Part Time Farmer Tax School Rescheduled to February 26, 2019!

The Part-Time Farmer Tax School meeting that was scheduled for January 29, 2019 has been rescheduled due to snow – so there’s still time to sign up! 

The class will be held on February 26, 2019 at CCE Washington County, from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Full details are below.

February 26, 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:https://tinyurl.com/PartTimeFarmerTax, 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.

Capital District Direct Marketing Conference, February 28, 2019

Have you, as a direct marketer of farm products, seen a change in your sales?  Would you like to learn ways to potentially increase sales? Join us at the Capital District Direct Marketing Conference, to be held on Thursday, February 28 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186.  

The conference begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM, and is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program.

Presentations that will help participants learn how to attract more customers and implement or enhance their point of sale (POS) system will be given by Christopher Wayne, Erik Hassert, and Michael Hurwitz from GrowNYC. 

The morning will be devoted to customer behavior at the market.  What can farmers do to attract more shoppers to their stands? How can farmers actively market their products in and out of farmers markets? How can farmers better understand customer behavior at the market, and how can this information be used to increase customer satisfaction? 

By using customer research performed by grocery stores and large-scale food retailers while building on more than 40 years of institutional knowledge, Conference presenters will share a tool for measuring customer behavior at farmers markets and developing strategies to increase sales and customer satisfaction. Over the past three years, this tool has been used by over 50 producers to implement strategies that successfully increased their sales at market.

During the afternoon session, presenters will talk about POS (point of sale) systems.  As the economy continues moving toward more cashless currency, a POS system will become a necessity. At its most complex, a POS system is a powerful business tool for gathering comprehensive marketing information.

As a farmer, can you:

  • Accurately describe the amount of your average sale?
  • Describe how much a discount increases the gross sales of one of your products?
  • Define what time of day/week/year you make the most gross sales?
  • Name your most/least profitable products?

Many POS systems can provide this information and more. 

Admission to the Capital District Direct Marketing Conference is $30 per person if paid in advance. The admission price at the door is $35 per person. Admission covers meals and materials.

Register online at https://tinyurl.com/RegDirectMarketing. To register by phone, call 518-765-3518. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is collaborating with Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council to offer this direct marketing conference

Pesticide Recertification Day, March 12, 2019

Pesticide Recertification Day will be held at The Century House in Latham, New York on March 12, 2019, 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 have been applied for: 

  • CORE credits
  • Ornamentals & Turf categories 3A, 3B, 3C, 9 and 10
  • Agriculture Plant categories 1A, 1B, 4, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 31
  • Structural & Rodent categories 7A, 7B, 7C, 8, 9, 10 and 23.

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

Registration for Pesticide Recertification Day is mandatory so we can prepare certificates for attendees. We will not be able to take walk-ins for this event. 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 https://tinyurl.com/PesticideRecertDay2019, or call 518-765-3518 or email cce-caahp@cornell.edu for assistance with registration. For a downloadable, printable brochure for mail-in registration: https://tinyurl.com/PRDprintable

General Classes for CORE credit, presented in the morning session, will include New Study Results: Common Pesticide Residues in Rural Homes of New York State, presented by Dr. Jonathan Laquatra, Jr.; Assessing Pesticide Hazard and Risk: Glyphosate, A Case Study with Dan Wixted; 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, Margery Daughtrey and Lindsey Christianson will present Back to Basics: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Ornamental and Turf Plant Pests and Pathogens, Kyle Wickings will cover a diagnostics session of common pests, pathogens and other common problems in turf, including discussing common control tactics.

The Agriculture Plant breakout session features Aaron Gabriel of CAAHP speaking about Basic Biology of Fungi, Bacteria and Viruses and Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYHP discussing Fungicide Resistance Management. Katrin Ayer will present types of fungicides, modes of action and proper use of fungicides based on their modes of action.

