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September 28, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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Cover Crop Workshop and Tour 11/15/12

Registration 9:15 am – 9:45 am

Tour of cc demo at Big Flats PMC 9:45 am – 11:15 am

Travel to Town Hall 11:15 am – 11:30 am

Speakers 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speakers 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Ray Archuleta – East National Technology Center, Conservation Agronomist; Soil Quality, Health, Biology and Cover Crops. Reduction of Chemical Inputs through Soil Health.

Quirine Ketterings – Cornell University Dept. of Animal Science, Associate Professor, Nutrient Management Spear Program; Winter-Forage Small Grains to Boost Feed Supply: From Cover Crop to Double Crop

Klaas Martens Organic Grain and Cover Crop Seed Producer Penn Yan, NY; On Farm Cover Crop Research and Development.

Charlie White – Penn State University, Extension Specialist; Cover Crop Combinations of Fava Bean, Red Clover and Triticale, Review Plots at Big Flats PMC and Discuss Plots at Penn State and other On-Farm Research in Pennsylvania.

Aaron Ristow – Agriculture Coordinator, Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC); Cover Cropping within the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Framework.

Paul Salon – USDA-NRCS, Plant Materials Specialist. Tour of Cover Crop Demonstration Plots, which includes a Time of Planting Demo with over 80 plots (species, varieties or mixes)with some seeded at several seeding dates.

There may be a (to be confirmed) demonstration of an innovative, no-till inter-row cover crop seeder from Penn. State. Supported by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant.

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*To register, click on the link below or copy and paste the URL and scroll down to register button:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ex5qzeab&oeidk=a07e6elpb3817b400b3

*For additional information contact paul.salon@ny.usda.gov or by calling 607-562-8404. There will be a morning field tour. Let us know if you have special needs. Please bring $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch. 4.00 CCA and PA NM credits available

Directions: Take Route 17 (I 86) to Exit 48 (East Corning/Route 352). Follow Route 352 east for 1.5 miles. PMC entrance is on the left. To Town Hall/Municipal Campus – Route 17 (I86) Exit 49 go south on Bridge St., Make left at “T” onto Maple St., go .4 miles- BF Municipal Campus is on right.

Hosted by the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program in cooperation with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Empire State Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

 

September 28, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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CCE Lewis County and NNY Weekly Crop Update – Week of September 24, 2012

Soybean vein necrosis virus.

The Lewis County and NNY Weekly Crop Update for the week of September 24, 2012 can now be found on the web at: http://www.ccenny.com/index.php/field-crops/growing-season-updates/.

In this issue:

  1. Weather Outlook
  2. Winter Grain Crop Planting
  3. Pictures of the Week
  4. Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
  5. Dates to Remember
  6. Weather Data

September 28, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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Capital Area Ag & Hort e-Newsletter – September 28, 2012

For those who are interested in obtaining much more immediate communication with the CAAHP team then they are getting now, we are on Facebook…

Here is the address for our Facebook page:                 http://www.facebook.com/CCECAHP

The e-Newsletter’s goal is to provide a venue for communication about upcoming meetings and other pertinent information.

Calendar

September

  • September 28, 2012 Hydrofracking: A Discussion on Municipal Preparedness and Planning— Location: Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register contact Charles at cgottlieb@albanylaw.edu or 518-445-3263. This program is geared towards training and educating municipal officials on the legal and practical aspects of land use and planning for hydrofracking, whether a locality seeks to ban the practice or plan for potential drilling. Moderators and speakers will be from Albany Law School, Pace Law School, NYS DEC, Sive Paget & Riesel, NYS Comptrollers’ Office, U.S. EPA, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
  • Saturday September 29, 2012 Got Drugs? From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539 for more info. Many local Sheriff/police departments are holding a drug drop-off event to help remove drugs from households as well as make sure there is safe disposal of both human and animal drugs of all types which does not hurt the environment. Please bring items to designated locations or watch for the next event

Albany County – 5 locations including Crossgates Mall Parking lot near food court

Columbia Cty – Sheriff Office, 85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534

Greene Cty – Sheriff Office, 80 Bridge St, Catskill, NY 12414

Schenectady Cty – 6 locations

Washington Cty – @ Wash.Co. Public Health Annex parking lot, 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 and Whitehall Police, 8 Montcalm Ave, Whitehall, NY 12887

  • September 29-30, 2012 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, in Saugerties, NY. Open from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday at the Cantine Memorial field, Pavilion St, Saugerties, NY. For more info visit www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com or call 845-246-3090.

October

  • October 1, 2012 Greene County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at Quarry Steakhouse in Climax, NY. Call Bambi @ 518-634-7852 for more info.
  •  Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) Crop Insurance Intermediate Training Opportunity….Is LGM-Dairy Right for You?  11 am-11:50 am, for part one;  12 noon to 1 pm for part two   Webinar training scheduled with expert Dr. Brian Gould, Univ. of Wisconsin.  The presentation will assume some knowledge of this margin protection crop insurance program, with the first hour providing a sophisticated overview of the crop insurance program.  (For those who wish for an introduction or an introductory refresher, log into NYSDAM’s website to watch and listen to the intro webinar by Dr. Gould at www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/CropInsuranceSpecialty.html and scroll down to Dairy.)

At 12 noon, in the second half of the training, NYS dairy producer data will be used to demonstrate the online tool that helps farmers and their crop insurance agents decide on the insurance contract to purchase.  The University of Wisconsin’s analyzer is available at any time on their website at: http://future.aae.wisc.edu/lgm_analyzer/.   Dairy producer questions will be answered throughout.

Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) is a crop insurance program that is based on milk income over feed costs, which the program calls a “gross margin”. The insurance program covers the difference between the expected gross margin (insurance guarantee) and the actual gross margin for the months the producer selects for coverage, based on the amount of milk the producer chooses to insure and feed declared.  Enrollment is limited to one contract per month (subject to funding) and occurs after markets close on the last business Friday of that monthThe next expected enrollment opportunity for LGM-Dairy is Friday, October 26.  Program funding is limited by the program’s pilot status in the current Farm Bill and assigned funding was exhausted in the first hour of the October and November sales enrollment opportunities last year.  Remaining funding was used in an August enrollment.

Producers need to sign up in advance to participate in the webinar on the events page of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets website at:  http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/CropInsuranceEvents.html

  • October 3-7, 2012 The 10th Semi-Annual Beef Tour with Cornell University’s Dr. Mike Baker.  “We will be traveling by bus to Ohio.  Stops will include commercial and registered cow/calf operations, farmer feeders, and backgrounding operations. Tentative plans also include The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  There will be several pick up points across NY. These tours are a great way to learn about the beef industry from a different perspective and also get to know other NY beef producers. Please look on http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/beef/events.html for registration forms soon.”
  •  October 4th, 2012 Cornell University Maple Production for the Beginner Training Webinars 7-8 p.m. at www.maple.dnr.cornell.edu/webinar  Registration & high speed internet is required. No cost. Please contact Stephen Childs at slc18@cornell.edu to register.
  • October 4, 2012 Annual Business Showcase hosted by the Washington County Local Development Corp. will hold its event from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Christ The King Center on Burton Road in Easton (off Route 40 or County Rte 74). Sponsorships are still available. To register a business for the event, contact the LDC at 518-746-2290 or through this email address: info@wcldc.org.

