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September 2023

2023 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting

September 1, 2023
1pm - 3pm
Hillcrest Homestead LLC
Caneadea , NY

2023 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting

Do you grow corn silage? Join us at Hillcrest Homestead LLC for a Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meeting! Topics covered in this discussion based meeting include particle size, packing density, inoculant use, agronomics, and much more. This event is free, so bring your corn silage questions!

Social Media Basics and Tomato Tasting

September 7, 2023
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Schul Farmstead
Sandborn, NY

Social Media Basics and Tomato Tasting

The Good Farmers Guild of WNY invites you to a two-part event, Social Media Basics & Tomato Tasting. At 4:30 pm, Aurora Schul Schunk will teach farmers social media basics, and the tomato tasting will start at 5:30. Come to one or both parts of this two-part event!

Empire Livestock Plans for the Future, Presented by new owner Heidi Nicholas

September 13, 2023
6:30pm
Lakewood Fireman's Training Grounds
Lakewood, NY

Everyone interested in learning more about marketing livestock is invited to attend. 

Our guest speaker will be Heidi Nicholas, new owner of the 6 Empire Livestock sale barns and co-owner with her husband Gene of Nicholas Meats, an 800 head/day slaughterhouse near Loganton, Pa. Heidi and Gene also have over 20,000 head on feed at various lots from NY through the west. Heidi will join us to talk about her vision and plan for Empire Livestock, including the ramping up of beef marketing sales, renovation of barns, bringing in out of state buyers, board sales and more. 

Grazing Dairy Technology Farm Tour

September 14, 2023
1pm-3pm
Cottonwood Farms, LLC
Pavilion, NY

Grazing Dairy Technology Farm Tour

At this free event, we will learn how the Tillotsons' multigenerational Cottonwood Farms manages their organic grazing system in conjunction with their automated milking system.  We will also hear about their soil health and conservation practices. Tillotson will also be able to speak about his experience embracing other technologies to help manage the farm and implement sustainable practices.

Virtual Broiler Field Day

September 20, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Online Webinar - Zoom

Virtual Broiler Field Day

Learn the ins and outs of setting up your processing equipment, processing chickens, adding value through cuts, and pricing your chicken to make a profit!

Is Grazing Sheep Beneath Solar Arrays and Opportunity for Your Future?

September 25, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Livingston County Murray Hill office campus
Mt. Morris, NY

Is Grazing Sheep Beneath Solar Arrays and Opportunity for Your Future?

Grazing sheep beneath utility-scale solar arrays can build wealth of present and future sheep farmers as vegetation management service providers and access to additional pasture. The Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program (CEP) conducted a survey earlier this year completed by over 600 farmers. Farmers identified barriers to grazing sheep under solar arrays and weighed in on need for a producer-led organization to negotiate contracts on their behalf, coordinate logistics of multiple flocks, provide transport of sheep to and from the site, care for sheep while on-site, and provide supplemental mowing. Additional questions focused on processing and marketing needs.

Technology for Grazing Dairies Webinar

September 27, 2023
12pm-1pm
Virtual - Zoom

Technology for Grazing Dairies Webinar

Join us for this free webinar!  Brought to you by the dairy specialists of CCE NWNY and SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Programs.

October 2023

Protecting Against Murphy's Law: A FREE Live Seminar for Veterans.

October 4, 2023
6pm
Webinar

What Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong!

Good ole' Murphy's Law is probably the best description of what it's like to be a farmer that there is! Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Business Management Specialist, Katelyn Walley-Stoll, to learn more about the 5 areas of risk on farms and how to develop strategies to manage those risks. Participants will have the opportunity to identify areas of risk on their own farms and brainstorm ways to (try to) prevent the inevitable! 
Registration is REQUIRED by visiting https://tinyurl.com/CCERisk or call Kelly at 585-268-7644. 

WEBINAR: Technology for Grazing Dairies Webinar: Paddock Trac - A New Way to Measure Pasture

October 4, 2023
12pm - 1pm EST
Webinar

WEBINAR: Technology for Grazing Dairies Webinar: Paddock Trac - A New Way to Measure Pasture

Are you interested in grazing, an experienced grazier, or just fascinated by new technology? Join CCE and DGA for a webinar to discover the PaddockTrac technology! This technology is still under testing but is a promising tool for future data-driven pasture management. 

Tools for Calculating Forage Availability - Fall Grazing Pasture Walk

October 6, 2023
12pm - 3pm
Birds-All Farm
Canaseraga, NY

Tools for Calculating Forage Availability - Fall Grazing Pasture Walk

Join us for an interactive pasture walk focused on tools to assist you in calculating forage availability to match livestock needs and paddock size.

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA Workshop

October 10, 2023
6pm - 8:30pm
Alfred State College Farm
Alfred, NY

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA Workshop

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting small ruminants in the Northeast. Dewormer resistance is becoming commonplace. As a result, producers need to know how best to manage parasites. In this workshop, producers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms.

Artificial Insemination Training for Beef and Dairy

October 9 - October 11, 2023

An AI training is being planned in Chautauqua County for October 9-11, 2023 for beef and dairy cattle producers and farm employees interested in learning how to breed cows. 

The cost will be $200 per person, which will include the classroom session, hands-on Artificial Training at a farm and materials. 

Participants will need to bring their own lunch.

Registration deadline 9/22 

Register by contacting Lisa Kempisty  |   716.664.9502 ext. 203   |   ljk4@cornell.edu

Research on Customer Spending at NY Farmers Markets: Early Results and Farmer Recruitment

October 5, 2023
October 12, 2023

6:30pm - 8pm
Webinar

Electronic Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, such as the commonly used Square app, present farmers market vendors with an opportunity to gather data and learn from customer shopping habits. In turn, this data can be analyzed to reveal growth opportunities. POS provides a quick and easy means for farms to assess their marketing performance, make changes, and test for results. Matt LeRoux and Todd Schmit at Cornell's Agricultural Marketing Research Program are working with NY's farms to collect data using POS in direct-to-consumer channels and continue to recruit more farms for the project.  

