Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Horticulture, S. Central NY
michael at fingerlakespermaculture.org
Wed Feb 16 11:52:58 EST 2011
From: "Catherine A Barnes" <cab377 at cornell.edu>
Upcoming events in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Horticulture
in the South Central New York Region
Renting Farmland: How to Establish and Manage a Good Lease- Wednesday,
February 16, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Cornell Cooperative Extension
Center 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Thousands of acres in the
Finger Lakes are farmed under rental arrangements, but the parties involved
often overlook important elements of agriculture land rental. This workshop
will take a close look at what should be in a farm rental arrangement to
benefit the farm and the landowner as much as possible. We will share details
about determining rental rates, property tax programs for rented land, and
insurance and legal considerations, with presentations from Carol Maue of
Chamberlain D'Amanda and John Hanchar of the NWNY Extension Team. Class fee:
$10.00 per person or farm, includes handouts. REGISTER: Call Nancy Anderson at
585-394-3977 x427 or send name, address and phone number to
nea8 at cornell.edu<mailto:nea8 at cornell.edu>
Know Your Markets-Grow Your Returns- Saturday, Feb 19th 9am-noon- Saturday,
Feb 19, 2011 -This session will focus on market channels and returns,
marketing opportunities in our region that you may not have considered, and
the importance of tracking marketing costs. How do you know which market
channels you use are profitable? Are there other opportunities that might give
you a higher return for the amount of labor you put in? If you are looking for
new markets, learn about what you need to make an effective sales call.
Increase your marketing success! Instructors: Matthew LeRoux and Monika Roth,
CCE SCNY Agriculture Team Marketing Specialists. Time: 9:30 AM - Noon.
Location: CCE Tioga County, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St. Owego.
Fee: $10 per person/$15 per farm couple. To register call 607-687-4020 or
email mew58 at cornell.edu<mailto:mew58 at cornell.edu>.
The 2011 Crop Symposium- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County's
will be held Tuesday, February 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Civil
Defense Center in Bath. Gain a better understanding of key disease pests
affecting field crop yields and quality, and strategies you can use to protect
your crops, learn about problematic weed species and changing herbicide
options. You will also hear more about the latest zone tillage equipment and
the benefits this tillage option holds for Southern Tier Farms. This program
has been approved by New york State Department of Environmental Conservation
for 2.5 pesticide recertification credits in categories 1a, 10, 21 and 23.
Reservations are greatly appreciated. Please call 607-664-2300 by Friday, Feb.
18 so we can make lunch arrangements. Make checks payable to CCE-Steuben
County and write Crop Symposium in the notes section of your check.
Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening- Wednesday February 23, 2011: 06:30
PM - 08:30 PM. Learn where to site your garden, how to prepare the soil, how
to start seeds, how to plant, when to mulch, which easy veggies to try first,
and so on. Pat Curran, Horticulture Educator, also will discuss favorite
varieties, container gardening, and harvesting tips. $5/person. Please
pre-register so we can prepare a sufficient number of handouts. Patricia
Curran Event Coordinator (607) 272-2292
pc21 at cornell.edu<mailto:pc21 at cornell.edu>.
Purchasing and Maintaining Small Farm Machinery- Saturday, February 26, 2011.
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Cornell Cooperative Extension Center. 480 North Main
Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Canandaigua, NY - Your farm might be small, but
the expense of buying and maintaining the necessary equipment for the farm can
be quite large. Nonetheless, power equipment and machinery like tractors,
tillers, and balers are all part of small farm life. In this new class from
Cornell Cooperative Extension, agriculture equipment specialist Jonathan "JJ"
Schell will provide useful information and insights about buying and
maintaining farm equipment. Topics include how to work with tractor dealers,
understanding specifications like horsepower and wheelbase, and what parts of
the machinery need attention season in and season out, with emphasis on
maintenance routines to keep your equipment humming and trouble-free. This
class is especially good for farm operators who are not mechanically-inclined
but need to have the basics to avoid unnecessary costs to the farm. Class
fee: $15 per person. Pre-registration required by February 25, 2011 by calling
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at (585) 394-3977 x427 or
e-mail Nancy Anderson nea8 at cornell.edu<mailto:nea8 at cornell.edu>
Ithaca's 3rd Annual Designing with Native Plants- Friday March 4, 2011 at 8:30
AM ESTSaturday March 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM EST. Please visit
for registration and additional information. Conference will be held at La
Tourelle Resort and Spa 115 Danby Road Ithaca NY. Contact Daniel Segal
607-533-7193 or email dan at plantsmen.com<mailto:dan at plantsmen.com> with
The Business Side of Farming - Saturday, March 5, 2011 - This session focuses
on sharpening your business skills from the records you need and how to use
them for business analysis. We will also share information on business
services and resources available to you. Learn about farm and crop
recordkeeping systems that are on-farm tested as well as typical analysis
tools including cash flow, income statements, balance sheets, etc. that help
you know where you are and if you are making progress in the growth of your
business. Instructors: John Bokaer Smith, Westhaven Farm Vegetable & Fruit CSA
Farm, Ithaca; Richard Overton, Financial Consultant, Cornell FarmNet Program.
