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

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers over twenty courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Students connect with other farmers, work on farm plans, and gain practical tips without leaving their home. Course content can be accessed anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. Most courses are six weeks long. Each week features an evening webinar and follow-up readings, videos, and activities. Students and their instructors connect through online forums and live chat. If you aren't able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.
The Art of Fruit Spirits "Eau de Vie"-
November 15th- Have youever wondered what the “water of life” Eau-de-vie really is? In history this fermented drink came from regional areas of Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Northern Italy and the Balkans. Join us in this exciting look at the Fruit Based Liqueurson Wednesday November 15th from 6pm-8:30pm at Finger Lakes Distillery. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $25 to attend. Maximum of 25 attendees. Please call Roger Ort 607-535-7161 with any questions or email
Integrated Pest Management in Hops Webinar
November 16, from 6:30-8pm- Online webinar to cover hop insects, disease, and weed management. Presenters will include Tim Weigle Grape and Hop IPM Specialist with the CLEREL Lab on Lake Erie, Dr.Elizabeth Lamb Cornell Horticulture Specialist, Dr. Jason Townsend former scout, Dr. Lily Calderwood Capital District Horticulture Team, and Steve Miller Cornell Hop Specialist.The webinar will be presented through Cornell Zoom program and you can participate on your computer or phone. Once you register for the webinar at you will receive an email with information on how to log into the webinar. The program will include an emailed handout on scouting procedures for some of the major pests. There are many minor pests that we will cover but there are no specific scouting procedures in place for them at this time but we will discuss when you might be watching for them. For more information, view the Northeast Hops Newsletter.
Building Permanent Raised Beds with Hand Tools
Saturday, November 18th, 9AM - 2PM. Groundswell Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way,
Cost: Sliding Scale, $5-$25, No one turned away for lack of funds.Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will lead a very hands on workshop showing participants strategies and techniques for taking ‘weedy’ areas of shrubs, brambles, tall grasses, young trees, etc., and converting it into permanent raised beds on contour that can be incredibly productive. REGISTER HERE
Second Annual Cut Flower Conference
December 1, 8am-4pm at the Cary Institute, 100 Pond Hill Rd., Rensselaerville, NY. Second cut flower conference offers full agenda to support flower growers statewide. This year's Cut Flower Conference will be held at The Carey Institute Guggenheim Pavilion, 100 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY. Lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant is included in the $45.00 per person admission price. A full agenda of the conference is available at the Cornell Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture's website Register online here. For questions regarding registration, please contact Tove Ford, or (518)765-3518. For questions about the conference, or if you wish to become an exhibitor at the Cut Flower Conference, please contact Lily Calderwood, PhD, or (518)765-3513
Southern Tier Maple School
Dec 2nd from 9:30am to noon- at 3600 State Route 226 Tyrone New York 14887. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s State Maple Specialist, Steve Childs, will lead this annual refresher to help maple producers of all levels improve the productivity, efficiency and profitability of their operations. The workshop will conclude with a maple syrup tasting and grading demonstration. Light refreshments provided. $5 donation at the door. For general information on maple syrup production, please visit: For additional questions, contact Brett Chedzoy of Schuyler CCE at 607-535-7161, or by email at:
Navigating the Ag Labor Maze
December 7, Jordan Hall, 614 W North St., Geneva, NY Save the date for informative half-day workshop on working with foreign born workers. This workshop will provide tips and tools for employers of foreign born agricultural workers. Learn how to build better relations between farmers and workers and
how to establish meaningful communications across cultures. Presenters will address how to create positive workplaces, access to health services, opportunities for English language learning, and tips for worker and employer emergency preparedness. Register online here, or contact Nancy Anderson at 585.394.3977 x427. More information to follow!
Groundswell Center Farm Business Planning Course
Jan 9 – March 6, 2018. Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm (9 week course) Just Be Cause Center, Ithaca, NY 14850 Fee: $90 – $350 Sliding Scale. Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will once again be conducting a Farm Business Planning Course beginning in January 2018. This 9-session course is specifically for people in the early stages of developing an agricultural business. Whether you are just launching your business or have been operating a few years and want to become more strategic in how you move forward, this course will help you expand and increase viability and social impacts. The course is taught by a team of farmer educators, social justice activists, and farm business instructors. Students consistently report that the greatest part of the course is the opportunity to work with farmers and course instructors to outline goals, develop strategies for achieving these goals and get feedback on business plans.
Evergreen Wreath-Making
Saturday, December 9, 9:00am-12:00pm OR 1:00-3:00pm@ 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Road, Ithaca Make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays! Fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons are supplied. Bring any special decorating materials you would like to use to personalize your wreath. Wear casual clothes and bring pruning shears and gloves. CHOOSE FROM 2 TIMES: Early session is for those who have NOT taken this class before, and includes how-to instructions by Master Gardener volunteers. Later class is for those with wreath-making experience. Space is limited to 15 per class; cost is $18/person and includes materials. Online registration at; pre-payment required. Contact Jennie Cramer, , (607) 272-2292 ext. 146.
Empire State Malt and Barley Summit
December 13 & 14, 2017 held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088. On December 13-14, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Liverpool, NY, the first Empire State Barley and Malt Summit will convene. This will be a premier event bringing together leaders in the state’s malting barley value chain from barley growers to malt houses to craft brewers and retailers in order to share technical knowledge and insights on “Ingredients for Success in the New York Malting Barley Value Chain”. You will not want to miss it. Summit program information and registration are available at
Press Bay Holiday Market
Thursday, December 21, 4:30-7:30pm @Press Bay Alley, 116-118 West Green Street, Ithaca. Beat the crowds at the grocery stores and stock up on all of the supplies you'll need for a delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced holiday feast. This market will feature over a dozen local farmers and food producers selling everything you need for a celebration including: vegetables, pastries, apples, herbs, mushrooms, pork, maple syrup, chicken, sausages, apple cider, hard cider, pickles, and more! Shops in Press Bay Alley will be open and selling gifts, coffee, bike gear, herbs, chocolate, and more. Contact Kina or Matt at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, (607) 272-2292 with any questions.

