February 11 & 25, 2014. 6:00 PM– 8:00 PM. Grassfed Video Series. Tioga County Cooperative Ext. 56 Main St, Owego NY. Area livestock producers are invited to hear from experts on how to enhance the soil, plant, animal, and human health that grazing provides. During each meeting, a light dinner will be served while watching the video, followed by discussion amongst those present. To RSVP contact Sharon VanDeuson at 607-753-5078 email@example.com or for more information contact Fay Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25, 2014. 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Step It Up in 2014 Grazing Conference. CCE Orleans County, Trolley Building, 12690 NYS Route 31, Albion. Keynote Speaker June Grabemeyer will present “Economic Benefits of Correcting Soil Health in Pastures”. There will be a farmer panel with beef and dairy farmers that will focus on pasture management practices. Other topics to be addressed at the conference are: Extending the Grazing Season; The Latest in Fodder Research; Crop Insurance Options For Your Farm; Tools for Pasture Recordkeeping. Please contact Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040 x138 or email@example.com to register. A flyer and registration form is available at www.nwnyteam.org. For questions contact Nancy Glazier at 585-315-7746 firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25, 2013. 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM. CCE Crop Symposium. Steuben County Civil Defense Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath. Topics: Soybean diseases & pests and Understanding the differences between restricted and unrestricted pesticides. NYS-DEC pesticide recertification credits pending in categories 1a, 10, 21, and 23. RSVP’s appreciated; contact CCE-Steuben at 607-664-2300 or email email@example.com. $15.00 per person, lunch provided.
February 26, 2014. “Vegetable Farming – From Season-long Care to Market” Online Course. This 6-week online course features both live webinars and readings and discussion forums on your own time. Content is aimed at new vegetable growers and those still in the planning stages of their farm. While it’s designed to follow “BF 120: Vegetable Farming – From Planning to Planting”, it’s not essential to take that course first. Course runs Feb. 26 to Apr 2, with webinars on Wed. evenings from 7-8:30 Eastern time. Registration is $200. Visit the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project website to register or learn more about what will be covered in “BF 121: Vegetable Farming – From Season-long Care to Market”.
February 27, 2014. 9:00 AM- 4:30 PM. Tune Up Your Farm Business and Increase Net Profits with Richard Wiswall. Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is hosting a special all-day workshop with Vermont farmer and author Richard Wiswall, in-person in Canandaigua, NY on February 27, 2014. In this workshop, Richard will explain how to find your farm’s actual profit centers – which parts of your farm make the most money and which actually lose money. Learn how to unveil hard truths about your farm, effectively organize your office, read financial statements critically, enhance employee performance, and practice top financial tips for success. This all day financial sustainability workshop will be part lecture, part group work sessions, and part demonstration. Fee: $35.00 per person. Class fee includes the full course, lunch, and handouts. Please register by February 20, 2014. To register or for additional information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.
February 27-28, 2014. 8:30 AM-3:00 PM. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshops. Steuben County, TBA Bath. For more information and updates: Registration info will be up approximately 4-6 weeks before the workshops. For more info, contact Craig Kahlke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 735-5448.
February 28, 2014. 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. 2014 Jefferson / Lewis / NNY Dairy Grazing School. Elks Club, 511 Fulton Street, Carthage, NY - An educational program to improve grazing practices for all pasture based dairies: Organic and conventional. Featured speaker: Karen Hoffman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Topics to include Mineral Supplementation in the Grazing Cow Herd; Assessment of herd health on grazing dairy farms; Nutritional considerations for grazing young stock; Agronomics (Your choice – let us know). Pre-register by February 18th. To Pre-register or more information please contact: Ron Kuck – Jefferson CCE (315)-788-8450 email@example.com or Terri Taraska-Lewis CCE (315)-376-6270, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ccejefferson.org or www.facebook.com/ccejefferson.
March 2014. 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM. Hay, Balage, and Forage Quality Workshop Series. Various locations. Learn to better manage your hay crop for quality and value with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new farmer, this class is for you! A two-session in-depth school on producing and marketing hay and balage; and feeding forage to beef, sheep, goats, horses, and alpaca to maximize livestock performance. Specific locations and dates can be found here.
March 5, 2014. 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. 2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference. Judd Gymnasium, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT - This year, we will be looking at “resiliency” as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy. View our Conference Brochure here for details. Keynote speakers include Drs. Silvia Abel-Caines of Organic Valley/CROPP; Fred Magdoff, UVM emeritus professor; and Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems. We will also include our popular research updates – with a focus on soil and forage quality projects – and our farmer panel. Sponsored by UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program and NOFA-VT’s Organic Dairy and Technical Assistance program. You can register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy or by completing the registration form on the brochure and mailing it in.
