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June 15th, 2017

The Small Farms update summarizes announcements, resources, opportunities and upcoming events relevant to small farms.  Please feel free to share this information in newsletters, email lists, etc. If you would like to submit an item for an upcoming issue,  please visit our new online form. Subscribe here.  Thank you again for your interest and support of small farms in New York.   

Anu Rangarajan,  Director, Cornell Small Farms Program
Small Farms Program Highlights

Summer Webinar Series: Supporting Urban Farmers
Do you provide support to beginning farmers? This Summer webinar series is for you! This summer, one Wednesday per month, the Cornell Small Farms Program will facilitate a lunchtime webinar featuring small farm specialists. This week, p lease join the Molly Riordan Bucknum and learn about about how service providers can support urban farmers on June 21, 12-1pm. Register here More details on the webinar and webinar series can be found  here .

Armed to Farmed: New York State Veteran Workshop
Veterans in New York State are invited to participate in  the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training, hosted by The National Center for Appropriate Technology in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. The training will give veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.  ATF is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4, 2017 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY, and is free for those chosen to attend. Apply here by June 23rd.

NYS Grown & Certified to Include Dairy  Products
This week, the  NYS Grown & Certified announced its expansion to include the New York dairy industry. The initiative, which is working to distinguish products that are local and made by producers who meet safe food handling best practices and demonstrate environmental stewardship, will begin to allow dairy producers to use the NYS Certified label on their products beginning next month. The initiative hopes to better promote New York dairy and boost New York's  agricultural  industry as a whole. For more information on the inclusion of dairy in the certification initiative, visit here . For more information on the certification process, visit here .
Applications being accepted for custom craft beverage production centers in NYS
Interested in craft beverage production? Beginning this week, applications are being accepted under a new license authorizing method to allow custom craft beverage production centers to provide space and equipment to those looking to produce beer, wine, or cider for home consumption. Licenses are available to current craft manufacturers seeking to establish a secondary business at their current location as well as businesses seeking to open a standalone custom homemade craft beverage production center. Find more information  here.
The Stocker Short Course
Interested in learning about stocker cattle? This course is designed for farmers of all experience levels to learn about managing stocker cattle (calves purchased and raised for grazing, then sold to a finisher after adding weight economically using relatively inexpensive, excess pastures).  Students completing the course will leave with a business plan, practical experience and knowledge to support their entry into the stocker business. The course begins June 24th, 2017 and runs on the last Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm until May 2018. Most sessions will be held in the 
Hornell/Alfred region of NY, with other on-site locations to be determined by the topic.  Contact Barb Jones to register, bjj6@cornell.edu, 607-255-7712.  Space is limited to 30 persons. Visit here for more information.
Farm Open House for Military Veterans and Their Families
Join host farm Burley Berries at an open house for veterans who are curious about, aspiring to be, or are currently farming. Active and Retired Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend this family event filled with education and fun. Activities include learning about strawberry growing, a strawberry picking activity, a pasture walk and butter making activity, a family scavenger hunt, and a dinner. The event will be held rain or shine. There is no fee if you pre-register for this event. Fee for walk-ins will be $5/person. Pre-register by June 15th for a guaranteed meal. The event will be held on June 25th, 2017 from 2-5pm. The farm is located at 6335 Route 20A East in Warsaw, NY 14569. To pre-register contact Lynn Bliven at 582-268-7644 ext. 18 or email lao3@cornell.edu. For more information, visit here.
Food Labeling Laws Class for Entrepreneurs
Interested in food labeling? This workshop will help you navigate the differentlabeling  regulations and will cover topics such as the basic layout of a label, how to make product claims (high fiber, low sodium), how to make health claims (e.g., can lower your incidence of coronary heart disease), and where to find publicly available resources for food manufacturers. The class will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan Count Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty, NY.  Find more information or register  here .
Invasive Species Integrated Pest Management Conference
New York is a hotspot for invasive species. At risk are ecosystem services, human health, food security, and New York's abundant natural areas.The Third Annual NYS Integrated Pest Management conference brings together a wide range of speakers to address the scope of the problem. How many invasive species are already here? What's the risk of new invaders? What we can do about it? Join to learn, discuss - and plan. The conference will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:30am-4:30pm Key Auditorium, Roger Bacon Hall, Siena College, Loudonville, NY. Register or find more information  here until July 11th. 
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Cornell Cooperative Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist in Ithaca
Cornell Cooperative Extension seeks a dynamic leader to provide commercial crop and vegetable growers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources to advance precision agriculture and new technology to production and management practices in Western New York. The position is a joint appointment with two CCE Regional Agriculture Teams: the Cornell Vegetable Program and the  Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. See full posting and apply  here. The job posting will expire on  June 30th, 2017.
Crop & Livestock Certification Coordinator in Binghamton
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA) seeks a full-time crop and livestock certification coordinator for their office in Binghamton, NY. The coordinator will be  responsible for the intake and flow of certification applications through the certification process. They must ensure that an application is complete, and monitor its progress through the entire certification process.  See here  and here for more information. The position is open until filled.
Seed Sales and Marketing Manager in Accord
Are you a detail-oriented horticultural enthusiast?  Hudson Valley Seed Co., located in  Accord, NY, is seeking a full-time sales and marketing manager to develop and execute sales and marketing campaigns, identify advertising channels, manage and support small sales staff, and more. 3 to 5 years of sales and marketing experience in the food or garden sector are preferred. Email Doug at  doug@hudsonvalleyseed.com for more details and to apply. The position is open until filled.
Funding Opportunities
Funding available for dairy farmers
The New York Farm Viability Institute is providing grant funding to help dairy farmers bring outside experts to work with them as a team to develop short- and long-term priorities for the farm. Depending on a farm's size, a team may include a nutritionist, veterinarian, crop specialist and banker. The farmer identifies the team members and possible facilitators for the group. If the farm doesn't have a facilitator in mind, Farm Viability can help identify one. Up to $3000 of the consulting costs associated with the profit team meetings are eligible for reimbursement through the grant.  Visit   here  for more details. Q uestions may be sent to profitteam@nyfvi.org. 
Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant available
The USDA's, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) and the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Golden Field Office, Bioenergy Technologies Office announce the interagency program to support the development of a biomass-based industry in the United States. The grant covers technical areas of feedstocks development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis. A concept paper is due by Friday, July 7, 2017, and applications close in mid-September. For more information visit here.
Latest Resources
Protecting your alfalfa crop
Want to protect your alfalfa crop from alfalfa snout beetle but don't know how? The devastating pest is considered to be the most limiting factor of alfalfa production as a key feed crop for the livestock industries in northern New York. You may want to consider applying bio-control nematodes to help control the pest and increase resilience. Specialists recommend applying before September 1st. For more information, visit here and here.
Guide on Managing Risks of Interns and Volunteers Available Online
Looking to bring interns or volunteers onto your farm? Farm Commons has released a free online guide which overviews e mployment laws that apply to interns, apprentices, and volunteers. The guide covers obligations to provide minimum wage, to pay workers' compensation, and to contribute payroll taxes depending on whether State or Federal agricultural labor exemptions apply. Find it here
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Need personal help?
Sometimes local questions are best answered by your neighborhood Cornell Cooperative Extension agent. Check out our county-by-county listing of small farm agents here. You can also get to know our Cornell Small Farms Program  staff, or contact us. Just starting to farm? We have an extensive resources available in the " Plan Your Farm" section of our website.
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