Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Covering events in Chemung, Cortland, Tioga, Tompkins & Schuyler Counties

Ag News

Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture

New York Certified Organic Sets 2018 Winter Program Series: Crop Rotations, Quality Forage Harvest, Pastured Hogs, Farm Startup on Agenda. March 13 spotlight on adding pastured hogs to a diversified dairy or crop business and general farm start-up opportunities.The free-to-attend NYCO meetings begin at 10 AM in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 West North Street, in Geneva, NY, and provide organic crop growers and dairy farmers together with the opportunity to learn from speakers and network. There is no need to register for meetings. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. For more information, contact Fay Benson at 607-391-2669 or Information on previous NYCO meetings is posted at
Know Your Soil
March 14. CCE Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Cost: $7-$10 (pay what you can afford). Get up close and personal with your garden soil at this hands-on workshop! Knowing more about your soil can really help your gardening practice. Participants can bring in soil samples from their own gardens and will learn to assess the texture, color, drainage, fertility, pH and type of soil. They will also learn how to read soil analysis results and how to use the online Web Soil Survey tool to see detailed information about soils on their property. Participants should bring a soil sample from their home garden to assess, and a laptop (if possible) to access the online soil survey tool. A limited number of CCE laptops will be available for participants to use as well. Pre-registration is strongly recommended so that we have participants' contact information on file in case of cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Register online at, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292 and we will help you with online registration using your input.
Growing Oyster Mushrooms
March 16th- Would you like to learn how to grow your own oyster mushrooms? If so, join us on March 16, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Chemung County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Building. In this hands-on class Ken Mudge, Agroforestry Expert from Cornell University, will be walking us through the basics of growing oyster mushrooms in straw. He will also be doing demonstrations on how to cultivate them through log inoculation and totems. Each participant will take home their own mushroom spawn inoculated bag of straw. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Class size is limited. Pre-registration with payment is required by 3/9/18. For more information and to register, please contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or
Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boilers
March 16, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMCCE-Tompkins is helping support the following training: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is sponsoring a full-day technical training session, “Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boilers,” to assist contractors who wish to participate in NYSERDA’s Renewable Heat NY incentive program. The Renewable Heat NY program was launched in 2014 to promote proper installation and use of high efficiency/low emissions boilers operating on wood pellets and cordwood. This course qualifies for 7 AIA learning units (equivalent to 7 PDH for NY professional engineers).Instructor: John Siegenthaler, P.E., a mechanical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. John is principal of Appropriate Designs—a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, N.Y. The third edition of his textbook, Modern Hydronic Heating, was released in 2011.$149/person // college students & staff $50/person // $50 for previous attendees who would like to refresh their knowledge and repeat the class. Please register (and pay) through the link below.
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
March 24th 10am at The Ford Memorial Library in Ovid. is holding a free Fruit Tree Pruning with John Reynolds, Blackduck Cidery. See the flyer or following link for more details!
Arnot Forest Pancake Breakfast
March 25, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. What's better than fresh, local maple syrup atop a pile of hot, delicious pancakes? Nothing! Come out to the beautiful Arnot Forest to get a jump start on Spring Break as your friends from Primitive Pursuits cook up a tasty breakfast just for you. Grab the whole family, friends, neighbors, and come out for the fun. Bring some cash dollars for the RAFFLE, too :).
MenuThe menu includes: buttermilk pancakes (or gluten free pancakes) scrambled eggs, pork sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, & mini pastries.But wait! It gets better! We will have live music by the talented Travis Knapp! Advance tickets are now available at an EARLYBIRD rate: Adult/Teen $10; Seniors $8; Youth 6-12 $5; Youth 5 and under FREE ($2 additional on day of event). All proceeds benefit the Primitive Pursuits scholarship fund and support our Nature Access for All mission. BUY THEM HERE.
Raising Waterfowl
March 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMIf you would like to learn more about raising waterfowl please join us on March 28, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the Chemung County Fairground in the 4-H Building. We will be going over the basics of raising waterfowl. Topics to be covered in this workshop include purpose, regulations, breeds, brooding, housing, nutrition, health, predator control, breeding, egg production, meat production, marketing, and more.Cost to attend is $5 per person. Pre-registration is suggested in order to ensure enough handouts and refreshments. For more information and to register, please contact Shona Ort at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or
Pruning workshop
March 31st, 2018. 8:00am-12:30pm. Spend the morning on the farm and learn how to prune apple, pear, plum and peach. Then, learn how to bring an older tree back into production. Held at Reisingers Apple Country, 2750 Apple Lane in Watkins Glen. Hosted and lead by The Reisinger Family. Class fee is $25 and. Pre- registration is required by 3/27.For more information please contact Roger Ort, 607-535-7161 or Please visit for additional info and required registration.
Pruning Young Apple Trees
March 31, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. So you have your new orchard trees, but don't know how to prune them. Join us for this hands-on pruning class! Held at CCE Tioga Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building 56 Main Street Owego, NY 13827 Please dress for the weather and wear gloves and eyeglasses or eye protection. Fee$5 Contact Barb Neal Association Community Educator, Horticulture 607-687-4020 ext 304
Orchard Production Basics
April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Are you interested in growing your own fruit trees? Would you like to see an orchard first-hand? If you answered yes to either of these questions then please join us for this upcoming workshop. The Heppner Family of StoneyRidge Orchard and Winery will be covering the basics of orchard production as well as giving a tour of their farm to see different production methods in practice. Topics to be covered include variety selection, planting, spacing, pruning, pest management, and more. Location: StoneyRidge Orchard and Winery (160 Bixby Rd, Erin, NY 14838). Cost: $5 per person. Children under 12 years of age are free. Pre-registration is requested in order to ensure enough handouts and refreshments. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Shona Ort of CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453 ext. 227 or Note: Please dress appropriately for tour! Thermal layers, jackets, hats, gloves, and boots are recommended.
Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management Schools
May 2nd, 2018 in Steuben County at Greg Halich Farm, 6962 CR 2, Addison, NY 14801 and John Burns, 8475 Morgan Creek Road, Lindley, NY 14858Featuring nationally renowned, pasture consultant, farmer and author, Sarah Flack. Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 in Chenango County at Allen Troyer Family Organic Dairy Farm, 583 County Rt. 36 Guilford, NY 13780. 10:00am to 3pm workshops. (Rain or Shine in the field, please dress appropriately) A donation lunch featuring homemade fare will be available.These hands-on pasture walks will focus on improving marginal pastures, how to plan out your rotations, early season grazing approaches, determining the best time to graze plants, fertility management, animal impact grazing techniques, weather related management strategies and in-field farmer training exercises to hone your grazier’s eye.
Pre-registration is required to help plan for lunch and logistics. To reserve your place for this unique early season grazing event please contact: Jonathon Barter, Steuben SWCD at (607) 776-7398 Ext. 3 or Brett Chedzoy, Schuyler CCE at (607) 535-7161 and for Steuben County workshop. Contact Troy Bishopp at (315) 824-9849 Ext. 110 or to register for Chenango County workshop.
For Your Information
United States Farming Practices Survey- Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm.
Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all fruit, vegetable, grain, and field crop producers to identify the biggest challenges that farmers face, as well as the best solutions. Key findings from the survey will be published and communicated to grower organizations and other farmer advocates so that recommendations, actions, and outcomes reflect what growers identify as being most helpful for their operation.
All responses will remain anonymous. If you choose to enter your e-mail address at the end of the survey, you will receive a summary report of the findings and you will be eligible for a chance to win $500. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.You can fill out the survey right now by clicking on this link:United States Farming Practices Survey Please also feel free to send to other growers and farmers for any crop!

