5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School

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

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

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

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

Presenters include:

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

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

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

Part-Time Farmer Tax School

January 29, 2019, Part Time Farmer Tax School

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

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/PartTimeFarmerTax, or to register by phone, call 518-765-3518.
Do you have any of these questions:
How much farm income do I need to deduct it on my taxes?
What form(s) do I need to complete?
What, if any, tax management strategy should I have for my farm business?


Sandy Buxton and Steve Hadcock, of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Capital Area Ag & Hort Program, will be prepared to answer these and other tax related questions for you during this meeting.  Light dinner will be served.

Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update and Growers’ Experiences

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-registration for the meeting is required. The cost $10.00 per person and is due by January 15, 2019.  Please register by January 15, 2019 at: https://tinyurl.com/GrowIndustrialHemp or contact 518-765-3518/email caahp-cce@cornell.edu for assistance with registration.

For program questions, contact Aaron Gabriel, adg12@cornell.edu, 518-380-1496.

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

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

Why Annie’s Project?

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

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

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

For more information call 518-765-3518 or e-mail cce-caahp@cornell.edu.
Please register by January 4, 2019

Register online at https://tinyurl.com/AnniesProj
Only $100 for all six sessions!


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

January 8 Introduction and Overview

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

January 15 • Financial Documents

  • Financial Documents
  • Resources for Your Business

January 22 Human Resources

  • Enterprise Analysis using Ag Decision Maker
  • Farm Business Planning

January 29 Meeting Hiring Obligations

February 5 Insurance Basics

  • Women and Money
  • Estate/Transition Planning

February 12, 2019 Agriculture Panel – in Business

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

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

January 7, 2019

3rd Annual Capital Area Cut Flower Conference

January 8, 2019

Capital Area Bedding Plant Conference

Vendors’ Meet & Greet Reception, January 7, 2018

4:30-5:30 PM

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

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

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

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

For more information and to see the printable brochure for these events, https://tinyurl.com/CF-BPBrochure.

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