This year’s event is an export showcase, which will feature local businesses that grow or manufacture products locally and export them around the world. The event is free for the public to attend. It is put on in partnership with economic development agencies from Warren, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.

  • October 4th, 2012 The Dairy Environmental Systems group in PRO DAIRY is holding a workshop titled “Biogas Clean-up and Utilization Systems” at Dutch Hollow Country Club, Skaneateles, NY and Twin Birch Farms, 1839 Benson Rd, Owasco, NY 13021. Registration is required. Cost is $20/person (plus the cost of lunch).  We are targeting farmers and others who are familiar with the basic aspects of AD technology.  Any ag consultants or engineers planning to be involved with an AD project would also find this course useful.  This 1-day workshop will provide participants with information to choose the components of a biogas utilization system, including a biogas clean-up system, to best meet the needs of the farm.  Please contact jlp67@cornell.edu or call 607-227-7943to register or for more information.
  • Sunday, October 7th Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will be hosting an open discussion on all things poultry at the Schaghticoke Fair grounds. The discussion will be held from 10am-11am in the show arena during the tailgate sale. Local poultry breeders, experts, and judges will be on hand to discuss topics related to how birds are judged, how to choose a bird for show, what to look for when buying, and much more. The class is free and open to the public, younger people and 4-H members are encouraged to attend. Adults, as well as young poultry enthusiasts will get a better understanding of how to choose birds that meet their needs.

For more information feel free to contact Kirk Shoen, CCE Rensselaer County: 518-272-4210 ext 113 c: 518-951-9464 kjs264@Cornell.edu

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Agriculture Forum with Congressman Paul Tonko from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Karen’s Produce, 2311 State Hwy 5S, Amsterdam, NY 12010. The meeting will feature a brief update from Congressman Tonko on the status of the Farm Bill, followed by your questions and your concerns. For more info, please contact (518) 843-3400 or (518) 465-0700 or (518) 374-4547.
  • October 10, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Greene Cty. Acra, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.
  • Oct. 12, 2012 Brewing and Science Technology CCE Short Course – from 8-4:45, at Jordan Hall, NYS Ag Experiment Station, 630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Registration course cost and included meals $100/person. For more info, contact Gemma Osborne at 315-787-2248 or gro2@cornell.edu. \
  • October 16, 2012- October 17, 2012. Growing Health 2012, Cultivating Common Ground: Farms, Food & Health. Riverwalk Hotel in downtown Binghamton, NY. Participants will focus on four critical issues which impact the effectiveness of accessing NYS food products to maximize nutrition and health. Register online atgrowinghealth.rhnscny.org or call 888-603-5973. Space is limited.
  •  Oct. 16-18, 2012 74th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference at Doubletree Hotel Syracuse

East Syracuse, New York. Registration Fee: $150.00 Late Registration: $175.00 (Postmarked after October 1, 2012) For more information contact: Heather (Howland) Darrow, Conference Coordinator, 272 Morrison Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Phone: (607) 255-4478, or

dmconf@cornell.edu

  • October 17, 2012 Schenectady County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at Turf Tavern in Scotia, NY. Call Jaclyn @ 518-390-6152 for more info.
  •  Thursday, October 18, 2012 Pass it On: Estate Planning to Preserve Family Wealth

Presented by:  Thomas Donahue, Donahue Financial Management Group & Marion Hancock Fish, Partner; Hancock Estabrook LLP presented by NY Family Business Center. Time: 8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Program. Location: 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool, NY 13088.   Registration Fee: NYFBC members Prepaid; Non Members $25.00. Registrations: Contact NYFBC at 315-579-2871 or dherlihy@nyfbc.org

  •  October 19, 2012 Washington County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at B & B on the Green in Hudson Falls, NY. Call Bill @ 518-935-8569 for more info.
  •  Saturday, October 20th, Farming 101 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, 50 West High Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Cost is $30 for the day which includes a delicious lunch and educational handouts. Please RSVP by Oct. 17th to Kirk Shoen, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210 ext. 113 or by email to kjs264@cornell.edu . Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties will provide information on a wide range of topics targeted at small farms that raise beef, poultry, sheep and goats. The topics will include: farm business management, tax exemptions and laws, business development, proper animal selection, animal care, as well as proper pasture and field management. There will be agriculture educators on hand to answer all of your questions.
  • October 20, 2012- October 21, 2012. Farm Hack Ithaca. Ithaca, NY. Topics covered will include grain production and small-scale processing, on-farm innovations from Ithaca area farmers. There will also be a demo build of Scrap Laundry Greens Spinner and CoolBot Cooler. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.youngfarmers.org/practical/farm-hack/events/ithaca/.
  • October 24, 2012 The 2012 New York State Nursery Landscape Leadership Forum

ILR at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. This year’s event offers you a wonderful opportunity to experience the Cornell University campus and learn best practices for growing a successful business. The program will be geared to owners and staff. Don’t miss this opportunity to build relationships with other green industry professionals from across the state.

Sessions will include: Growing a Successful Landscape Business -Landscape Management Network, George Urvari, President and CEO of Oriole Landscape.

Eco-business Strategies for Nurseries and Landscapes in Response to the New NYS

Environmental Regulatory Laws – Dr. Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Assistant Professor of Urban Weed Ecology, Cornell University

Tree Root System Development from Container to Field – Dr. Taryn Bauerle, Assistant Professor of Root Biology, Cornell University.

Review and Preview of Landscape Diseases – Dr.George Hudler, Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University

  • October 25, 2012 Apple Jelly and Pie Filling – Food Preservation Workshops at CCE-Westport, NY. Registration is $10/person, class size is limited. Call 518-962-4810 ext. 401
  • October 26-27, 2012. Value Added Institute: Food Processing Workshops. Canajoharie, NY. NY Small Scale Food Processors Association, in conjunction with Montgomery County Agriculture Development, is offering a variety of workshops focused on increasing the value of produce and meat products. For more information, contact Toni Christman at mcswcd4001@frontier.com.
  • October 27, 2012 Cheese Making 101 – for Beginners & Novices

Location: Brovetto’s Dairy Farm/Harpersfield Cheese 1677 County Highway 29, Jefferson, NY 12093 Class limited to fifteen (15) persons – $100/person. Discount for Guild Members (scholarships available). Lunch is included. For registration contact Linda Smith at 607.829.8852 or email the Guild at info@nyfarmcheese.org   Participants learn how to make three (3) to four (4) styles of cheese with expert Cheese Makers during this full-day session. Feel free to bring your own farmstead milk.

  • October 27th and 28th, 2012 Game of Logging: Professional level chainsaw safety training for farmers and landowners being sponsored by Washington County SWCD and Ag Stewardship Association and funded in part with a Farm Credit East Ag Enhancement grant.  Class will meet from 8 am to 4 pm at 190 North Road in Greenwich, NY.  Lunch will be provided as well as hot and cold beverages. The sizes of the classes are restricted to ten people per instructor so we will have the capacity for 20 trainees per day. So, if you plan on attending this valuable training, register early at agstewardship.org to reserve your place. For those without computer access you may call the District at 518-692-9940 ext 123 or ASA at 518-692-7285.
  • October 30, 2012 Cornell University’s Feed Dealer’s Meeting at CCE-Saratoga’s Training Center, Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY. Registration fee. For more info or to register contact Richard Smith at 518-885-8995.
  • Oct. 31, 2012 Vat Pasteurizer Workshop, CCE with NYS Ag & Mkts, in Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY. Contact Rob Ralya 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892 for more info.

