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.

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

Lunch with Jerry: Organic Dairy Discussion Series
March 19, 20, 26, 31, and April 1, 2015. 11am to 2pm. Various locations in NYS.
These discussions are an opportunity for farmers to share what they have tried and learned in the past year, and to make plans and identify goals for 2015. Farmers who are currently certified as well as those thinking of transitioning to organic production are welcome. CCE educator Fay Benson notes that these meetings are an excellent place for farmers who are considering whether organic production is a good fit for their farm to ask questions. Click here for the full event schedule.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
March 21st, 2015. 8:30am-12pm. Reisinger’s Apple Country: 2750 Apple Lane Watkins Glen, NY
Your host is owner/operator Rick Reisinger and guest speakers are John Reynolds of Daring Drake Farm and Hugh Ink of Cornell Orchards. Topics covered will be why proper fruit tree thinning is essential, bud grafting, pruning stone fruits, pears and apples, pruning young to mature trees and general fruit tree care/wildlife control. Pre-registration is required (along with payment) by March 18, 2015. The fee is $20.

Malting Barley Roundtable
March 24, 2015. 11am to 2pm. Tally-Ho Restaurant, 156 Main St (State Route 20) Richfield Springs, NY.
This roundtable discussion is for anyone planning on or thinking about growing malting barley this coming growing season as a chance to meet with others who are considering this crop. In 2014 malting barley fields were monitored around the state last summer for disease and quality. The results of that monitoring program will provide the basis for the discussion. A similar monitoring program will be offered this year so if you are interested please plan to attend. We will also discuss the malting barley variety testing that has occurred to date. Registration and lunch are free but please pre-register by March 20th.

FSA/Wise Women’s Business Center-Beginning Farmer Workshop
March 25th, 2015. 12pm to 1pm. 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Looking for a farm loan? Do you want to start a farming operation or expand an existing one? FSA helps American farmers get started – and keeps them going! Bring your questions, ideas and experiences to the workshop and share with other agricultural minded participants for this informative and open discussion. Please contact or  315-477-6321 with questions.

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference
March 27th and 28th, 2015. Waterloo Holiday Inn in Waterloo, NY
Do you manage or are you planning to open a Brewery, Cidery or Distillery? The first day of this conference will include sessions geared towards starting up a brewery, cidery or distillery and advanced sessions for people managing existing breweries, cideries or distilleries, as well as a trade show and networking session. Register for Day 1 here. The second day will feature production-oriented sessions for beer, cider and distilling and a visit to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Register for Day 2 here.

Northeast Contract Grazing Summit
March 28th, 2015. 9am to 5pm. The Weaver Family Farm  4933 Peterboro Road  Morrisville, NY  13408.
This day-long learning led by current contract graziers, grazing clients, local grass-fed meat and dairy companies, land aggregators and Ag business professionals will help you explore the decisions and considerations to running a contract grazing business. Topics include: what does a client want, pricing strategies, leasing land, grazing management, land/animal people logistics, liability, and simple contracts to name a few. For information and to register, please call Troy Bishopp at the Madison Co SWCD at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110, email him at, or send in your registration to Madison Co. Soil and Water Conservation District  6503 Wes Rd.  Hamilton, N.Y.  13346. Admission is $70 per person.

Poultry School: Raising Pastured Birds for Soil Health and Flavor
March 28-29, 2015. Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY.
Poultry School is a two-day intensive of classroom and hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and forums to explore current issues, methods and technologies in raising pastured poultry including layer-chickens, meat-chickens, turkeys and geese. Program cost is $100. Registration will open on Friday, February 20 at 10:00 am. Please visit the Stone Barns website for more information:

Public Training for Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and Asian Longhorned Beetle Identification and Management
April 8, 2015. 12pm – 4pm. Civil Defense Center, 7220 State Rte 54, Bath NY.
These invasive insects pose a serious threat to our forests and forest industries. Participants will learn how to detect and identify these pests and how to get involved to slow their spread. Please contact Emily Staychock to register for this free event:; 315-536-5123 x4127.

Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association – Spring Plow
April 25, 2015. 10am-4pm. Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord, NY.
Plowing will be done with horses and mules. There will also be an ox demonstration. Vendors are welcome, 10×10 space is $35.00.  There will be live music, good food, pony rides, kids’ games and much more.  Free admission for the public but donations are accepted.

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