Time: 9:30 AM - Noon. Location: CCE Tompkins County, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca.
Fee: $10 per person/$15 per farm couple. To register call 607-277-2292 or
email mjc72 at cornell.edu<mailto:mjc72 at cornell.edu>.
The Building Blocks of a Champion Farm- March 8th (6:30-8:00 pm) Business and
succession planning, as well as people, financial and time management will be
covered by farm business specialist Jim Grace of Steuben CCE. Sponsored by
Schuyler County Farm Bureau with cooperation from Cornell Cooperative
Extension. Local delicacies will be served as part of the evening's
refreshments. To help us plan for the event, please RSVP by calling Cornell
Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County at 607- 535-7161, or email Cathy at
cab377 at cornell.edu<mailto:cab377 at cornell.edu>. Human Services Complex; 323
Owego St; Montour Falls, NY.
2011 Southern Tier Nursery and Landscape Education Day- Thursday March 10th
7:45am to 4:00pm. Owego Treadway Inn 1100 State Route 17C Owego NY. Please
contact Jabe Warren with question and registration information
jew223 at cornell.edu<mailto:jew223 at cornell.edu> or call 607-734-4453.
Tractor Workshop for Small Farms- Is there a tractor in your future?
Saturday, March 12, 9 AM - Noon. Small Farmers and Rural Landowners
considering purchasing a tractor or who need some basic operation,
maintenance, and safety practices are invited to attend a workshop being held
on The workshop is being sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension South
Central NY Agriculture Program and is being held at Dryden Lawn & Recreation
on Route 13, 54 North St., in the Village of Dryden. The dealership carries
and repairs smaller tractors that are suitable for small farm use.
Instructors include Fred Carpenter, owner of the John Deere dealership, and
Dave Buck, Lansing farmer, who has been actively involved in teaching tractor
safety courses. To register for the workshop call Cooperative Extension at
607-272-2292 or email mjc72 at cornell.edu<mailto:mjc72 at cornell.edu>. There is a
$5 fee for this class payable at the door. Dress warmly; workshop is mostly
indoor in a heated garage.
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop- Same workshop held on two different days. March
19th and March 26th. This fun, educational workshop is ideal for those that
are new to fruit growing as well as the seasoned fruit grower. The Cornell
Cooperative Extension offices of Schuyler and Steuben Counties along with
Reisinger's Apple Country are offering a pruning workshop on Saturday March
19, 2011 and will be repeated Saturday March 26, 2011 from 9am until noon.
Instructor Rick Reisinger will demonstrate pruning techniques on apples, stone
fruits, nuts and berries throughout his family orchard at 2750 Apple Lane,
Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Other topics that will be covered include grafting and
apple tree and renovating an older tree to improve fruit production. This is
an outdoor demonstration; participants should dress for the weather.
Preregistration is required by March 4, 2011 for admission to either workshop.
The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Cider and donuts will be
provided. Call Schuyler County CCE to register at 607-535-7161.
News from the Cornell Small Farms Program- After a year of development, the
Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is pleased to unveil a colorful new website
with expanded tools and a wealth of new resources. Point your browser to
http://nebeginningfarmers.org to find the enhanced site, which will extend
high quality support to aspiring, new and diversifying farmers across the
Spring Seedling Sales Underway! Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation
District for information on their individual tree and shrub seedling programs,
or visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9395.html for information on
seedlings available from the NYS Nursery in Saratoga. A tree planting
bulletin is available from Cornell Cooperative Extension at:
Free Assessments and Incentives Available for Farm Energy Upgrades- NYSERDA's
Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program provides free assessments (up to $1,500)
to identify cost-effective energy improvements. Grants are available for up
to 75 percent of the costs to update lighting, install high-efficiency motors
and fans, and other projects that will save energy. According to NYSERDA, a
typical farm can save $2,700 to $4,000 per year on an investment of $4,800 to
$7,000. Funding is extremely limited and farms will be chosen on a first-come,
first-served basis. It's important to act very quickly to sign-up if you are
interested. For more information and a link to the two page program
application visit http://www.nyserda.org/programs/Agricultural/default.asp.