November

  • November 7-8, 2012 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo at DCU Center, Worcester, MA. Join other growers and retailers for the largest nationally recognized floriculture industry show in New England! This biennial event is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc.,—a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.  For conference registration or hotel reservation information visit: www.nysta.org or contact the NYSTA office at 518-783-1229; turfandgrounds@nysta.org.
  • November 8, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Albany Cty. 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.
  • Nov. 15, 2012 4th Annual Cover Crop Tour and Workshop, at the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center.  For additional information contact paul.salon@ny.usda.gov or by calling 607-562-8404. There will be a morning field tour. Let us know if you have special needs. Please bring $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch. 4.00 CCA credits available Registration will start at 9:15am, and the field tour begins at 9:45am.

There may be a (to be confirmed) demonstration of an innovative, no-till inter-row cover crop seeder from Penn. State. Supported by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant. As in the year’s past, we will have a morning tour at the Plant Materials Center, 3266 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY, and then travel to the Big Flats Community Center, immediately after.

REGISTRATION LINK:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ex5qzeab&oeidk=a07e6elpb3817b400b3

Hosted by the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program in cooperation with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Empire State Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

  • November 15th 2012  Harvesting Opportunities: Growing Local Food Economies & Protecting Farmland.  Hotel Albany, Albany, NY. For more details go to:  www.farmland.org/newyork. Or call 518-581-0078. A Conference to Inspire and Educate New Yorkers to Support Agriculture, Strengthen Local Farm and Food Economies and Get Involved in Protecting Farmland.  Keynote Speaker: Verlyn Klinkenborg, author The Rural Life and Making Hay.  This conference will bring together farmers, public officials, land trusts and local food and public health leaders to take a serious look at the potential to grow New York’s economy by strengthening connections between farmers and local consumers and protecting our state’s irreplaceable farmland.

December

  • December 4, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Columbia Cty. 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.
  •  December 3-7, 2012 Cider and Perry Production class with Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYS Ag Exp. Station, 630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Registration for whole event is $950, or Part 1 is $400. Contact Gemma Osborne at 315-787-2248 or gro2@cornell.edu . The class is taught by world’s leading experts in cider production.
  • December 11, 2012 Labor Issues for Ag Employers from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at Century House, Latham, NY. Registration is $65/person (with an early discount $55 if received by 11/28/2012). To register call Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu . The link to the registration form and flyer  is:  http://bit.ly/2012Labor
  •  December 12, 2012 Field Crop Dealer Meeting, Genesee Grand Hotel, Syracuse, NY, 1 -5pm

This meeting is for industry representatives, consultants and retail dealers to provide information on Cornell field crops research and recommendations. Pre-register for the Field Crop Dealer Meeting online at http://nysaba.com/meeting_registration. There is a $15 registration fee for the meeting. DEC pesticide applicator credits and CCA continuing education credits will be requested.    A tentative agenda for the 2012 Field Crop Dealer Meeting can be found at: http://fieldcrops.org/Calendar/Documents/2012%20FCDM%20Agenda.pdf.

Please contact Mary McKellar at mem40@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2012 Annual Tax Law Update – Changes Affecting Privately Owned Business from NY Family Business Center. Time: 8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Program. Location: 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool, NY 13088.   Registration Fee: NYFBC members Prepaid; Non Members $25.00. Registrations: Contact NYFBC at 315-579-2871 or dherlihy@nyfbc.org
  • December 12-13, 2012 Group-Housed Dairy Calf Systems Conference at Doubletree Hotel, Syracuse, New York.      Hold the date for this innovative symposium designed to provide progressive dairy producers and agriservice personnel the opportunity to increase their knowledge of dairy calf group housing systems and feeding technologies. An evening session on December 12 is designed specifically for producers who have just converted to a group feeding system.       For more information, visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/calfsystems
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012,– Improving Your Business With On-Farm Research- at The Century House, Rte 9 Latham from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Learn how to do your own on-farm research and how to participate in state-wide research projects with Cornell faculty.  We will discuss the skills, knowledge, and management it takes to do on-farm research.  Put on by Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.  Mark your calendars.  Registration information is forthcoming.  Contact Aaron Gabriel if you have questions, adg12@cornell.edu, 518-380-1496.
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Cornell’s Agri-Business Outlook Conference at Statler Ballroom, Ithaca, NY. For more info contact: Carol Thomson at 607-255-5464 or cmt8@cornell.edu. .

January 2013

  • Jan. 2, 2013  Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program at SUNY Cobleskill. For more info, contact 518.255.5528 or email serdyml@cobleskill.edu . This 4-unit, intensive hands-on training program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills students require to enter employment in the meat processing industry. Students will be skilled in sanitation, food safety, slaughter, meat cutting and processing. As part of the students’ preparation for the industry, the program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandising and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training in meat animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, value-added products (sausage), wrapping and storage of finished product. Safety, sanitation including USDA HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), customer relations from custom cutting to product pick up and invoicing will be part of this program.
  • January 12, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 9:30 a.m. to noon at CCE-Washington Cty. 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.
  • January 16, 2013 Organic Turf & Landscape (a “Be Green” credit course) with Cornell Cooperative Extension- Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180. Time: TBA

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture staff will present the latest on managing turfgrass and

landscapes using organic methods. Participants will receive credits applicable to maintaining a

current Be Green license agreement with the NYSDEC. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513 or David

Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu and 518-272-4210.

  • January 16 – 17, 2013 Operations Managers Conference “Managing for Consistency and Continuous Improvement” at RIT Inn and Conference Center, Henrietta, New York

      This conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Sessions on January 16 will be followed by a tour and interaction with a local dairy operations team on January 17.
For more information, visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/OMC/

  • January 22-24, 2013 Empire State Producers Expo, OnCenter, Syracuse, NY. For more info visit: www.nysvga.org/expo/info
  •  January 25-26, 2013 5th Annual Winter Green-up Grazing Conference at the Century House Conference Center, Latham, NY. For more information, please contact Gale Kohler at CCE Albany County by phone at (518) 765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu.  You can also reach Morgan Hartman at blackqueenangus@yahoo.com

There is a terrific lineup of informed and informative, experienced practitioner/speakers:

  • Steve Kenyon, a Holistic Management Educator/practitioner from Saskatchewan, Canada.  Steve will discuss, in two separate sessions, the business and the practice of custom grazing cattle for profit.  Additionally, Steve will touch upon Winter Management techniques that will have direct application to those of us in the cold Northeast.
  • Jerry Brunetti, one of the original organizers of the PASA conference and founder of Agri-Dynamics, a dairy nutritionist and an expert in human nutrition too, is going to discuss these two intimately related topics of animal and human health.  If we are what we eat, then we are what our animals eat.
  • Jeremy Engh owns and runs Lakota Ranch in Virginia as well as running the Lakota Bull Test, an all-forage/grazing test for beef breed bulls.  While Jeremy is a Red Devon breeder and grass-finisher, the Lakota Bull Test accepts bulls from all beef breeds and measures their performance in contemporary groups, while also conducting Breeding Soundness Exams and other pertinent pre-breeding season data collection.  All this data is then provided to the bull owner/consignors and to the prospective customers of the Lakota Bull Test Sale.
  • Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh, who own and operate Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, NY will discuss their approach to animal production on their Certified Organic, 100% grass-fed farm where they produce grass-fed beef along side their year round grass-fed dairy.
  • Dr. tatiana Stanton, NY State’s Small Ruminant Specialist will talk about her initial research into applied pasture lambing and how the results compare to jug lambing.  tatiana will talk about these and other matters relating specifically to the pasture rearing and finishing of goats and sheep.
  •  January 29, 2013 Bedding Plant Conference with CCE at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110. Learn about innovations in greenhouse production, pest management, organic fertilization and other trends. DEC pesticide credits applied for. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513.
  •  February 5 -7 & 12 – 14, 2013  30-Hour Pesticide Class for Category 3a & 25 with Cornell Cooperative ExtensionRensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture staff of the Capital District will present a six day class to become licensed pesticide applicators. Successful completion of the thirty-hour training course and exams will allow participants to be licensed by the NYSDEC as Certified Pesticide Applicators. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513 or David Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu and

518-272-4210.

