Hay Is For Horses: But What Kind?

March 27, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration is required.
Register online at http://bit.ly/2BEfDYs or
contact (518)765-3518/cce-caahp@cornell.edu for assistance. Program questions to Aaron Gabriel, adg12@cornell.edu,
Whether you buy hay or produce hay, you need to understand forage quality and horse nutrient requirements. Not all horses are the same, neither is all hay. Come learn what is needed for horse hay beyond “green and dust free”.
Topics will include:
• Hay assumptions & myths • Forage requirements for horses • “Special needs” horses: EMS, PSSM, PPID • Hay nutrient content: Fiber and sugars • Understanding a forage analysis • Managing hay for desired hay quality • Test your hay judging skills

Pork Cutting For Profitability, March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018, Pork Cutting For Profitability

24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186


$10 Adults, Free for 4-H Youth

To register: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/pork_cutting_201 or contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or cce-caahp@cornell.edu.

Registration deadline is March 6, 2018.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and butcher Emily Peterson to learn how to process a pig to make maximum profit. Through years of custom butchery, retail, and catering experience, Emily has a great handle on how to cut and market your animals to generate the highest profit.

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats, FAMACHA Certification Workshop

March 24, 2018, Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats, FAMACHA Certification Workshop
CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Cost: $20 per farm or family for supplies plus $10 for each person (includes pizza lunch).

Pre-Registration Required – Spaces are Limited!
Register online (you can also pay via PayPal from this link): https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/SheepFAMACHA_210, or call CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties at 518-828-3346 Ext. 209.

Internal parasites (gastro-intestinal worms) are the number one health problem affecting sheep and goats in much of the United States. This workshop is designed to help producers develop integrated parasite management (IPM) programs for their farms. In addition to teaching the basics of internal parasite control, the workshop will provide hands-on training in using the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm), and health exams to determine the need for de-worming. Participants will receive a laminated FAMACHA Guide and other resources to assist with goat and sheep parasite control in the Northeast.

You are encouraged to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets in a baggie from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University and assisted by Hank Bignell, Livestock Specialist, CCE Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program

Recipe For Success, March 20, 2018

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $70 per person.
Register online: http://bit.ly/2AX5x55.
Are you wondering if you’re ready to bring your recipe to market? Do you have a special recipe everyone tells you should bottle and sell? If you are considering launching a specialty food business, this workshop is for you!
Food manufacturers, small-scale processors of specialty foods, and farmers interested in value added processing or anyone interested in starting a small-scale food manufacturing business should attend these upcoming workshops.

Beginning Farmer Workshop, March 17, 2018

Register Online: http://bit.ly/2CV2NXz
For more information, contact Steve Hadcock, seh11@cornell.edu.
$40.00 for one person, two people from the same farm may attend for $60.00. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and then the workshop runs from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Lunch is included
A daylong workshop will help you better understand various aspects of starting a farm.
From attending, you will gain:
  • Ideas on where to get financing to start a farm
  • An understanding of what to look for when assessing potential farm properties
  • Information on how to successfully market and sell products
  • A better understanding of agricultural regulations

Pesticide Recertification Day, March 1, 2018

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program announce their upcoming event, the Capital Region Pesticide Recertification Day. This event will take place at The Century House in Latham, New York on March 1, 2018, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM.

Pesticide Recertification Day is designed to assist pesticide applicators in attaining DEC pesticide credits needed to keep their licenses up to date. The following DEC credits are available:

Credits available:
CORE: 2 credits
Category 10: 1 credit
Category 1a: 0.5 credit
Category 2: 1 credit
Category 25: 1 credit
Category 3a: 1 credit
Category 9: 1 credit
Category 10: 3 credits
Category 2: 1 credit
Category 3A: 3 credits
Category 3b: 2 credits
Category 25: 3 credits
Category 9: 1 credit
Category 10: 3 credits
Category 1a: 3 credits
Category 21: 3 credits
Category 22: 3 credits
Category 23: 3 credits
Category 24: 3 credits
Category 25: 3 credits
Category 7a: 2 credits
Category 7f: 1.5 credits
Category 8: 1.5 credits


The fees are $100.00 per person to attend all day; morning or afternoon classes only will be $85.00 per person. Payment for this event is required in advance. Lunch is included in all fees.

Registration for Pesticide Recertification Day is mandatory. Credits will not be awarded if a pesticide certification number is not provided in advance. It is also required that you present your pesticide license at the event. Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/2B85gsV, or contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or cce-caahp@cornell.edu for assistance with registration.

General Classes for CORE credit, presented in the morning session, will include Wild and Honey Bee Biology & Health, presented by Maria van Dyke of Cornell University; Invasive Pests, Oh My! with Margaret Kelley from NYS Ag & Markets; and DEC Update, given by Mark Solan from NYSDEC Bureau of Pest Management.

In the afternoon, participants have a choice of three breakout sessions: Ornamentals and Turf, Agriculture Plant and Structural and Rodent, where they may gain additional pesticide credits in these specific categories.

During the Ornamentals and Turf breakout session, Joellen Lampman of the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program will present Keep Ticks Away!, David Chinery from Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County will give a Turfgrass Pest Update, and Brian Eshenaur from the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program will present Landscape Pest Management Updates.

The Agriculture Plant breakout session features Aaron Gabriel of CAAHP speaking about Basic Insect Biology and Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYHP discussing Insecticide Resistance Management. Both Aaron and Laura will present Field Crop, Fruit, and Vegetable Insects: Identification and Control.

