlands, the tools presented on are also applicable to farmland succession planning.  All landowners are encouraged to attend. Topics will include land conservation options, estate planning, and general tools to help families decide the future of their land. Cost is $25.00 per family, which includes workshop materials, lunch and snack.  Pre-registration is required and available on the CCE Onondaga web site: Questions about the workshop may be directed to Kristina Ferrare, CCE Onondaga, email or phone (315) 424-9485 ext. 231.

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.

December 2-3, 2014. Food Safety Systems for Artisan Food Processors Short Course. NYS Ag & Markets offices in Albany. Cornell University’s Department of Food Science in association with NY State Agriculture & Markets is pleased to offer this short course, instructed by Dairy Extension staff  and representatives from NYS Agriculture & Markets and Wegmans. The course is designed to provide a hands-on, practical approach to developing food safety systems for your operation. You will be provided pre- reading materials to help prepare for the class. Basic HACCP principles and pre-requisite programs will be covered.  Full course details may be found in the course announcement and program.

December 9, 2014. 2014 Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference. Warren Hall, Cornell University. New York agricultural leaders— including industry leaders, agribusiness professionals, policymakers, educators, and farm managers— will learn about the short-and long-term outlook for agriculture and agricultural products. Breakout sessions concentrate on dairy, grains and feed, and horticultural products. By attending you will better understand critical issues facing agriculture in New York and the Northeast, learn about the near-term outlook for major New York commodities, and interact with fellow leaders of the vibrant New York agricultural industry. More information and registration.

Various dates this winter. Winter Webinars on Agricultural Law. Online. This winter, Farm Commons is hosting an incredible lineup of 14 webinars on farm law. Farmers new to legal education should check the 8 webinars in their “Farm Law Basics” series. Those who are already familiar with how the law affects their farm operation can dig into the details through the “Advanced Farm Law” series. Each webinar will provide lots of time for questions, input from farmers themselves, and true stories about folks who have been there. Go to to view the lineup and to register.

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