  • February 7, 2013 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00-8:30 p.m. at CCE-Washington Cty. 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.
  • March 6, 7 & 19, 2013 CNLP (Certified Nursery Landscape Professional) Review Session with Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186. A 2-day review session and exam. Topics include botany, soils, and plant identification. This review session will prepare students for the CNLP exam.  Registration required. For more information about the training and the CNLP program, contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513.
  • March 22, 2013 Pesticide Recertification Day with CCE at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110. Learn the latest on pesticide use, safety, and pest management for the upcoming season. This program features up to 6 DEC recertification credits.  Morning sessions offer core credits and afternoon sessions offer category specific credits for 3a,1a,7a and private categories as well. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu

Opportunities

  • “Dairy Farm Business Summary, New York Organic Dairy Farms, NY, 2011“, Extension Bulletin 2012-12. is now available. If you would like to order copies, please contact Linda Putnam or visit the website for ordering information and an order form:

http://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/order.php   The price is $16, with checks payable to “Cornell University” and sent the following address: Linda D. Putnam, Extension Support Specialist, 216 Warren Hall, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY  14853-7801 or 607-255-8429; fax:  607-255-1589; ldp2@cornell.edu.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Dairy Farm Business Summary and Analysis Project.

  • UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture is Hiring – The UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture invites applications for our new Farming and Climate Change Coordinator position. The Coordinator will provide leadership for the Center’s new Climate Change program by developing, implementing and evaluating programmatic efforts.  This will require engaging in outreach and applied research with Vermont farmers to support their efforts to implement relevant practices (both adaptation and mitigation) related to climate change, with a particular emphasis on farming in the floodplains; and 2)working in collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and UVM departments. Demonstrated skills in program development and design, program implementation and evaluation, collaboration, applied research, grant writing and leadership desired.

Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, networking skills, ability to travel in the region, experience working with all types of farms including fruit, vegetable, livestock and crop farms, in-depth knowledge of sustainable agriculture issues relevant to small diversified farms, and ability to work and understand the multi-faceted nature of farming from economic, social and environmental perspectives. Desirable candidates will have a minimum of Master’s degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, Agroecology, Community Development and Applied Economics, Horticulture, Natural Resources, environmental sciences or related field and 3-5 years of relevant experience. Must be familiar with climate change issues affecting Northeast farming systems. Should be aware of other programmatic efforts to reach farmers in the state. Applications from women and people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Applicants must submit the following materials online at the UVM jobs website:  Resume, a cover letter outlining interest and relevant experiences, and the names and contact information for three references.  Applications due by October 5th, 2012.

For more information contact  <mailto:sustainable.agriculture@uvm.edu>

sustainable.agriculture@uvm.edu.

  • USDA Announces Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Period Now Open – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between September 24, 2012 and March 25, 2013.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.

As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

The Department will continue reaching out to potential Hispanic and female claimants, around the country to get the word out to individuals who may be eligible for this program so they have the opportunity to participate.

Call center representatives can be reached at 1-888-508-4429. Claimants must register for a claims package (by calling the number or visiting the website) and the claims package will be mailed to claimants. All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in your communities about the claims process and contact www.farmerclaims.gov or phone: 1-888-508-4429.

Claims Period: September 24, 2012 – March 25, 2013.  Independent legal services companies will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims. Although there are no filing fees to participate and a lawyer is not required to participate in the claims process, persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.

To read Secretary Tom Vilsack’s entire news release issued today (9/24/12) click on the following link:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/09/0309.xml&contentidonly=true

 

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September 28, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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Winter Forage Field Days – October 10 & 16, 2012

Winter Forage Field Days
Learn and see how to grow fall sown oats and winter grains for forage. Which fields are most suited for winter forage? Is it worth planting shorter season corn? Discuss a remarkable 2012 growing season with neighbors.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 pm, Foothill Farm (Bill Gorsky), Easton, Washington County. At the oat/triticale field east of the barn next to house at 1380 Vly Summit Rd.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm, A. Ooms & Sons, 215 Rte 28A, Valatie, Columbia Co. Look for the CCE sign at an oat field west of the farm on Rte 28A.

Call Aaron Gabriel, 518-380-1496, for questions and to RSVP so there are enough materials for all participants.

September 27, 2012
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New York State Weekly Weather Outlook – September 27, 2012

Drew Montreuil
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

Last week, temperatures were 3-6 degrees below normal for most of the state. Parts of eastern and northernNew Yorkwere closer to normal, but still below average. Precipitation was highest over the Catskills, where over 3″ fell. Most other areas got 1-3″ with a few localized areas seeing less than an inch. Base 50 Growing Degree Days were less than 50 statewide except for Long Island, which saw 75-100.

Today will be a quiet day as the region will be between systems. High temperatures will generally be in the 60s with some sunshine. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s to low 50s.

A storm system will bring an area of rain tomorrow, with the core of the rain roughly passing from the Southern Tier intoEastern New York. High temperatures should mostly be in the 60s. Overnight lows should be mainly in the 40s, though some 30s may be possible across southwestNew York. Frost is not expected.

A few showers will be possible on Saturday, but most areas will see little to no rain. High temperatures will be in the low to upper 60. Overnight lows will again mainly be in the 40s with a few isolated spots dipping into the 30s.

There will be a higher chance for rain on Sunday, especially across western and southern New York. High temperatures will be in the 60s for most, though areas in the rain may stay in the 50s. Low temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 40s.

A few left over showers will be possible on Monday, with dry weather Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the low to mid 60s Monday, but should warm into the upper 60s Tuesday and 70s by Wednesday. Overnight lows should generally be in the 40s all three days.

Overall, through the next week, the chance of frost appears low.

The 5 day precipitation totals will generally be less than ½” across western and northern New York. Areas across southeastNew Yorkcould see a couple of inches of rain. The 8-14 Day outlook calls for near to below normal temperatures with above normal precipitation.

Maps of 8-14 day outlooks
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

National Weather Service Watch/Warnings map
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/hq/

NRCC Drought Page which features the US Drought Monitor Map (updated every Thursday): http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/page_drought.html

September 25, 2012
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Capital Area Ag & Hort e-Newsletter – September 25, 2012

For those who are interested in obtaining much more immediate communication with the CAAHP team then they are getting now, we are on Facebook…

Here is the address for our Facebook page:                 http://www.facebook.com/CCECAHP

The e-Newsletter’s goal is to provide a venue for communication about upcoming meetings and other pertinent information.