The Structural and Rodent breakout session will include Dr. Joellen Lampman’s presentation, Keep Ticks Away! Research shows that the vast majority of people are exposed to ticks at home. This presentation will cover the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten through tick and tick host management. Dr. Changlu Wang will present Understanding and Controlling the German Cockroach, covering cockroach behavior, spatial distribution, insecticide resistance, residents’ attitudes on cockroaches, effective control materials, and integrated pest management strategies. Then Alexander Kleinberger will present a Pest Exclusion Workshop.   Pest exclusion is stopping pests, such as vermin, from entering the indoor environment. Although exclusion is not a new technique, it is one often under-utilized by pest professionals, building maintenance staff, and homeowners who tend to rely on population reduction tactics. Exclusion should be the first defense in any integrated pest management program. 

5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School

The 5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School, which will meet on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Pegasus Restaurant, 10885 Rte 9W, Coxsackie, NY. 

The school’s focus this year is on accessing and developing markets for value-added grains, with topics to include current grain market sectors and their quality requirements, developing direct markets to consumers, developing a grain-processing enterprise, distribution strategies, accessing capital, and marketing tools. 

An extended panel discussion in the morning will feature representatives from the milling, malting, distilling, and feed sectors.  Afternoon sessions will feature presentations by small- and larger-scale grain-processing enterprises. 

This meeting is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN).  Register at https://tinyurl.com/GrainSchool2019 by 5 pm January 29th for $40, or $60 thereafter (registration includes lunch).

Presenters include:

  • Mark Fischer who, with his wife Fran, produces stone-ground wheat and specialty flours (rye, spelt, emmer) and corn meals from grains purchased from local and regional farmers at a restored mill (est. 1730) in Doylestown, PA. Castle Valley Mill (http://castlevalleymill.com/) sells to bakeries and restaurants and to consumers through retail outlets and an on-line store.
  • Scott Morgan (http://morganicsfamilyfarm.com) who grows and processes grain on his organic farm near Hillsborough, NJ, for direct sale to consumers. He currently produces raw rolled oats, wheat, einkorn, and barley and is experimenting with pulses.
  • Brad Estabrooke, of Breuckelen Distilling (https://brkdistilling.com) who has been making craft spirits “from scratch” using New York grown wheat, rye, corn, and barley since 2010.
  • Dennis and Jeanette Nesel, of Hudson Valley Malt (http://www.hudsonvalleymalt.net), an artisan craft malthouse in Germantown, NY, who are passionate about buying only local grains and malting them for local brewers and distillers.
  • Vince Bruno of Bruno Farms Custom Feeds (Hudson, NY), who since 1995 has grown and purchased local grains to make custom feeds for livestock owners in the region.
  • June Russell of GreenMarket/GrowNYC, an expert on value-added grain markets and an innovator in grain distribution.
  • Lauren Melodia of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) who has developed a marketing toolkit for farmers for value-added products.
  • Elizabeth Dyck (OGRIN), an organic researcher specializing in the production, processing, and marketing of value-added grains.

The burgeoning local grain economy provides opportunities for many farmers, e.g., vegetable growers who can now profitably add grains in their rotations to reduce pests and improve yields and dairy farmers looking to diversify into new enterprises.  The 5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School will bring together farmers, entrepreneurs, grain buyers, and consumers to learn and network.

The NE SARE Research and Education grant project Farmer-generated training and equipment solutions for producing and processing value-added grains has helped to fund this event.

Part-Time Farmer Tax School

The Part-Time Farmer Tax School meeting that was scheduled for January 29, 2019 has been rescheduled due to snow – so there’s still time to sign up! 

The class will be held on February 26, 2019 at CCE Washington County, from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Full details are below.

February 26, 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: https://tinyurl.com/PartTimeFarmerTax, 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

As of January 14, 2019, this event is full.

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: https://tinyurl.com/GrowIndustrialHemp or contact 518-765-3518/email caahp-cce@cornell.edu for assistance with registration.

For program questions, contact Aaron Gabriel, adg12@cornell.edu, 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 cce-caahp@cornell.edu.
Please register by January 4, 2019

Register online at https://tinyurl.com/AnniesProj
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, https://tinyurl.com/CF-BPBrochure.

For questions, or if you need assistance with registration, call (518)765-3518 or email cce-caahp@cornell.edu.