Part-Time Farmer Tax School

January 29, 2019, Part Time Farmer Tax School

CCE of Washington County, Annex 2 Meeting Room, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Cost: $20.00 per person

Register online:, or to register by phone, call 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, of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Capital Area Ag & Hort Program, will be prepared to answer these and other tax related questions for you during this meeting.  Light dinner will be served.

Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update and Growers’ Experiences

Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program are pleased to present Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update and Growers’ Experiences on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at the CCE Albany office at 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY. Local industrial hemp growers will discuss their experiences with growing and marketing this new crop and what they have learned so far.

This meeting is open to anyone interested in industrial hemp.  Chris Logue, Director of Plant Industries, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets will give a regulation update at the meeting.  Larry Smart, Cornell University, will give a hemp research update.  Growers from two local farms (Homestead Hemp and Stone House Farm) will give presentations.  Time will be given to answer questions and share experiences from other local growers

Industrial hemp is an interesting new crop because of its many applications.  Its stem can be used for fiber. The seed, rich in oil and protein, can be used for food. The flowers yield cannabidiol, known as CBD oil, which has wellness benefits. The FDA has approved the first medication with CBD oil as the active ingredient – an anti-seizure treatment for two rare types of epilepsy.

Developing any new crop can be challenging, but industrial hemp presents extra challenges.  Aside from regulations on the production of the crop itself, markets for industrial hemp are still being developed.  The crop itself is sticky – it is covered with hairs – which makes harvest difficult.  Special machinery or modified machinery is needed.  Much research is still required to determine which varieties best grow in our region and the cultural practices that are most successful.

Pre-registration for the meeting is required. The cost $10.00 per person and is due by January 15, 2019.  Please register by January 15, 2019 at: or contact 518-765-3518/email for assistance with registration.

For program questions, contact Aaron Gabriel,, 518-380-1496.

Annie’s Project: Empowering Women in Agriculture – January 8 – February 12, 2019

Empowering farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Why Annie’s Project?

This six-week course is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field.  There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with your presenters and fellow participants.

It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm women.

Tuesday Evenings from 6:00-9:00 PM (Dinner starts at 5:30 PM)
Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186

For more information call 518-765-3518 or e-mail
Please register by January 4, 2019

Register online at
Only $100 for all six sessions!


Annie’s Project Agenda, January 8 – February 12, 2019

January 8 Introduction and Overview

  • Risk Management
  • Getting Started – Am I in Business?
  • Preparation for next session

January 15 • Financial Documents

  • Financial Documents
  • Resources for Your Business

January 22 Human Resources

  • Enterprise Analysis using Ag Decision Maker
  • Farm Business Planning

January 29 Meeting Hiring Obligations

February 5 Insurance Basics

  • Women and Money
  • Estate/Transition Planning

February 12, 2019 Agriculture Panel – in Business

  • Marketing, Pricing & Opportunity Analysis
  • Course Wrap-Up

Back to Back Horticulture Events – 3rd Annual Cut Flower Conference and the Capital District Bedding Plants Conference!

January 7, 2019

3rd Annual Capital Area Cut Flower Conference

January 8, 2019

Capital Area Bedding Plant Conference

Vendors’ Meet & Greet Reception, January 7, 2018

4:30-5:30 PM

Open to participants of both conferences! Come visit with the vendors and meet other growers!

Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St., Troy, NY

3rd Annual Cut Flower Conference
Registration at 8:00 AM
$45.00 paid in advance, $65.00 at the door
Pre-registration is required.
Capital Area Bedding Plants Conference
Registration at 8:00 AM
$45.00 paid in advance, $65.00 at the door
Pre-registration is required.

Lunch and admission to the Vendors’ Meet & Greet Reception are included for both events.

For more information and to see the printable brochure for these events,

For questions, or if you need assistance with registration, call (518)765-3518 or email

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/
Printable brochure with mail-in registration form:

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