Winter Green-Up 2019!

January 26, 2019, Eleventh Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference
The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fee: $75.00 per person

To register online:
To register by phone/email: (518)765-3518/

Come join us at our eleventh Winter Green-Up, the Capital District’s original grazing conference! Hear talks from grazing experts, get to know other farmers and enjoy the traditional Winter Green-Up buffet luncheon, featuring grass-fed locally grown meats and other local products.

Winter Green-Up Speakers

Ridge Shinn, CEO of Big Picture Beef
Ridge Shinn founded Big Picture Beef in 2016. His work with cattle goes back to his twenties, when he was herdsman for a dairy farm, but for the past 20 years he has focused on beef. Ridge was the founding director of the New England Livestock Alliance and for two years ran a slaughterhouse in Stafford Springs, CT. 
In 2002 he submitted a grass-fed filet mignon to a Wine Spectator competition. This entry triumphed over the grain-fed entries, establishing that grass-fed beef can be a gourmet food. Subsequently Ridge co-founded a meat company and developed markets and distribution systems for grass-fed beef throughout the Northeast.
Since then, in addition to managing his own herd, Ridge has consulted in New Zealand, England, Uruguay, Argentina, and all over North America. His work has been recognized in Smithsonian, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Time Magazine.
Marc Cesario, Meeting Place Pastures
Marc and Cheryl Cesario own and operate Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, Vermont. Both landless, first generation farmers, they have grown their operation to manage 820, mostly rented, acres of primarily perennial pasture.
While owning a small flock of certified organic hens and Katahdin sheep, their primary enterprise is selling their grass through contract grazing, grass finishing and boarding.
Although much of the stock is raised under contract and not owned, they have the ability to market much of the finished beef under the name Cornwall Cattle Company.
Initially these markets were mostly direct to consumer but have increasingly moved to wholesale and institutional buyers.
Marc and Cheryl are passionate about harvesting sunlight and getting it into the marketplace.
Greg Brann, Resource Regeneration Services
Greg Brann is the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee and has almost forty years of experience with that Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Greg has been a Certified Crop Advisor through 2013 and was National Grazing Conservationist of the year in 2014. He has also produced numerous presentations, fact sheets and publications during his career.
Greg has hosted an annual pasture walk on his farm for the past eighteen years, where participants can learn his methods of pasturing beef cows, stocker calves and hair sheep.
Greg also raises donkeys and dogs for guardian animals and has produced meat goats in the past. Timber woodland management and Christmas tree production, as well as native grass management on CREP land for wildlife are among Greg’s accomplishments.


Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference 2019

8:00 – 9:00:  Registration, vendor booths open

9:00 – 9:45:  Greg Brann, Resource Regeneration Services
Multi-Species Grazing and Stocking Rate

9:45 – 10:15: Jason Detzel, Livestock Educator CCE Ulster County
Can Stocker Operations Be Profitable in the Northeast?

10:15 – 10:45: Break and vendor presentations

10:45 – 12:00: Marc Cesario, Meeting Place Pastures, Cornwall, VT
Harvesting Sunlight and Getting It Into the Market Place

12:00 – 1:30: Locally sourced lunch and visit with vendors and other producers

1:30 – 2:30: Ridge Shinn, CEO Big Picture Beef
Creating Market Opportunity by Producing Quality Grass-Finished Beef at Scale

2:30 – 2:45: Stretch break and recognition of David Huse Scholarship winners.

2:45 – 3:30: Greg Brann, Resource Regeneration Services
Water System and Fence Layout and the Value of Hay vs. Putting Up Fences

3:30 – 4:15: Audience participation and interaction with speakers

4:15: Adjourn

Basic Farm Finance Workshops – Four Sessions in Four Counties

Dates and Locations listed below.
Price: $15 for the first person from a business/farm, $5 for each additional person.
Pre-registration is required as class size is limited, though a minimum number of participants are needed for each session. Please click on the link to the class you want to attend below to register online.
FSA Borrower Training Credit approved.

Looking to brush up on your accounting skills?

Is it finally time to learn more about your farm’s finances?


Basic Farm Finance covers the essentials of farm finance, from bookkeeping for tax needs to records for management. This program is for any size operation, and anyone looking for a solid knowledge base of farm finance and related topics.
Classes are held throughout our region so participants can attend this opportunity to delve into information and resources that position owners for success.
Click on the link for the session you would like to attend to register online:
Greene County Session:
Columbia County Session:
Rensselaer County Session:
Washington County Session:

Temporary Hourly Position- Field Biology Technician

Start Date: September, 2018, 10 week term, $16/hr

Location: Capital Region – based in Voorheesville

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately until all positions are filled.

