Producing for the Hub Workshop. 
December 16th, 2014. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Lucky Dog Farm Store & Café on Main Street in Hamden.
With new Local Food Promotion Program funding, the Lucky Dog Food Hub will scale-up their offerings to encourage agricultural entrepreneurship and help local farmers expand into high-quality, high-value markets through personalized buyer and producer activities. During this workshop, producers will learn more about the activities made possible through LFPP and how be become part of the Hub’s producer line-up for 2015. For more information, contact Sonia Janiszewski at 914-720-1020 or

Maple Confection Workshop.
December 20, 2014.  Arkport American Legion.
The Cornell Maple Program is featuring maple confections trainings conducted by Stephen Childs. The workshop will feature training and hands-on experience in making maple confections, in particular maple sugar, maple cream, molded maple sugar and crystal coating.  The participants will be trained in using the diabetic glucose meter to measure invert sugar in maple syrup, how to properly blend syrups to a desired level of invert sugar and the factors that control crystal size in maple confections.  The program will also focus on the machinery and techniques that can improve a producer’s time efficiency when making these value added products. These workshops will be suitable for very experienced as well as novice confection-makers.  Each participating maple farm will receive a New York State Maple Confections Notebook.  Each participant will need to bring one quart of syrup to be used in the program. Cost is $10 per person. Contact: Stephanie Mehlenbacher, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810, 607-583-3240 or

2015 Oneida County Crop Congress
January 7th, 2015. 9:45am -3:40pm. VFW on Franklin Street, down the road from Clinton Tractor.
This workshop for local agricultural producers, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Clinton Tractor, addresses a number of topics focusing on farm profitability and new agricultural technologies. There will be 2.25 NYSDEC pesticide recertification credits available. To preregister call Danielle at 315-404-8423 or Greg at 853-6151 by January 2nd. Space is limited.

NYS Ag Society’s 183rd Agricultural Forum— “Diversification for Success: Strategically Positioning You and Your Business for the Future.”
January 8, 2015.  Holiday Inn, Syracuse/Liverpool, NY.
Finding our niche in production agriculture is a constantly evolving challenge.  Is it time to diversify?  Is value-added vertical integration the way to go?  Independently or a cooperative effort?  Keynote speaker, Dr. David Kohl, will address these questions and more, engaging Forum attendees in a dynamic and informative program.  Professor Emeritus of Agriculture and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Dr. Kohl is known as “The Road Warrior of Agriculture”, having travelled almost 9 million miles and conducting over 6,000 workshops for diverse agricultural audiences throughout his career.  Following his keynote address, Dr. Kohl will moderate a discussion with several New York farmers who have their own unique diversification stories to share. or complete meeting details, visit: To register online, visit:

Who Will Manage Your Farm Tomorrow?
January 13-14, 2015. DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse. 
This conference provides farm families and their advisors critical information for helping the next generation find success on the farm and identifies effective management transfer strategies to implementThe conference key note speaker is Dr. Klinefelter, a Professor and Extension Economist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University and founder and former director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). In addition, Dr. Klinefelter is co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business Program and serves as executive secretary for the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX).

Intensive Farm Business Planning Course.
January 15, 2015, 6-9pm., continuing weekly for 10 weeks. Ithaca, NY.
This Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming class covers all major aspects of the farm business start-up process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. It is also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.  For additional information and registration details please visit

NOFA-NY’s 33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference. 
January 23 to 25, 2015. Saratoga Springs Hilton: 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.
The theme for the conference is “Soil: The Root of the Movement,” and to highlight the importance of soil we are excited that Wes Jackson, founder and President of the Land Institute will be the keynote speaker. The work of the Land Institute is to address the issues of soil loss and degradation, ecosystem destruction, and high energy use associated with agriculture. Our 2015 NOFA-NY Farmers of the Year are Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens. Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens farm 1400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains (wheat, spelt, barley, oats, triticale, heritage grains), dark red kidney beans, and edamame soybeans. They have been farming organically since 1993. Additionally, they own and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, an organic feed and seed business serving the needs of Northeast organic farmers. Find more information and register here.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) /Food Safety Systems Workshop.
January 27-28, 2015. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
This workshop is designed to provide comprehensive instruction on the development of HACCP based food safety programs for dairy operations that should apply to juice and other foods as well.  For Grade “A” Dairy processors, this course will meet the core training requirements of the NCIMS Voluntary HACCP Program. FDA Juice HACCP requirements applicable to operations that process juice will be covered as appropriate. It should also serve as a foundation for the Global Food Safety Initiative’s 3rd party certification schemes such as SQF, BRC & FSSC 22000. Preregister here.  Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. The early registration fee is $500 per person for NY companies and $600 for those out-of-state.

The 7th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference
January 30 & 31, 2015. Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd. (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110.
Featured speakers will include: Neil Dennis, of Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada and Allan Nation, Editor, Stockman Grass Farmer, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, Thomas Kilcer. Advanced Ag Systems, Kinderhook, NY and Jim and Deborah Taylor of Sunny Acres Farm, Athens, NY. Once again this year we will have a Friday evening banquet with local grass-fed beef, pork and lamb. Two scholarships will once again be available through the David Huse Education Scholarship Fund. Registration materials will be available in October 2014. Contact Gale Kohler at 518-765-3500 or or visit our website at for details.

An Introduction to High Tunnels workshop
February 9, 2015. 1-4 PM. Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY.
This stand-alone workshop will be co-taught by Judson Reid, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist and growers Melissa Madden of Good Life Farm and Evangeline Sarat of Sweet Land Farm.  Come early at noon for soup and informal conversation with other growers. In addition, Patrick Barry from USDA NRCS will talk about funding for tunnels. To register for this workshop call Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292 or email There is a $5 charge for this class.

Farmers Market Manager Training Conference
February 19-21, 2014. Ramada Inn in Liverpool.
The conference will focus on farmers markets and building programs and services that maintain connections with the market farmers, consumers, and host communities. Our keynote speakers, Gretchen Wall of the Produce Safety Alliance and John Luker, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will discuss food safety, specifically the Food Safety Modernization Act and current food safety regulations. An evening banquet features Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, talking about building and supporting a local food scene. Each session of the conference builds on the overall theme of maintaining community connections and is designed to help market managers improve their ability to manage their market, advance their market’s potential for long-term sustainability, and promote a marketplace that achieves a mission of supporting local farmers. Get more information at

Winter Webinars on Agricultural Law.
Various dates this winter. 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.

Management Systems to Fit Your Life Workshops.
Various dates.
CCE has planned these workshops for sites in Watertown, Malone, Plattsburgh, and Canton to focus on ways producers can structure their operations to accommodate both their farm business goals and lifestyle. Workshop presentations and discussion will consider how frequently to lamb or kid, growing versus buying feed, how different marketing channels may conflict with off-farm job commitments, and how different management systems impact costs, time and labor requirements. Click here for dates and details.

Year-Round High Tunnels Course.
March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, September 13, October 11, November 8.  Various locations around Ithaca, NY.
Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems.  Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease management, varieties, economics, marketing, and crop-specific practices for tomatoes, greens and fruit. To accommodate changes in daylight hours, our March and April classes will run from 1-4 PM; then from May through November, classes will run from 4-7 PM. Class size is limited so please register early! Full tuition for the Year-Round High Tunnels Course is $435. Tuition assistance is available for those with financial limitations. To register and to apply for tuition assistance contact Find more information at

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