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats and FAMACHA Certification Workshop
January 27th 2018, 9 am - 2:30 pm at Chemung County Fairgrounds (171 Fairview Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845). Lead by Dr. tatiana Stanton, Cornell Sheep and Goat Programs Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting sheep and goats in the Northeast. As a result, producers need to know how to best combat it. In this workshop producers will be taught the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms. As part of this workshop we will also have a hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm) health exams to determine the need for de-worming, and fecal egg counts. You are encouraged to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets in a baggie from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop. Please register with Shona Ort 607-734-4453 ext. 227

For Your Information

Farmer Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) Grant
Online application opens November 5; deadline to apply is December 5, 2017. Grant opportunity to support on-farm research led by farmers. Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. More information available on SARE's website here.

Tax Tips for the Forest Landowner sfor the 2017 Tax Year

Agriculture: Enroll in the Residential Ag. Electric Bill Discount (by Mary Wrege)
It is time to enroll or re-enroll in the Residential Agricultural Discount program offered through National Grid, NYSEG and RG&E. This monthly discount on the electric bill is possible thanks to funding from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) ReCharge NY program. You’re eligible to receive the discount if you meet the two conditions. The first is that you have an active residential electric service account with National Grid, NYSEG or RG&E billed under the following service classifications: National Grid: Rates beginning with Electric SC1 or Electric SC1C; refer to page 2 of your bill. NYSEG: 12001, 12008, or 12012 noted after Electricity Rate on page 3 of your bill. RG&E: PSC 19 SC1 or SC 4 noted after Electricity Service on page 3 of your bill.
The second condition is if you have submitted one of the following forms (supporting documentation) with your most recent federal tax return: IRS Schedule F (associated with Form 1040) - Profit or Loss From Farming or IRS Form 1120, 1120S or 1065 with an eligible Business Activity code.
The discount amount will vary each month and will be based on how many people participate, the amount of electricity used by each participant and available funds from NYPA. The discount amount is multiplied by your monthly billed kilowatt-hours and your discount will appear as a credit in a separate line item, “Res agricultural discount,” on your utility bill.
To apply or re-enroll, just complete a Residential Agricultural Discount application and submit it to your utility company along with your supporting documentation. For more information and the application, contact your utility company. Links are provided below:
National Grid:

Master Bee Keeper Program

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture Webinars- Are every Wednesday and FREE! Courses like "What You Need to Know About the Farm Safety Act", Into to Instragram. Click the link to see the full list of courses.

New Video: "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle- Knowing when an animal is ready for 'finish' or 'slaughter' is extremely important for getting a premium price and satisfying the unique needs of your customers. The Cornell Small Farms Program and the Baskets to Pallets project are pleased to announce a new educational video for livestock producers titled "Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle". Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, takes the viewer on a visual tour of features to assess of both finished and unfinished steers and heifers, including beef breeds and dairy crosses. The video will be an excellent resource for livestock farmers and educators alike. Special thanks to Mike Baker and Lynn Bliven of Allegany County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The 2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management is now available for distribution from The Cornell Store.There are three product options: print only, online access only, and bundle (a combination of print and online access).Ordering Information: Print Copy List Price: $30.00 (shipping NOT Included) Online List Price: $30.00 Bundle (print + online): $42.00 (shipping for print copy not included)County Extension Office Price: $4 off list price for each item (Print, Online, or Bundle) with coupon code (shipping NOT Included) (Please contact me if you have forgotten the coupon code) County Extension offices and other customers may submit orders directly via:*Phone at (844) 688-7620 *FAX at (607) 254-8044*Online at

Please visit this site for information on training and registration for invasive species-

The updated “CCE Hay Manual” is now available at :

Here is a link to malting barley resources at the Cornell Field Crop website:

Cornell Small Farm Program- Check here for workshops and events all around New York State-

Finger Lakes Meat Locker is OPEN- read this article to learn more-

RAPP website – The Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, funded by NYSDEC, is charged in developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage their used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and otherwise minimizing waste from plastics in agriculture.

Visit Cornell’s new Field Crops website at: for the latest information on varieties, integrated pest management and other resources for a successful harvest.

Pasture Management Resources: from K. Hoffman, NYGC Grazette
What’s growing in your pasture? If you have ever wondered what some of the plants are that can be found in your pastures, there are some great resource books that can help you identify them.For most of the cool season grasses, a good pocket guide is “Identifying pasture grasses” from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. It has good photos of most of the seed heads you’ll see, as well as some simple descriptions of other plant characteristics to look for. The guide can be ordered through or downloaded for free

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 November 15, 2017