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA Workshop

October 12, 2023
6pm - 8:30pm
Alfred State College Farm
Alfred, NY

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA Workshop

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting small ruminants in the Northeast. Dewormer resistance is becoming commonplace. As a result, producers need to know how best to manage parasites. In this workshop, producers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms.

Fall Cover Crop Field Day

October 17, 2023
4 pm - 6 pm
Cornell University - Leland Laboratory
Ithaca, NY

Join members of Cornell's New York Soil Health Team, Cayuga and Tompkins Soil and Water Districts, and King's AgriSeeds/Cayuga Ag Enterprises to view and discuss summer and fall planted cover crops. 

Farm Disaster Preparation Online Certificate Training

October 17, 2023
October 19, 2023

6pm-9pm
Zoom

Farm Disaster Preparation Online Certificate Training

The Farm Disaster Preparation program will help farm owners plan for and manage possible disasters. This program focuses on practical pre-disaster education and preparedness regarding farm equipment safety on the road, fire or structure collapse, storm and wind damage, criminal activity, farm chemical risks, and biosecurity. Farms that complete the training will receive a certificate to provide to their insurer and may be eligible for a credit or discount toward the farm's annual insurance premium. The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances but can be up to a 10 percent discount.

Meat Processing and Marketing Workshop

October 19, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Town of Aurora Senior Center
East Aurora, NY

Meat Processing and Marketing Workshop

Farms participating in this jam-packed workshop will hear from experts on topics covering evaluating livestock for optimal harvest timing, working with your processor (including navigating difficult situations), determining if value-added products are worth it, advertising and selling meats, an introduction to MeatSuite.com, and creating consumer-friendly bulk meat sales.

AgriConnect - Farm Labor (For CCE and Cornell Educators) !

October 24, 2023
10am - 3pm
Jordan Hall (Cornell AgriTech)
Geneva, NY

Bringing together CCE and Cornell University Educators & Specialists to Cultivate Discussions on Key Agricultural Labor Topics

2023 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium

October 27 - October 29, 2023

2023 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium

Each year the Cornell Dept. of Animal Science puts on the Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium. Co-sponsors for 2023 include Cashmere Goat Association, Empire Sheep Producers Assoc. and NYS Dairy Goat Breeders Assoc.

The 2023 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium is scheduled for Oct 27th through 29th on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY. Goat and sheep raisers and industry stakeholders are welcome to register for the whole event or individual days. Friday Oct 27th is devoted to advance sign-up workshops on: 1) learning to process sheep and goat for meat - Jess Waltemyer, 2) Learning to do a field necropsy - Dr. Mary Smith DVM, 3) Demos and hands-on practicals for new goat and sheep raisers - Betsy Hodge and Dr. tatiana Stanton, and later in the evening, 4) Intro to artificial insemination - Dr. Megan Bernard, DVM. 

November 2023

Make a Farm Business Plan that Works for You! A FREE Live Seminar for Veterans.

November 1, 2023
6pm
Webinar

Without a plan, how will you know where you're going?

Business plans for farms are often viewed as yet another chore to do and usually result in dusty binders taking up space on the office shelf. This discussion based workshop will walk you through the mental exercise of planning your future agricultural adventures. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the use of a business plan, the essential components, and a "to-do" list of things to think about to inform future planning efforts. Additional opportunities for one-on-one follow up will also be offered. FSA Borrower credits may be made available for your attendance. 
Registration is REQUIRED by visiting https://tinyurl.com/FarmBizCCE or call Kelly at 585-268-7644. 

BQA Level II Training and NYBPA Region 1 Farm Tour and Potluck

November 4, 2023
10:30am - 4:30pm
Phillips Farm Inc.
North Collins, NY

BQA Level II Training and NYBPA Region 1 Farm Tour and Potluck

Join us for Level 1 and 2 BQA training, following the NYBPA Region 1 farm tour and potluck at Phillips Farm Inc.. All beef producers are welcome to attend the tour, potluck, and training. This class will also serve as continuing education to maintain BQA certification.

Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

November 14, 2023
November 17, 2023
November 20 - November 21, 2023November 29 - December 1, 2023
10am-2:30pm

Farm Asset Protection Strategies: Safeguarding Agricultural Legacies for Future Generations

Join us for a workshop on farm asset protection to help you preserve long-standing agricultural legacies. In these uncertain times, safeguarding valuable farm assets has become paramount to ensure our farming communities' continued success and sustainability. Each participant will receive written materials and a flash drive containing various resources. Morning refreshments and lunch are included.


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Upcoming Events

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
Aurora, NY

The annual Cornell Field Crop Research Field Day will be Thursday, August 1 at the Musgrave Research Farm, Aurora, N.Y. The program features walking and hay wagon tours in the morning and afternoon. 

2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm

August 19, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Laughing Earth Farm
Cropseyville, NY

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Zack and Annie Metzger will be our hosts. They have run this 200 year-old small diversified farm for 8 years. They process their poultry in a 20C kitchen, where they produce value-added products like sausage and dehydrated chicken feet.

2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm

August 20, 2024 : 2024 Broiler Field Day at Majestic Farm
Mountaindale, NY

Join us for a free field day to explore broiler production, processing, and finances. Brett and Sara Budde will be our hosts. They raise slow-growth organic broilers on their diversified farm in large flocks on woodland pasture. Their birds are processed into whole birds, parts, and chicken sausage.

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