New Resource Page – Becoming a Certified Pesticide Applicator in New York State

Applying for a pesticide applicator’s license can be confusing. Sometimes people don’t know where to start looking for information.

CAAHP’s Senior Commercial Ornamental Horticulture Educator, Lindsey Christianson, has written a resource page, showing would-be applicants where and how to find the information they need to start the application process for a pesticide applicator’s license.

Becoming a Certified Pesticide Applicator in New York State

Upcoming Event – Animal Regulation Issues for Local Governments, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019, Animal Regulation Issues for Local Governments
At multiple locations, see below for specific addresses.
6:30 – 8:30 pm

$10 per person. Pre-registration and payment in advance are required. Class size is limited though a minimum number of participants are needed.
To register:
More information, contact Sandy Buxton at 518-380-1498 or contact 518-765-3518/

This 2 hour multi-site WEBCAST meeting will provide information and resources available to local governments as they investigate issues related to enacting regulations for agriculture and animal owner-ship. With urban farming trends and more consumers concerned about their food sources, animals have infiltrated into village lots and beyond.

This class will be broadcast to 4 different locations, serving as a valuable springboard to local governments gathering knowledge and information.

CCE-Albany Co., 24 Martin Rd, Voorheesville, NY
CCE-Columbia-Greene Co., 479 St. Rte 66, Hudson, NY
CCE-Rensselaer Co., 61 State St, Troy, NY
CCE-Washington Co. Meeting Room, Annex 2, 411 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY

Summer Beef Production and Marketing Series

Join us for one or all of the Summer Beef Production and Marketing Series!  How does our region of New York State fit into the overall picture of beef production?  How can you improve production and make sure you are marketing into the right channels?  Join us to learn more from experienced producers and beef experts from a cross-section of the industry. 


Backgrounding Beef Cattle

Backgrounding Beef Cattle will be held on June 13, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm at the CN Tomell Cattle Company, 142 Rock Road, Berne, NY 12023.  Nick Tommell and his family do an excellent job sourcing cattle from across NYS, backgrounding them, and finishing them in western feedlots.  Mike Baker, the Cornell University Beef Specialist, will also present on backgrounding in NYS and opportunities. 

To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by June 11, 2019.  Register online at

Registration at the door is $15 per person. If you would like to register by phone or have questions, please contact (518) 765-3518 or

FSA Borrower Training Credits are approved for this class.

All about Stockers

All about Stockers will be held on July 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Diamond Hills Farm, 80 Angus Lane, Hudson, NY 12534.  Are you interested in purchasing a group of cattle in the spring, feeding them all summer, and selling them in the fall?  Join us to learn key points to consider for healthy animals and profitability.  Presenters include Jason Detzel, Ulster County Senior Resource Livestock Educator and owner of Diamond Hills Farm, and Mike Baker, the Cornell University Beef Specialist.   

To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by July 9, 2019. Register online at

Registration at the door is $15 per person. If you would like to register by phone or have questions, please contact (518) 765-3518 or

FSA Borrower Training Credits are approved for this class.

Seedstock Beef Production

Seedstock Beef Production will be held August 9, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Trowbridge Farms, 1192 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075.  Well known nationwide for their high quality animals, join Phil Trowbridge and family to learn the ins and outs of selling elite genetics, which include heifer calves, cows, bulls, embryo packages, and more.  We will also be joined by the staff from New York State Agriculture and Markets to discuss the new regulations on tagging and identification of cattle. 

To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by August 7, 2019. Register online at

Registration at the door is $15 per person. If you would like to register by phone or have questions, please contact (518) 765-3518 or

FSA Borrower Training Credits are approved for this class.

Cow Calf Production and the Freezer Trade

Cow Calf Production and the Freezer Trade will be held on September 12, 2019 at Tilldale Farms, 22 Tilley Lane, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 from 6:00-8:00pm.  The Tilley family has transitioned from a dairy to multi-species livestock farm, selling meat directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and retail shops.  The farm focuses on grass-fed Red Devon Cattle, as well as poultry and pork production.   We will also be joined by Steve Hadcock, Beginning Farmer and Market Development Educator and staff from New York State Agriculture and Markets to discuss the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program.   

To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by September 10, 2019.  Register online at

Registration at the door is $15 per person. If you would like to register by phone or have questions, please contact (518) 765-3518 or

FSA Borrower Training Credits are approved for this class.

Llama and Alpaca Parasite Management Workshop, May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019, Llama and Alpaca Parasite Management Workshop
To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by May 14, 2019. Registration at the door is $15 per person. Register online at
or contact (518) 765-3518 or
Learn how to keep your camelids healthy, happy, and free from parasites!  In addition to the farmers of Sweet and Savory Farmette, our guest speaker Emaly Leak of Autumn Hill Llamas and Fiber, will guide us through ways to prevent parasites through management, how to tell if our llamas or alpacas have parasites, how to run your own fecal analysis with a microscope, and strategies to treat your animals if they do have parasites. 

Second Annual Spring Turn Out Grazier Meeting, May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019, Second Annual Spring Turn Out Grazier Meeting 
1:00-4:30 pm.

To take advantage of the early registration price of $10, please register by April 29th, 2019. Registration at the door is $15 per person. 

For your convenience, you can register online at or contact (518) 765-3518 or

FSA Borrower Training Credits are approved for this class.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and St. Croix Farm (14 Ridge Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185) on May 1st, 2019 from 1:00-4:30pm for the Second Annual Spring Turn Out Grazier Meeting! With a full schedule of speakers, you are sure to find new information that you can put to use on your farm. 
At this meeting you will learn:
  • How beef production in our region of NYS fits into the overall landscape of beef in both the state and country
  • Baleage production and use on your farm 
  • Prevention and control of internal parasites in cattle and small ruminants
  • Pasture fly control strategies for all livestock
  • Basics of direct marketing your products online and in person
Speakers will include Mike Baker, Cornell University Beef Specialist; Steve Hadcock, Agricultural Entrepreneur and Market Development Educator; Aaron Gabriel, Soils and Crops Educator; Ashley Pierce, Commercial Livestock Educator; and Ken Wise, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program Educator.

Getting Started with Poultry, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019, Getting Started with Poultry
6:00-7:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person if you register and pay by April 16, 2019. $15 per person at the door.
Register by phone at (518) 765-3518 or email

Are you interested in raising chickens, turkey, ducks, or other species of poultry? Join us to learn more about the basics to help you get started. Topics will include where to get your birds, species and breeds, animal care and handling, health, and products from your birds. 

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:, 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 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, or call 518-765-3518 or email for assistance with registration. For a downloadable, printable brochure for mail-in registration:

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 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 ( sells to bakeries and restaurants and to consumers through retail outlets and an on-line store.
  • Scott Morgan ( 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 ( 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 (, 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.