Composting Educational Materials
  • Don’t forget about the Compost Use for Improved Soil Poster SeriesPlease contact CWMI if you’d like full size posters printed for your use.
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Agricultural Applications
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Highway Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil General Use
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Reclamation and Remediation
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Roadsides, Street Trees and Medians
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil Slope Stabilization, Erosion Control and Stormwater Management
    • Compost Use for Improved Soil: Make it Use it Urban Applications
    • School Composting – Let’s Get Growing A downloadable 16 page guide for student leaders and teachers. As educators, we have an important task ahead. The next generation of decision-makers is being educated in your classroom. How can you help? By starting this generation off with information and habits that emphasize reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing, recycling and composting whatever we can, and incinerating, landfilling, and finding other technologies to dispose of the rest. This document provides you with: (1) Ideas for incorporating composting into the curriculum. (2) Steps to take to start a school composting/diversion program. (3) Descriptions of successful school composting programs. CWMI has printed copies of this fact sheet. Please contact us if you’d like some mailed to you.

Tax Tips for the Forest Landowner sfor the 2017 Tax Year

Master Bee Keeper Program

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Log-Grown Shiitake: Economics and Management for a Profitable Crop
Multiple dates and locations through out January and Feb- Please click this link to see dates and places. .. Learn more about cultivation at: Those who attend one of the workshops or the online livestream are eligible to participate in an advanced training group and receive one-on-one support for the 2018 growing season. Details of this opportunity will be provided at the workshop. Also, a LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING: Friday, March 2nd online (access anywhere with a high-speed connection)See a Map of the locations: Workshops run from 9am to 4pm, with a catered lunch included. To Register: visit Cost: $30/person includes lunch and handouts. (online livestream 3/2 is $20 (no person turned away for lack of funds- contact for info.)Funding for this project is provided by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered through the New York Farm Viability Institute.Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program

The Tax Tips For Forest Landowners
Well managed forests produce timber and other forest products, provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and other amenities. Non-industrial private woodlands comprise approximately 60% of the nation’s total forests. Providing tailored tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on non-industrial forest lands. For the latest tax information and tips regarding private woodlands, visit:

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Last updated March 13, 2018