Calendar

September

September 28, 2012 Hydrofracking: A Discussion on Municipal Preparedness and Planning— Location: Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register contact Charles at cgottlieb@albanylaw.edu or 518-445-3263. This program is geared towards training and educating municipal officials on the legal and practical aspects of land use and planning for hydrofracking, whether a locality seeks to ban the practice or plan for potential drilling. Moderators and speakers will be from Albany Law School, Pace Law School, NYS DEC, Sive Paget & Riesel, NYS Comptrollers’ Office, U.S. EPA, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

Saturday September 29, 2012 Got Drugs? From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539 for more info. Many local Sheriff/police departments are holding a drug drop-off event to help remove drugs from households as well as make sure there is safe disposal of both human and animal drugs of all types which does not hurt the environment. Please bring items to designated locations or watch for the next event.

Albany County – 5 locations including Crossgates Mall Parking lot near food court

Columbia Cty – Sheriff Office, 85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534

Greene Cty – Sheriff Office, 80 Bridge St, Catskill, NY 12414

Schenectady Cty – 6 locations

Washington Cty – @ Wash.Co. Public Health Annex parking lot, 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 and Whitehall Police, 8 Montcalm Ave, Whitehall, NY 12887

September 29-30, 2012 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, in Saugerties, NY. Open from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday at the Cantine Memorial field, Pavilion St, Saugerties, NY. For more info visit www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com or call 845-246-3090.

October

October 1, 2012 Greene County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at Quarry Steakhouse in Climax, NY. Call Bambi @ 518-634-7852 for more info.

October 3-7, 2012 The 10th Semi-Annual Beef Tour with Cornell University’s Dr. Mike Baker.  “We will be traveling by bus to Ohio.  Stops will include commercial and registered cow/calf operations, farmer feeders, and backgrounding operations. Tentative plans also include The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.  There will be several pick up points across NY. These tours are a great way to learn about the beef industry from a different perspective and also get to know other NY beef producers. Please look on http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/beef/events.html for registration forms soon.”

October 4th, 2012 Cornell University Maple Production for the Beginner Training Webinars 7-8 p.m. at www.maple.dnr.cornell.edu/webinar  Registration & high speed internet is required. No cost. Please contact Stephen Childs at slc18@cornell.edu to register

October 4, 2012 Annual Business Showcase hosted by the Washington County Local Development Corp. will hold its event from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Christ The King Center on Burton Road in Easton (off Route 40 or County Rte 74). Sponsorships are still available. To register a business for the event, contact the LDC at 518-746-2290 or through this email address: info@wcldc.org.

This year’s event is an export showcase, which will feature local businesses that grow or manufacture products locally and export them around the world. The event is free for the public to attend. It is put on in partnership with economic development agencies from Warren, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.

October 4th, 2012 The Dairy Environmental Systems group in PRO DAIRY is holding a workshop titled “Biogas Clean-up and Utilization Systems” at Dutch Hollow Country Club, Skaneateles, NY and Twin Birch Farms, 1839 Benson Rd, Owasco, NY 13021. Registration is required. Cost is $20/person (plus the cost of lunch).  We are targeting farmers and others who are familiar with the basic aspects of AD technology.  Any ag consultants or engineers planning to be involved with an AD project would also find this course useful.  This 1-day workshop will provide participants with information to choose the components of a biogas utilization system, including a biogas clean-up system, to best meet the needs of the farm.  Please contact jlp67@cornell.edu or call 607-227-7943to register or for more information.

October 10, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Greene Cty. Acra, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

Oct. 12, 2012 Brewing and Science Technology CCE Short Course – from 8-4:45, at Jordan Hall, NYS Ag Experiment Station, 630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Registration course cost and included meals $100/person. For more info, contact Gemma Osborne at 315-787-2248 or gro2@cornell.edu.

October 16, 2012. Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Resources and Choosing an Enterprise Webinar Series. This five-week an online course series for new and aspiring farmers seeking guidance in the development of a farm enterprise begins on Oct. 16. For more information and to register, visit http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/news-events/beginning_farmer_payment.cfm, www.nybeginningfarmers.org/, or contact ejf5@cornell.edu.

October 16, 2012- October 17, 2012. Growing Health 2012, Cultivating Common Ground: Farms, Food & Health. Riverwalk Hotel in downtown Binghamton, NY. Participants will focus on four critical issues which impact the effectiveness of accessing NYS food products to maximize nutrition and health. Register online atgrowinghealth.rhnscny.org or call 888-603-5973. Space is limited.

Oct. 16-18, 2012 74th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference at Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, New York. Registration Fee: $150.00 Late Registration: $175.00 (Postmarked after October 1, 2012) For more information contact: Heather (Howland) Darrow, Conference Coordinator, 272 Morrison Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Phone: (607) 255-4478, or dmconf@cornell.edu

October 17, 2012 Schenectady County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at Turf Tavern in Scotia, NY. Call Jaclyn @ 518-390-6152 for more info.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 Pass it On: Estate Planning to Preserve Family Wealth
Presented by:  Thomas Donahue, Donahue Financial Management Group & Marion Hancock Fish, Partner; Hancock Estabrook LLP presented by NY Family Business Center. Time: 8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Program. Location: 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool, NY 13088.   Registration Fee: NYFBC members Prepaid; Non Members $25.00. Registrations: Contact NYFBC at 315-579-2871 or dherlihy@nyfbc.org

October 19, 2012 Washington County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at B & B on the Green in Hudson Falls, NY. Call Bill @ 518-935-8569 for more info.

Saturday, October 20th, Farming 101 For all Weekend Warrior and Part-Time farming operations. 9:00 am – 3:30 at Saratoga CCE, 50 West High Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide information on a wide range of topics for smaller operations from farm business management, tax exemptions and laws, business development, proper animal selection and care, and proper pasture and field management and much more. There will be several agents on hand to answer all or your questions. For more information contact Kirk Shoen, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County at (518-272-4210) ex 113 kjs264@cornell.edu

October 20, 2012- October 21, 2012. Farm Hack Ithaca. Ithaca, NY. Topics covered will include grain production and small-scale processing, on-farm innovations from Ithaca area farmers. There will also be a demo build of Scrap Laundry Greens Spinner and CoolBot Cooler. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.youngfarmers.org/practical/farm-hack/events/ithaca/.

October 25, 2012 Apple Jelly and Pie Filling – Food Preservation Workshops at CCE-Westport, NY. Registration is $10/person, class size is limited. Call 518-962-4810 ext. 401

October 26-27, 2012. Value Added Institute: Food Processing Workshops. Canajoharie, NY. NY Small Scale Food Processors Association, in conjunction with Montgomery County Agriculture Development, is offering a variety of workshops focused on increasing the value of produce and meat products. For more information, contact Toni Christman at mcswcd4001@frontier.com.

October 27th and 28th, 2012 Game of Logging: Professional level chainsaw safety training for farmers and landowners being sponsored by Washington County SWCD and Ag Stewardship Association and funded in part with a Farm Credit East Ag Enhancement grant.  Class will meet from 8 am to 4 pm at 190 North Road in Greenwich, NY.  Lunch will be provided as well as hot and cold beverages. The sizes of the classes are restricted to ten people per instructor so we will have the capacity for 20 trainees per day. So, if you plan on attending this valuable training, register early at agstewardship.org to reserve your place. For those without computer access you may call the District at 518-692-9940 ext 123 or ASA at 518-692-7285.

