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-registered, or $65.00 per person at the door. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and is available online at, or you may contact Tove Ford at (518)765-3518 or 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)

Managing Dairy Manure Systems: Sharing Experiences of Farmers and Engineers

Separating Sand & Solids



Storages Below & Above Ground


Satellite Lagoons 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
9:30 registration, Program 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Greenwich Elks Lodge, 130 Bulson Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834
Early-Bird Registration $50 by January 24, 2018, $65 after January 24, 2018

Curt Gooch, Cornell Pro-Dairy Program
Peter Wright, retired engineer, NRCS
Farmer Panel

Questions & RSVP: Tove Ford (518-765-3518,
Aaron Gabriel (518-380-1496,
Sandy Buxton (518-380-1498,

RSVP and register online:

December 2017 Farmer Discussion Group Meetings

Insect Basics and Estimating Machinery Costs for Better Decision-Making

All Discussion Groups meet from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
This is a FREE event.
Click below to go to a registration page for each event.

Each meeting begins with lunch. Aaron Gabriel will discuss basic insect biology and identification; including practice in using a hand lens to look at insects and how to send photographs using a phone. Then Sandy Buxton will lead a discussion about estimating farm machinery costs to make better decisions about repairing/renting/purchasing machinery.

Questions? Contact Aaron Gabriel at (518)380-1496/ or Sandy Buxton at (518)380-1498/



Second Annual Capital Area Cut Flower Conference

December 1st, 2017, 8:00 am -4:00 pm
Carey Institute Guggenheim Pavilion, 100 Pond Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY
$45.00 per person
To register online:

For more information about the Cut Flower Conference, please contact Lily Calderwood, 518-765-3513 or For assistance with registration, please contact Tove Ford, 518-765-3518 or


8:00 – 8:30 Registration @ Guggenheim Pavilion, Carey Institute

8:45 – 9:30 Carolyn Snell, Cut Flowers on Snell Family Farm, Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Northeast Regional Director located in Buxton, Maine

9:30 – 10:15 Judson Reid, High Tunnel Nutrient Management, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Coffee Break- Please visit the exhibitors! (25 mins)

10:40 – 11:40 Chris Wien and Friends, Dahlia Production, Cornell University, Professor Emeritus and Farm TBD

Visit exhibitors and walk over to lunch (20 mins)

12:00 Lunch @ Carriage House Restaurant

1:00 – 1:45 Bryan Brown, Weed Management on Small Farms, Weed Specialist, NYS IPM

1:45 – 2:30 Lily Calderwood, Lavender and Mint SARE Research Update, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Break- Please visit the exhibitors! (15 mins)

2:45 – 4:00 Farmer to Farmer Panel Discussion

Geared toward beginners, 5 cut flower growers will discuss production, post-harvest, and marketing challenges as well as success stories.

Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up, January 27, 2018

The Capital Area Ag & Hort Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County are pleased to announce our Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up, coming up on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Winter Green-Up 2018 will be held at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, in Latham, New York, 12110.

By popular demand, Winter Green-Up 2018 will be a one-day event. We’re looking forward to great speakers, vendors and the traditional Winter Green-Up lunch – at a great price, $75.00 per person!

Our speakers for Winter Green-Up 2018 include:

  • Brian Maloney is a custom grazer, grass-fed beef and lamb producer, as well as a direct marketer. Brian has been exclusively grazing stock since the early 1990s in western Quebec, where he raises black and red Angus beef. Brian also raises Meadow Veal, nourished on mother’s milk, fresh grass, water and sunshine. Katahdin sheep, an ideal breed for meat, are also part of Brian’s grass-fed stock. The lambs are born in early spring and spend all summer frolicking on grass with their mothers. They are weaned and fed all winter with our highest quality hay and finished with a minimum of 60 days on grass.
  • MacKenzie Waro is the Livestock Processing and Marketing Specialist with the CCE Harvest New York team. MacKenzie works with processors, producers and consumers, helping to identify markets and concepts for marketing of livestock products. She is an HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Lead Instructor, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) for Animal Feeds Lead Instructor, SQF (Safe Quality Foods) Certified, and works with the USDA for cattle grading and carcass grading. MacKenzie is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science along with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science. 
  • Sandra Kay Miller is a grass-based farmer who has been actively raising livestock for over 30 years.  She is the owner and operator of Painted Hand Farm, a diversified livestock farm raising pastured poultry, sheep, goats, pigs and calves which are all direct-marketed in the mid-Atlantic region.

The cost for Winter Green-Up 2018 is $75.00 per person, which includes all events and lunch.

To register online: For questions regarding registration, please contact Tove Ford, or (518)765-3518.

For questions about Winter Green-Up 2018 or if you wish to be a vendor at this event, please contact Hank Bignell,  or (518)649-0267, or Tom Gallagher at or (518)577-0958.

Rooms are being held for Friday and Saturday nights at The Century House for $114 per night. Call The Century House at (518) 785-0931 to reserve. Please mention the Winter Green-Up conference to receive this special rate.

Looking forward to seeing you at Winter Green-Up 2018!