Beef Producers to Discuss Marketing Plans – March 6

Regional beef producers are invited to meet March 6, 2018, 6 p.m. at the new branch office of Farm Credit East, 7397 State Highway 80, in Cooperstown, NY. A panel of buyers and sellers who have participated in earlier Tele-Auctions will discuss future plans of the Central New York Beef Producers’ sales. There will be a live Web-based conference discussion with Scott Baker, Senior Extension Educator in Virginia, who has facilitated similar and evolving sales in his state since 2001.

Reservations for the meeting are encouraged to aid in preparations and notification should inclement weather change plans. Contact the CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties’ office at (607) 547-2536, X 0, or e-mail:

Central New York Beef Producers have conducted four tele-auctions since fall 2015. The concept was introduced in Otsego County in February 2015, when Dr. Mike Baker, Cornell State Extension Beef Specialist, spoke to 35 interested producers in Oneonta. Participation has increased and calf numbers have grown with 109 being sold at the October 2017 sale. Methods have improved with each sale. Sixteen local beef breeders from Otsego and neighboring counties have sold over 200 calves weighing between 450 and 850 pounds to nine different buyers. The next sale is planned for April 13, 2018. Participating producers will need to follow developed vaccination, weaning, castration, dehorning protocols to ensure healthy calves for buyers. A follow-up with buyers from recent sales has established that all of the calves sold have remained healthy and are growing well.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE) provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting CCE prior to the program at 607.547.2536 ext0.

Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference is Feb 23 in Corning

CORNING, NY – This is an open call to local farmers, agricultural producers, farm wineries, breweries and distilleries, as well as restauranteurs, chefs, and distributors. Take advantage of a new and exciting event happening on February 23rd from 8:00am-4:00pm at Corning Community College. The event, Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference, is the first-ever undertaking by Finger Lakes Farm Country (a special collaboration between 10 organizations from Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Yates Counties) in an effort to connect local farms, food and beverage producers with new markets. The conference is intended to be a business-to-business event, and is being sponsored by Taste NY.

The Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference is a chance for local farmers, producers, and businesses to get together, learn about each other’s products, and network. There is also an educational component to the event, as there will be three panel discussions and a keynote speaker (Dr. Sophie Winter, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness from SUNY Cobleskill).
Dr. Winter’s presentation is titled “Developing your Entrepreneurship Potential in Agritourism” and will focus on “best practices for anyone interested in diversifying their farm revenue stream. Welcoming the public on site and adding an extra activity to the operation requires specific considerations for which the entrepreneur will need to plan.”

The panels will consist of experts (including Taste NY representatives, Executive Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Publisher for Edible Finger Lakes, Destination Marketing Directors, Restaurant Managers, etc.) discussing: “The State of Agritourism in the Southern Finger Lakes;” “Being Visitor Ready;” and “Farm-to-Restaurant – Developing connections and building working relationships.”

Local farmers, agribusinesses, producers, farm wineries, farm breweries, farm distilleries, as well as chefs and restauranteurs are encouraged to take advantage of this unique networking opportunity and educational event. There is a registration fee of $50 for anyone wishing to participate in the conference. Registration includes admission, panel discussions, keynote presentation, networking break out sessions, as well as a locally-sourced breakfast, and farm-to-table lunch.

The Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference is the first of two events at CCC presented by the Finger Lakes Farm Country (FLFC) initiative. Following the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference, from 5-8pm the second part of the day Taste FLXpo will take place giving local food lovers a chance to learn about and sample delicious locally-grown food, wine and craft beverages. There will also be a farmer’s market at the Taste FLXpo where the public can purchase locally-sourced food and beverage to take home.

To learn more about the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference or to register, visit or go to


Meat and Greet Farmer & Chef Fair – March 17

Hello All,

Registration for the 2018 Meat & Greet Farmer and Chef Fair is now open! This event showcases Finger Lakes livestock farms, letting your farm connect directly with new customers. Participating farms are given event space to share your farm’s story with the public. Attendees include families, individuals, chefs, and food buyers. Finger Lakes chefs will also be on hand offering cooking demonstrations and food samples from local meat sourced from participating farms.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, March 17 from 10am-2pm at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, NY in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Center. Farms are able to arrive at 9am to set up and are asked to remain for the duration of the event. Each farm will be provided with a 6ft. fold out table to set up as they see fit. Floor electrical outlets are available but farms wishing to use them are encouraged to bring extension cords. At this time we cannot permit sales during the event, but bring all the promotional material for your farm you want! Farms will also be provided with light refreshments, coffee, and water.

Registration is $25 per farm; deadline to register is February 17, 2018. Registration is first come first serve with space for 20 farms so don’t wait to register if you’re interested! Payment can be made by cash or check to Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County, 480 N Main St., Canandaigua, NY and must be received by February 24 to hold your spot. Register online here: or contact Marie Anselm at 585.394.3977 x402.

For farms wishing to sell product for the cooking demonstrations, please indicate so in your registration. Only product processed at a USDA inspected facility will be able to be sold to chefs. Once you have registered, if you have indicated you would like to sell product you will be contacted in a separate email about the selling process for this year’s event.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have regarding this event.

Thank you,

Marie Anselm
Agriculture Economic Development Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County
585.394.3977 ext. 402


Putting Idle Land Back to Work Through Intensively-Managed Livestock Impacts and Silvopasturing Principles

The following article appeared in the on line publication “On Pasture” and was written by Brett Chedzoy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator and Regional Forester.

Throughout most humid regions of the US, the landscape is dotted with old farm fields and pastures that today grow trees and shrubs. In some cases, there are obvious reasons why land was left to revert back to its natural state – too wet, stony or steep. But many of these old field sites also grew back because the farmer no longer had the means or needs to keep the land open. Regardless of the underlying reasons, many of these what now appear to be woodlots (or brushlots, if that’s the image that comes to mind) present ripe opportunity for productive and profitable grazing system expansion – especially when adjacent to existing pasture land, or available in large enough blocks to support a viable grazing operation. Read entire article.

Grazing Cover Crops

by Nancy Glazier, Cornell Cooperative Extension Small Farms Specialist

I think everyone knows (or should know) the value of planting cover crops – soil health, erosion reduction, and nutrient capture. How does rotational grazing fit with cover crops? It can extend the grazing season for livestock producers and provide gain on fresh forage. But, does it save money? It can be an excellent collaboration between a livestock farm and cash crop farm. Read entire article here.