October 30, 2012 Cornell University’s Feed Dealer’s Meeting at CCE-Saratoga’s Training Center, Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, NY. Registration fee. For more info or to register contact Richard Smith at 518-885-8995.

Oct. 31, 2012 Vat Pasteurizer Workshop, CCE with NYS Ag & Mkts, in Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY. Contact Rob Ralya 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892 for more info.

November

November 8, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Albany Cty. 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

Nov. 15, 2012 4th Annual Cover Crop Tour and Workshop, at the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center.  For additional information contact paul.salon@ny.usda.gov or by calling 607-562-8404. There will be a morning field tour. Let us know if you have special needs. Please bring $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch. 4.00 CCA credits available Registration will start at 9:15am, and the field tour begins at 9:45am.

There may be a (to be confirmed) demonstration of an innovative, no-till inter-row cover crop seeder from Penn. State. Supported by an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant. As in the year’s past, we will have a morning tour at the Plant Materials Center, 3266 State Route 352, Big Flats, NY, and then travel to the Big Flats Community Center, immediately after. 

REGISTRATION LIN: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ex5qzeab&oeidk=a07e6elpb3817b400b3

 Hosted by the USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Program in cooperation with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Empire State Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

November 15th 2012  Harvesting Opportunities: Growing Local Food Economies & Protecting Farmland.  Hotel Albany, Albany, NY. For more details go to:  www.farmland.org/newyork. Or call 518-581-0078. A Conference to Inspire and Educate New Yorkers to Support Agriculture, Strengthen Local Farm and Food Economies and Get Involved in Protecting Farmland.  Keynote Speaker: Verlyn Klinkenborg, author The Rural Life and Making Hay.  This conference will bring together farmers, public officials, land trusts and local food and public health leaders to take a serious look at the potential to grow New York’s economy by strengthening connections between farmers and local consumers and protecting our state’s irreplaceable farmland.

December

December 4, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Columbia Cty. 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

December 3-7, 2012 Cider and Perry Production class with Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYS Ag Exp. Station, 630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Registration for whole event is $950, or Part 1 is $400. Contact Gemma Osborne at 315-787-2248 or gro2@cornell.edu . The class is taught by world’s leading experts in cider production.

December 11, 2012 Labor Issues for Ag Employers from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at Century House, Latham, NY. Registration is $65/person with and early discount ($55 if received by 11/28/2012). To register call Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu . The link to the registration form and flyer  is:  http://bit.ly/2012Labor

December 12, 2012 Field Crop Dealer Meeting, Genesee Grand Hotel, Syracuse, NY, 1 -5pm
This meeting is for industry representatives, consultants and retail dealers to provide information on Cornell field crops research and recommendations. Pre-register for the Field Crop Dealer Meeting online at http://nysaba.com/meeting_registration. There is a $15 registration fee for the meeting. DEC pesticide applicator credits and CCA continuing education credits will be requested.    A tentative agenda for the 2012 Field Crop Dealer Meeting can be found at: http://fieldcrops.org/Calendar/Documents/2012%20FCDM%20Agenda.pdf.

Please contact Mary McKellar at mem40@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Annual Tax Law Update – Changes Affecting Privately Owned Business from NY Family Business Center. Time: 8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Program. Location: 445 Electronics Parkway, Suite 206, Liverpool, NY 13088.   Registration Fee: NYFBC members Prepaid; Non Members $25.00. Registrations: Contact NYFBC at 315-579-2871 or dherlihy@nyfbc.org

December 12-13, 2012 Group-Housed Dairy Calf Systems Conference at Doubletree Hotel, Syracuse, New York.      Hold the date for this innovative symposium designed to provide progressive dairy producers and agriservice personnel the opportunity to increase their knowledge of dairy calf group housing systems and feeding technologies. An evening session on December 12 is designed specifically for producers who have just converted to a group feeding system.       For more information, visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/calfsystems

Tuesday, December 18, 2012,– Improving Your Business With On-Farm Research at The Century House, Rte 9 Latham from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Learn how to do your own on-farm research and how to participate in state-wide research projects with Cornell faculty.  We will discuss the skills, knowledge, and management it takes to do on-farm research.  Put on by Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.  Mark your calendars.  Registration information is forthcoming.  Contact Aaron Gabriel if you have questions, adg12@cornell.edu, 518-380-1496.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Cornell’s Agri-Business Outlook Conference at Statler Ballroom, Ithaca, NY. For more info contact: Carol Thomson at 607-255-5464 or cmt8@cornell.edu. .

January 2013

Jan. 2, 2013  Meat Processing and Food Safety Certificate Program at SUNY Cobleskill. For more info, contact 518.255.5528 or email serdyml@cobleskill.edu . This 4-unit, intensive hands-on training program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills students require to enter employment in the meat processing industry. Students will be skilled in sanitation, food safety, slaughter, meat cutting and processing. As part of the students’ preparation for the industry, the program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandising and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training in meat animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, value-added products (sausage), wrapping and storage of finished product. Safety, sanitation including USDA HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), customer relations from custom cutting to product pick up and invoicing will be part of this program.

January 12, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at CCE-Washington Cty. 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

January 16 – 17, 2013 Operations Managers Conference “Managing for Consistency and Continuous Improvement” at RIT Inn and Conference Center, Henrietta, New York 
This conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Sessions on January 16 will be followed by a tour and interaction with a local dairy operations team on January 17.  For more information, visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/OMC/

January 22-24, 2013 Empire State Producers Expo, OnCenter, Syracuse, NY. For more info visit: www.nysvga.org/expo/info 

January 25-26, 2013 5th Annual Winter Green-up Grazing Conference at the Century House Conference Center, Latham, NY. For more information, please contact Gale Kohler at CCE Albany County by phone at (518) 765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu.  You can also reach Morgan Hartman at blackqueenangus@yahoo.com

There is a terrific lineup of informed and informative, experienced practitioner/speakers:

  • Steve Kenyon, a Holistic Management Educator/practitioner from Saskatchewan, Canada.  Steve will discuss, in two separate sessions, the business and the practice of custom grazing cattle for profit.  Additionally, Steve will touch upon Winter Management techniques that will have direct application to those of us in the cold Northeast. 
  • Jerry Brunetti, one of the original organizers of the PASA conference and founder of Agri-Dynamics, a dairy nutritionist and an expert in human nutrition too, is going to discuss these two intimately related topics of animal and human health.  If we are what we eat, then we are what our animals eat. 
  • Jeremy Engh owns and runs Lakota Ranch in Virginia as well as running the Lakota Bull Test, an all-forage/grazing test for beef breed bulls.  While Jeremy is a Red Devon breeder and grass-finisher, the Lakota Bull Test accepts bulls from all beef breeds and measures their performance in contemporary groups, while also conducting Breeding Soundness Exams and other pertinent pre-breeding season data collection.  All this data is then provided to the bull owner/consignors and to the prospective customers of the Lakota Bull Test Sale.
  • Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh, who own and operate Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, NY will discuss their approach to animal production on their Certified Organic, 100% grass-fed farm where they produce grass-fed beef along side their year round grass-fed dairy. 
  • Dr. tatiana Stanton, NY State’s Small Ruminant Specialist will talk about her initial research into applied pasture lambing and how the results compare to jug lambing.  tatiana will talk about these and other matters relating specifically to the pasture rearing and finishing of goats and sheep.