March 7, 2014. NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference. Holiday Inn, Auburn -The keynote speaker will be Gary Zimmer, farmer, author, agri-businessman and educator dedicated to biological agriculture. Recognized around the world for his commitment to improving farming through building healthy soils, Gary has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across the United States and in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Korea, and South Africa. More information about Gary’s work and other conference details are available at http://www.nofany.org/dairyconference.
March 7, 2014. 8:00 AM– 4:45 PM. Brewing Science & Technology Workshop. Jordan Hall Auditorium, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 W. North St., Geneva, NY 14456. This short course includes information about barley and malt, hops, brewing water, adjuncts, brewhouse operations, brewing yeast and brewery fermentations, maturation, finishing and beer styles. It is designed to be appropriate for people who work in commercial breweries, are home brewers or simply interested in the brewing process. Some science background is helpful. Cost: $150 (includes meals and handouts). Registration and payment (by credit card) can be accomplished on-line. For more information: http://blogs.cornell.edu/brewing/training/workshop/.
March 7- 8, 2014. New York Agri-Women Conference. Sprout Creek Farm, 34 Lauer Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. The New York Agri-Women organization will host a Leadership and Marketing Retreat for members and non-members. Women involved in Agriculture and interested in expanding their network and developing the necessary skills to better market themselves and their business are encouraged to attend. Find out more about the AgriWomenCnference. here
March 10-11, 12-13 & 25-26, 2014. 9:00 AM- 4:30 PM. Organic Pesticide Applicator Training for Fruit and Vegetable Growers. Various locations. Many pesticide application topic will be covered, including how to choose the right sprayer equipment, the pesticide decision making process, navigating pesticide rules and regulations, and much more! There is a $65 registration fee. For more information and registration contact Emily Cook at email@example.com or visit http://www.cceulster.org/2014%20Organic%20Pesticide%20Applicator%20Trainings.pdf.
March 13, 2014 & March 20, 2014. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. “Grassfed Rising” – Promoting Health from the Soil Up. Chemung County Fairgrounds, 170 Fairview Rd., Horseheads – The Dairy and Livestock Educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension of South Central NY Area Ag Teams are teaming up to put on a series of meetings to promote Grassfed Livestock Production in Central New York. The meetings will start with producers enjoying a light meal of grassfed meat while they watch a video of selected speakers from this year’s Grassfed Exchange Conference in Bismark, ND. Speakers include Dr. Allen Williams on “State of the Grass Fed Industry”, Neil Dennis on “Utilizing High Stock Density to Improve Soil Health”, and many others. After the video we will have a discussion on participant’s plans and experience to promote Grassfed production in New York. There will also be a short presentation on Risk Management for Hay and Pastures. To RSVP contact Sharon VanDeuson at 607-753-5078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 14, 2014. 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM. On-Farm Poultry Processing. Wild Geese Farm, Rushford, NY. This workshop will provide hands-on experience in the processing of birds. Demonstration will cover proper technique for dressing poultry and review requirements for selling poultry under the 1000 bird exemption in NYS. Workshop participants will learn to recognize diseases of public health concern, take basic biosecurity measures, write and implement basic Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures, develop Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans, and properly dispose of offal and wastewater.
April 2, 2014. 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM. Raising Beef Cattle 101 Workshop. Tully Free Library, 12 State Street ,Tully, NY 13159. This workshop will cover terminology, breed selection, nutritional requirements, housing requirements, marketing and more! You can gain information on how to get started, how to care for the animals as well as what the market demands are for your product. This is a wonderful opportunity to make connections to get you moving in the right direction. Whether you’re a new farmer, looking to start a farm, or raise for your own consumption, you’ll be able to take away helpful information. Experts will be on hand to answer any of the questions you might have regarding starting your own beef herd. For more information, visit https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Beef101Workshop_231 or contact Erin Hull at email@example.com or 315-424-9485 ext. 224.
April 9, 2014. 8:30 AM. Free Day Exploring Oxen. Spring Meadows Farm, 9578 Rt. 549, Millerton PA 16936. The morning will be spent exploring the potential of oxen and seeing the tasks that oxen do on the farm. The afternoon will be spent discussing what is involved in learning to drive and care for oxen. For more information, please call 570-537-2128 or visit http://springmeadowsfarm.wordpress.com/. Space is limited.