NOFA-NY Introduces New Farm Technical Assistance Help Line -The Northeast
Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY) is excited to announce the launch of
its new Help- Line for technical assistance questions relating to organic
farming. Have a nagging issue or question about who, what, when, or how
regarding organic? Try the NOFA-NY Help Line to help reduce risks associated
with organic agriculture in your future. This free call is available now.
Call toll free, 1-855-2NOFANY, or 1-855-266-3269. You may also ask questions
via email by contacting Robert Perry at
robert at nofany.org<https://exchange.cornell.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=b270dbb93f6c4d13b549353d696763ac&URL=mailto%3arobert%40nofany.org>
The Pesticide Management Education Program now has a distance learning center-
This site is the home to on-line pesticide applicator courses produced by
Cornell Cooperative Extension. Each one qualifies for New York DEC
Interested in Doing Something With Your Land? Whether you're wondering about
small scale farming options or simply want to generate income to help offset
the taxes, Cornell's Small Farms program produces the SMALL FARMS QUARTERLY
magazine full of articles on small scale agriculture and land use issues.
Monthly updates will keep you in touch with a schedule of classes that are
open to the public. To be added to the email list or receive a printed copy
contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County at 607-734-4453.
New USDA Grant Awards Mean $3million Investment in Northeast Beginning
Farmers. Erica Frenay at 607-255-9911 or
ejf5 at cornell.edu<https://exchange.cornell.edu/owa/redir.aspx?C=b270dbb93f6c4d13b549353d696763ac&URL=mailto%3aejf5%40cornell.edu>
2011 Gas Lease Workshop for Farmers- February 25, 2011 12pm to 3pm- Donoli's
Restarant 6510 Route 434 Apalachin NY 13732. Discussion topics include
Financial Straegies, Market volatility and your finances, estate planning
strategy. Please contact Kathy Clark Frisbie 607-763-1426 or email
kathyclark at axa-advisors.com<mailto:kathyclark at axa-advisors.com>.
Making Your Own Maple- February 26th 9:30am to noon- Everything the new
sugarmaker needs to know to get started. Presented by NYS Maple Specialist,
Steve Childs. Hosted at Hamley's Sugarbush; Barton, NY. $10 registration
includes old fashion pancake breakfast. To help us plan for the event, please
RSVP by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County at
607-535-7161, or email cab377 at cornell.edu<mailto:cab377 at cornell.edu>
Marcellus Shale and Agriculture: Leasing, Land and Finances. February 25th
(9am-noon). Presented by member of the Cornell Natural Gas Team at the NY farm
Show; Syracuse, NY. For more information, visit
NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION SEMINAR: NY Gas Development Update & Leasing
Considerations. An educational seminar on natural gas exploration is scheduled
for Monday February 28th, from 7pm to 9pm at the New York State Grange
Headquarters in Cortland, NY. The seminar will focus on future leasing
considerations, how to ensure an expired lease is released by gas companies
along with an update on gas development in NY. Brett Chedzoy, an expert from
Cornell Cooperative Extension will be providing an update on the current
status of gas development in NY and highlight key leasing recommendations for
landowners. Joe Heath, Esq. will be on hand explaining the process of getting
an expired lease released by a gas company. He will also share some of the
tactics gas companies are using to attempt to extend existing leases, some of
which are preventable. The seminar will also take a glimpse at our neighbors
in Pennsylvania, painting a picture of what our landscape may look like when
exploration activities commence in NY. This seminar is sponsored by the
Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and is free and
open to the public. If you have any questions about the seminar or any of the
services or programs provided by the SWCD please call 607-756-5991 or visit
the SWCD website at www.cortlandswcd.org<http://www.cortlandswcd.org>.
A Systems Approach to Energy Transitions: Land, Economic and Community
Transformations- March 30th and 31stFor municipal officials, professional
planners, extension educators, planning and zoning board members, community
leaders and land managers grappling with how we will responsibly and
sustainably meet the energy demands of the Northeast. Further information will
be available by mid-January at naturalgas.cce.cornell.edu.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County provides equal program and
employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be
requested by calling CCE of Schuyler County at 607-535-7161 no later than one
week before the beginning of any event to make arrangements. Requests
received after this date will be met when possible.
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Montour Falls, NY 14865
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