Opportunities

Seed garlic for sale. Certified organic, Spanish Roja hard-neck variety. Ten pound minimum order. Contact freebirdfarm@frontiernet.net

 UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture is Hiring – The UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture invites applications for our new Farming and Climate Change Coordinator position. The Coordinator will provide leadership for the Center’s new Climate Change program by developing, implementing and evaluating programmatic efforts.  This will require engaging in outreach and applied research with Vermont farmers to support their efforts to implement relevant practices (both adaptation and mitigation) related to climate change, with a particular emphasis on farming in the floodplains; and 2)working in collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and UVM departments. Demonstrated skills in program development and design, program implementation and evaluation, collaboration, applied research, grant writing and leadership desired.

Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, networking skills, ability to travel in the region, experience working with all types of farms including fruit, vegetable, livestock and crop farms, in-depth knowledge of sustainable agriculture issues relevant to small diversified farms, and ability to work and understand the multi-faceted nature of farming from economic, social and environmental perspectives. Desirable candidates will have a minimum of Master’s degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, Agroecology, Community Development and Applied Economics, Horticulture, Natural Resources, environmental sciences or related field and 3-5 years of relevant experience. Must be familiar with climate change issues affecting Northeast farming systems. Should be aware of other programmatic efforts to reach farmers in the state. Applications from women and people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Applicants must submit the following materials online at the UVM jobs website:  Resume, a cover letter outlining interest and relevant experiences, and the names and contact information for three references.  Applications due by October 5th, 2012.

For more information contact  mailto:sustainable.agriculture@uvm.edusustainable.agriculture@uvm.edu

USDA Announces Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Period Now Open – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between September 24, 2012 and March 25, 2013.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.

As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

The Department will continue reaching out to potential Hispanic and female claimants, around the country to get the word out to individuals who may be eligible for this program so they have the opportunity to participate.

Call center representatives can be reached at 1-888-508-4429. Claimants must register for a claims package (by calling the number or visiting the website) and the claims package will be mailed to claimants. All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in your communities about the claims process and contact www.farmerclaims.gov or phone: 1-888-508-4429.

Claims Period: September 24, 2012 – March 25, 2013.  Independent legal services companies will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims. Although there are no filing fees to participate and a lawyer is not required to participate in the claims process, persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.

To read Secretary Tom Vilsack’s entire news release issued today (9/24/12) click on the following link:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/09/0309.xml&contentidonly=true

Columbia County Grower seeks unsprayed straw or mulch hay to purchase. If you have such a product, please respond to alana.schwartz7@gmail.com or sab22@cornell.edu                   

Horse drawn farm equipment for sale: Pony carts & fore carts, harnesses, Horse drawn sickle bar mower, Horse drawn plow in mint condition, Hay wagons, manure spreader, Horse drawn silo filler, Model 461 New Holland Bailer, Belt driven saw, horse drawn rake, and Horse drawn sleigh (needs rebuilding). All Reasonably priced! Please contact Ed at 518-235-6121 or 518-237-0588

Oneida County Large Grazing Group –  A group of grazers is starting a large herd grazing group centered in Oneida County.  The group is looking for farms that are grazing more than 100 milking dairy cows, would be interested in looking at other operations around the state, willing to host a pasture walk or a meeting at their farm once every 2-4 years, and meet 1-2 times per year.  Interested farms would be required to participate in the Dairy Profit Monitor (DPM) program or the Dairy Farm Business Summary, through Cornell University.  If you would be interested in this group please contact Bill Paddock of Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation District at (315)736-3334 or by e-mail at william-paddock@oneidaswcd.org .   The plan is to have an organization meeting in late September or early October 2012 with any interested farmers. 

Need Help Marketing Your Sheep & Goat Products? We are pleased to announce that the popular online resource center for sheep and goat marketing at www.sheepandgoatmarketing.info is up and running! After a redesign by Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Cornell Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, and funding from the Cornell Small Farms Program, the site is again a great resource for current sheep and goat production information as well as a great tool to help connect producers with potential buyers. The site includes a wide variety of resources:

  • Marketing Directory: Farmers can network with sheep and goat buyers, processor, auction barns, and livestock haulers.
  • Producer Directory: Farmers can promote their products and animals.
  • Classified Ad Section: Advertising market animals for sale or orders that buyers need to fill.
  • Calendar: Dates and marketing information for holidays.
  • Education: Wide range of information on marketing and processing, evaluating animas, management, and more.

Visit the site at www.sheepandgoatmarketing.info!

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September 24, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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The Crop Chronicle Now Online – September 24, 2012

The 2012 Crop Chronicle is now available online. Click here to access.

The 2012 Crop Chronicle includes results of applied research and educational outreach pertaining to growing and managing pests and diseases of soybeans supported by funding through the United Soybean Board and NYCSGA.

September 24, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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NYS IPM Weekly Field Crops Pest Report – September 21, 2012

This newsletter is on-line at: www.nysipm.cornell.edu/lfc/tag/pestrpt/index.html

In this issue:

  1. View from the Field
  2. Weather Outlook
  3. Western Bean Cutworm Update
  4. Clipboard Checklist
  5. Contact Information

View from the Field

Northern corn leaf blight. Photo Ken Wise, NYSIPM

Once again there is a line-up of diseases this week. In corn we are finding northern corn leaf blight, northern corn leaf spot, gray leaf spot and various kinds of stalk rots.

One disease found at the Cornell Research Farm this fall was northern corn leaf spot. The symptoms are linear narrow lesion about a 1/8 to ¼ inch wide. They range from a ½ to ¾ inches long. They are grayish-tan and have a pigmented border. The lesions exist between the veins and are linear in appearance. The fungus is Bipolaris zeicola (Helminthosporium carbonum) and has five different races that can infect the plant. The fungus overwinters on corn crop residue from previous years.

Management of Northern Corn Leaf Spot.

  1. Plant corn hybrids that are resistant to Northern Corn Leaf Spot
  2. Use a shorter rotation of 1 to 2 years for corn
  3. Plow under residue to reduce fungi in the field.
  4. Fungicides are effective at controlling the disease but is rarely economical

In soybeans there are reports of white mold and soybean vein mosaic virus this week. Most of the reports of soybeans with white mold have come from Eastern NY. Soybean vein mosaic virus is being found statewide and in most fields.

Keith Waldron reports finding bean leaf beetles in soybeans near Waterloo, NY. This insect pest is relatively new to New York.  For more information on bean leaf beetle view the following article: http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/fieldcrops/tag/pestrpt/pestrpt12/09_04_12.asp#view

I found English grain aphid in triticale this week. English grain aphid is one of the aphids that can transmit barley and wheat yellow dwarf. Triticale can be infected like all other cereal grains and even grasses. Triticale does not always show symptoms like you might see on wheat and barley.

 

Weather Outlook – September 13, 2012
Jessica Rennells, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

Last week temperatures ranged from 0 to over 3 degrees above normal for most of the state.  Rainfall amounts ranged from 1 to 2 inches for most of the state; western NY had less than an inch; the Catskills and surrounding areas had over 2 inches. The Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 50 to 100, les than 50 in the Adirondack region.