The Structural and Rodent breakout session includes Matt Frye and Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, of the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program who will be presenting a Structural IPM Short Course including: Basic ID, Biting and Stinging Insects, Occasional Invaders, Food Pests, Wood-destroying Insects and Pantry/Fabric Pests.

Part-Time Farmer Tax School

Cost: $20.00 per person
Register online: http://bit.ly/2nDuJrV, or to register by phone, call Tove Ford at 518-765-3518.

Do you have any of these questions: 

  • How much farm income do I need to deduct it on my taxes?
  • What form(s) do I need to complete?
  • What, if any, tax management strategy should I have for my farm business?

Sandy Buxton and Steve Hadcock will be prepared to answer these and other tax related questions for you during this meeting. Light dinner will be served.

Farm Transition to the Next Generation, ‘Managing for Today and Tomorrow’, A Course for Farm Women

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program and the Agricultural Stewardship Association announce their upcoming event, Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a five session workshop for farm women.

A participant in the 2015 Managing Today and Tomorrow workshops said: “I learned a lot about the process and communication issues, but the best part was meeting each week to talk to other women who had similar issues and concerns.”

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by the CCE Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program (CAAHP) and the Agricultural Stewardship Association.  The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, will be held on 5 consecutive Saturdays beginning on January 27th, 2018.  This workshop series will be held at Victor Lodge, 1535 NY Rte. 67, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 (opposite Hoosick Valley Central School).

The cost is $100 per person, which includes a workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities and a meal.  The course will start each week at 9:30 AM, finishing at 2:00 PM.  Course size is limited, so please register soon.  A grant has been applied for to reimburse up to 20 participants their full registration fee.

Farm women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from Extension Educators and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Eastern NY,”  Sandy Buxton, Senior Resource Educator with CAAHP said, “This farm transition course is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. We limit the size of the class to make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and get questions answered.”

Farm women may register online at: http://bit.ly/MTT_ENY. You may also register by contacting Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or cce-caahp@cornell.edu.  For more information, contact Steve Hadcock or Sandy Buxton.  Steve can be reached at 518-380-1497 or seh11@cornell.edu.  Sandy can be reached at 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

Capturing Money Using QuickBooks: Basic Course in the Use of QuickBooks for Farmers

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop, Capturing Money Using QuickBooks.

There is still time to register for a three-session workshop on using QuickBooks on your farm. This workshop series is designed and targeted to those that have little or no knowledge of using QuickBooks. After taking this workshop, you will have a beginning working knowledge of this useful computer program, will be able to set up a chart of accounts, know how to automate the recording of receipts and expenses and to generate useful financial reports to monitor and track your business. 

Participants who successfully complete the workshop series will receive up to $150 that can be used to purchase QuickBooks software or to pay for the online subscription.

A case farm will be used as an example throughout the class to give you a sense of how to use QuickBooks in your own business.  

The dates of the class are:  January 10, 17 & 24 (January 31 being held as a snow date).   The class will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds Administration Building, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834.  Each session will begin at 12:30 and conclude at 3:00 P.M.   

Those who attend are encouraged to come half an hour early and bring something to eat if they wish.  Sandy Buxton and Steve Hadcock will be there to answer questions you might have relative to using QuickBooks.

The cost is $50 per farm for up to two people.   Space is limited.  Can register online at:  http://bit.ly/CAAHPQB.  You can also register by contacting Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or at cce-caahp@cornell.edu.

Capital Region Bedding Plant Conference

January 11, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180

To see and download the Capital Region Bedding Plant Conference brochure: 


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and The Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program announce their upcoming event, the annual Capital Region Bedding Plant Conference, to be held on January 11, 2018, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A series of presentations will include greenhouse pest and disease management and control, plant root zone monitoring and minimizing the impact of horticultural pesticides on wild and domesticated bees. Vendors will be available for conference participants to visit at several points during the day.

The Capital Region Bedding Plant Conference has been well-attended and popular with nurserymen, greenhouse operators and other horticulture professionals in past years and promises to be so again this year! This will be the first year the conference is held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Troy, NY.

Admission to the Bedding Plant Conference is $45.00 per person if pre-paid, or $65.00 per person at the door. Pre-registration is required and is available online at http://bit.ly/2zPAzaY, or you may contact Tove Ford at (518)765-3518 or cce-caahp@cornell.edu for assistance with registration. Lunch is provided at no additional cost.

4.0 DEC pesticide credits have been applied for. If you should wish to apply for pesticide credits for your pesticide certification, please provide your certification number when registering for the Capital Region Bedding Plant Conference.


 8:00 – 8:30 Registration @ Hilton Garden Inn

 8:30 – 9:30 Brian Eshenaur, Greenhouse Disease Management Update, NYS IPM Cornell University

 9:30- 10:30 Anna Giesmann, Using Insect-Killing Nematodes for Greenhouse Biocontrol, Cornell University Graduate Student

10:50 – 11:50 Dr. Elizabeth Lamb, Mixing It Up: Using Biological Control in Mixed Ornamental and Vegetable Greenhouses, NYS IPM Cornell University

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Neil Mattson, Plant Root Zone Monitoring for Healthier Plants, Cornell University

2:15-3:15 Maria van Dyke, Wild Bee and Honey Bee Biology & Health: How to Minimize Impacts of Pesticides to Bees, Cornell University (Native Bee Systematics and Ecology Lab)