Employer: The NY State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Job Description:

Primary duties include, but are not limited to, tick surveillance in Albany and surrounding counties. This will involve driving to field sites (mainly schools and parks), communicating with on-site staff as needed and collection of ticks and environmental data in the field. 

  • Perform tick and environmental monitoring tasks: 
  • Accurately record date, time, location, label vials
  • Take measurements of temperature and moisture, humidity
  • Use drag mat to search for and collect ticks, remove ticks from mat and store in vials
  • Identify and sort tick specimens
  • Organize and prepare specimens to be mailed to Cornell University for testing
  • Protect from tick bites by wearing appropriate clothing and repellents
  • Assemble tick removal kits on days when tick collecting weather is not good (rain)


Applicants must have a driver’s license and car available to them for the duration of work. Mileage will be reimbursed. Applicants must have the ability to walk long distances on a daily basis and be willing to encounter ticks/mosquitoes/unfavorable weather conditions, while taking precautions to avoid bites. Applicants must be very dependable and have the ability to work independently and productively with minimal daily supervision. Training, supervision and PPE will be provided. 

No relocation assistance is provided and no visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Send resume and three professional references to Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann

Upcoming Event: 2018 Fall Roundup Grazier Meeting: Extending the Grazing Season for Livestock

2018 Fall Roundup Grazier Meeting:  Extending the Grazing Season for Livestock

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany and Ulster Counties are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Fall Roundup Grazier Meeting, presented by CCE Educators Jason Detzel and Aaron Gabriel.

This meeting will address how to reduce production costs by extending the grazing season for livestock into the winter. Fall Roundup will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Diamond Hills Farm, 80 Angus Lane, Hudson, NY.  Pre-registration is required and a fee of $10.00 per person is requested by October 30, 2018.

Please register online at, or send checks to:

CCE Albany County, CAAHP, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

For assistance with registration, email or call 518-765-3518.  For program questions, contact Aaron Gabriel, 518-380-1496, or Jason Detzel, 518-567-4506,

Feeding livestock is a major production expense and maintaining livestock performance during the winter is a challenge.  Often livestock have high nutritional requirements during the winter, for example, grass-finished beef, flushing ewes to get multiple births, or just to have livestock gain weight. There are several ways to extend the grazing season right into the winter, even in the Hudson Valley and further north.

Come to this workshop to learn about the appropriate crops for winter grazing, how to grow them, how to take samples for forage quality testing and how to manage fences and livestock during the winter months.  Bring your questions about winter livestock management to wind up the discussion.  Dress for the weather.  We will walk pastures and continue our discussion in an un-heated barn. There are no bathroom facilities available.

Employment Opportunity with CAAHP: Senior Resource Educator, Livestock – Troy, NY

Senior Resource Educator, Livestock – Troy, NY

​​CCE of Albany County is seeking full time educator to serve as a team member on the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program (CAAHP) team, which serves Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Washington Counties.

The educator plans, designs, implements and evaluates educational and applied research programs for livestock producers including (but not limited to): beef, sheep and swine production. Identify emerging areas in the livestock industry and address high priority emerging areas (examples of emerging areas could include aspects of alternative fiber production such as llama and alpaca farming).   Conduct Extension education programs utilizing a variety of informal education methodologies. Make connections between Cornell and other land grant/research institutions and livestock producers in the six-county region.   Utilize a commodity program development committee comprised of diverse individuals from the region to set the direction of educational and applied research programs and to focus the impact of the educator.  The educator holding this position will also assist with the design and implementation of the advisory structure for the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. Develop alternate areas of expertise based on program needs in the region, interest, and abilities. Provide regional leadership and technical backup in one of the following areas: outreach and media contact; water quality relative to livestock production, animal welfare, food safety or other areas as defined by the management team. This position will require the use of multiple delivery methods and the individual employed must have the ability to manage multiple projects.

Required qualifications include but are not limited to the following: Master’s Degree in a field appropriate to the position including animal husbandry and a minimum of two years progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional experience in education in an academic or industry setting. Demonstrated ability to develop, initiate, implement, teach, and evaluate informal adult and youth educational programs to address diverse audiences.

All applications must be received on-line by September 27, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs. To apply and for further details:–Troy–NY_WDR-00016332

This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $50,000 annually. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including: 21 Vacation days, 12 Sick days and 3 Personal days annually – plenty of time for work/life balance, 12 Paid Holidays annually, NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance), NYS Retirement and much more. This position is employed by CCE of Albany County, but works out of CCE of Rensselaer County in Troy, NY.

NYS Capital Region – a great place to live & work.

Located in the upper Hudson Valley, the Capital District of New York State is within a few hours’ drive of New York City, Boston and Montreal.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State.  Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.  Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.