Today will be sunny with temperatures in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.  Overnight temperatures will be in the mid 40’s to low 50’s. Friday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 70’s.  Some scattered showers are possible as a weak cold front moves over the state.  Lows will be in the low to mid 50’s. Unsettled weather over the weekend; westerly winds could bring lake enhanced showers. Saturday’s temperatures will range from the upper 60’s to mid 70’s with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible as a stronger cold front moves through.  Lows will range from the mid 40’s to mid 50’s. Sunday highs will be throughout the 60’s with scattered showers.  Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s. Monday will partly sunny with temperatures in the 60’s.  Lows will be in the low to mid 40’s. Tuesday will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s to low 70’s.  Lows will be in the 40’s. Wednesday temperatures will in be in the mid 60’s to low 70’s.  Lows will be in the mid 40’s to low 50’s.

The five-day precipitation amounts will range from 1/10 of an inch to 1 ¼ inches. The 8-14 day (Sept 27-Oct 3) outlook is showing normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

Maps of 8-14 day outlooks:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

National Weather Service watch/warnings map:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/hq/

NRCC Drought Page which features the US Drought Monitor map (updated every Thursday):

http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/page_drought.html

 

Western Bean Cutworm Update
Keith Waldron, NYS IPM              

The Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) trapping season has come to an end for 2012. Counts this week remained essentially the same as last week with most sites still in operation reporting “0” moths.

What’s next for WBC larvae?
As WBC larvae mature they will stop feeding, drop off their hosts and burrow into the soil to overwinter. In late summer and early fall, 6th instar WBC larvae drop off their hosts and burrow into the soil, where they construct earthen chambers where they will overwinter. These soil cells are about 5-10 inches beneath the soil. Sandier soils allow larvae to penetrate deeper into the soil profile. The underground overwintering location provides greater protection from winter temperatures and tillage equipment and increases overwintering survival. The larvae remain in their pre-pupa state throughout the winter, then pupate and complete development to moths the following summer. Surviving insects should begin to appear in our moth traps about the last week or so of next June.

Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Highlights 2012:

  • Total number of WBC (male) moth catches was 3,458, more than 2X last year’s catch.
  • Peak WBC flight this year was about 1 – 2 weeks earlier than that observed in 2010 and 2011 (August 2) See figure below. Earlier emergence and activity probably related to the warm temperatures in spring and early summer.
  • The majority of WBC moths captured statewide were in very good condition indicating there are locally overwintering populations. These populations appear to be relatively small to moderate in size with the majority of locations catching less than 50 WBC moths / trap.
  • Several western and northwestern NY sites had very high captures this season (> 150). A high percentage of moths captured in these high count locations had damaged wings suggesting they had travelled some distance and were likely migrants.
  • Very few egg masses were found this season (Franklin County) and none of those fields were over threshold (field corn: 5% field infestation with egg masses and/or small larvae). There have been reports of WBC larvae in sweet and field corn ears.
  • So far WBC economic damage has not been detected this season although it is still quite early as dry bean and corn harvest has only just begun.

We are very interested in documenting any economic impacts associated with western bean cutworm this season. If you believe you have WBC larval damage and suspect economic losses we would like to hear from you. Please contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension field crops educator.

 

Clipboard Checklist
Keith Waldron, NYS IPM Program

General:

  • Emergency contact information (“911”, local hospital, Chem.Spill emergency contact, other) posted in central posting area
  • Maintain crop records by field, including variety, planting date, pesticides used, nutrient inputs including manure, etc.
  • Watch for any patches of herbicide resistant weeds, weed escapes

Corn:

  • Monitor fields for plant vigor, growth stage, late season pest issues (European corn borer, foliar diseases, nutritional deficiencies, vertebrate damage)
  • Monitor for weeds, note presence of “who”, “how many” and “where”
  • Monitor reproductive stage corn fields for foliar diseases, stalk standability issues, corn ear damage (insect pests and diseases)
  • Prepare storage areas to accept upcoming silage harvest

Alfalfa & Hay:

  • Monitor alfalfa seedings for weeds, insects & diseases.
  • Check regrowth of established alfalfa stands for potato leafhopper, weed and disease problems.
  • Storage areas cleaned and ready to accept incoming harvest

Soybeans:

  • Monitor fields for soybean aphid, foliar diseases, white mold, natural enemies, defoliating insects, spider mites, bean leaf beetles and weed escapes

Dairy Livestock Barn Fly Management:

Barn fly issues tend to spike when fall temperatures drop and flies seek warmer locations. To avoid establishment of fly populations pay close attention to barn sanitation and other cultural practices to minimize fly breeding habitat.

  • Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation – clean animal resting areas, feed throughs, minimize source of moist organic matter i.e. fly breeding areas in barn and in adjacent animal loafing yard
  • Check water sources, drainage, roof gutters for leaks and potential overspill
  • Continue fly monitoring: install “3X5” index card fly speck monitoring cards through out barn
  • Install/refresh/replenish as needed: fly tapes, insecticide baits, natural enemies (parasitoids)

Dairy Livestock Pasture Fly Management:

Pasture fly issues tend to drop significantly when fall temperatures drop, particularly after the first frosts. House, stable and perhaps some horn flies will seek warmer locations such as barns.

  • Monitor animals for presence of pasture fly pests. Treatment guidelines: Horn flies (50 per dairy animal side, 100 per side for beef cattle), face flies(10 per animal face), stable flies (10 per 4 legs). See IPM’s Livestock page.
  • Consider installing biting fly traps to reduce horse, deer and stable fly populations.

Storage:

  • Check temperature, moisture, pest status of recent bin stored small grains
  • Keep areas around storage bins and silos clean and mowed
  • Check areas around storage bins and silos for vertebrate tunneling
  • Check temperature of recently baled hay in hay mow
  • Clean grain bins target for use in storing upcoming soybean or corn harvests

Equipment:

  • Note any repairs needed for recently used equipment: tractors, tillage implements, planters, sprayers, etc. as they are cleaned and serviced.
  • Service hay harvesting equipment as needed.
  • Calibrate manure spreaders – maintain records on amount spread per field

PESTICIDE EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergency responder information on pesticide spills and accidents…

CHEMTREC – 800-424-9300

For pesticide information

National Pesticide Information Center: 800-858-7378

To Report Oil and Hazardous Material Spills in New York State

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response – 800-457-7362 (in NYS), 518-457-7362 (outside NYS)

Poison Control Centers

Poison Control Centers nationwide – 800-222-1222

If you are unable to reach a Poison Control Center or obtain the information your doctor needs, the office of the NYS Pesticide Coordinator at Cornell University, 607-255-1866, may be able to assist you in obtaining such information.


Contact Information
Keith Waldron: NYS Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator
Phone: (315) 787 – 2432
Fax: (315) 787-2360
Email: jkw5@cornell.edu

Ken Wise: Eastern NYS IPM Area Educator: Field Crops and Livestock
Phone: (518) 434-1690
Fax: (518) 426-3316
Email: klw24@cornell.edu

September 24, 2012
by mem40@cornell.edu
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CCE Lewis County and NNY Weekly Crop Update – Week of September 17, 2012

The Lewis County and NNY Weekly Crop Update for the week of September 17, 2012 can now be found on the web at: http://www.ccenny.com/index.php/field-crops/growing-season-updates/.

In this issue:

  1. Weather Outlook
  2. Dates to Remember
  3. Pictures of the Week
  4. Stalk Rot in Field Corn

 

 

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