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June 1st, 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 Farm Program
Small Farms Program Highlights
armed to farmed
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.
Serve Beginning Farmers? Announcing Summer Webinar Series
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 presenting on a wide range of topics. Each topic will be specifically targeted to people who provide support to beginning farmers. The next webinar is on June 21st, 2017 from 12-1pm More details on the webinar and more information on the webinar series can be found  here .
Our Websites Have Merged!
Have you noticed our new look? Yes, we've merged our sister site, the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, with the Small Farms Program website. You can now find all the great features of both sites in one place. Some links have changed.  If you need help finding a favorite spot, head over to our  contact page and send us an email.  Meanwhile, if you're in New York, visit our Local Contacts Map to find the Cornell Cooperative Extension agent closest to you.
Help locate ragweed plants on your farm!
A weed ecology research project out of the School of Integrated Plant Science at Cornell
 University needs your help locating ragweed on organic and conventional farms in New York and northern Pennsylvania for sample collecting. Samples will be used to inoculate ragweed
seedlings in a greenhouse research project which will investigate how microbial factors affect ragweed establishment under different farming systems. Upon completion of the research, the team hopes to present their findings at various extension and outreach conferences  and workshops in NYS. To notify the research team of ragweed on your farm, email  mag449@cornell.edu  with the name of the farm, the address or location of the farm, s ome general information of the farm management practices (cropping history, cultivation, etc), and the n ame, email, and phone number for a farm contact person. Notifications before June 7, 2017 will be considered for the study.
New York Grown & Certified Program Seeks New York State Farms to Apply for Consolidated Grant
If you are a farmer interested in becoming New York Grown Certified through the  New York Grown & Certified program , consider contacting your local Cornell Cooperative Extension educator to express interest.  The NY Grown & Certified Program  is designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers to take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard, and t hey are applying for a block grant which will help agricultural service providers assist regional farmers in meeting the NY Grown & Certified criteria of a level 2 AEM (Agriculture Environmental Management) plan and will help them to complete a successful GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) audit. P roducers should  contact their local CCE educator  to express interest in accessing the consolidated funding grant. Express interest in early June, 2017.
New York Natural Resources Conservation Service announces application cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for 2018
NRCS conservation
New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced  June 16, 2017   as the application cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for Fiscal Year 2018. NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to participants to implement practices which address priority resource concerns, including soil erosion, water quality and habitat degradation with focus areas in soil management, habitat, forestry and grazing. Examples of practices implemented through EQIP include: strip cropping, grassed waterways, forest stand improvement and manure storage facilities. Applicants applying to implement practices to address farmstead resource concerns associated with livestock operations must provide a copy of their Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan to NRCS by July 14, 2017. Applicants applying to implement forest management practices must provide their Forest Management Plan by July 14, 2017. If you are interested in applying for an NRCS conservation program visit here and here.  
Sheep and Goat Farmer Training Workshop
ruminant school workshop If you are interested in learning more about ruminant management, please j oin instructors  from Cornell Cooperative Extension  at the Glynwood FarmCenter's Sheep and Goat School for a workshop which will introduce participants to small ruminant care  including general health guidelines, nutrition overview, lambing and kidding practices, pasture management instruction, an optional breakout session, and more.  The event costs $25. The event will be held on June 7th, 2017 from 10:00am-3:30pm at 362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring NY 10516.  To register, visit here . For more info, call: 845 265-3338
Scouting and Pest Management Workshop 
Colgate Community Garden and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County are continuing the Garden Series with Workshop Two: Scouting and Best Pest Management.
Whether you have a home garden or a small farm, both come with their fair shares of joy and pain. Along with the excitement of the growing season comes the difficulty of dealing with common pests from insect to blight. By understanding how to spot potential damage, prevent further destruction and manage common infestations, you can implement a full pest control strategy wherever you are growing and reap the benefits during harvest. The workshop is taking place on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:30pm and hosted by Common Thread Community Farm located at 3424 Lake Moraine Rd, Madison, NY 13402. Participation is free! To register contact: Alicia Luhrssen at (315) 684-3001 extension 101 or email aml439@cornell.edu.
5th Annual Hudson Valley Small Grains Field Day
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County for the 5th annual Hudson Valley Small Grains Field Day. Events include viewings of the 2017 trials at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub under both organic and conventional IPM management, updates on the small grains research, viewings of equipment used in grains production with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Farm Hub Staff, a grain quality discussion with local bakers involved in the trials, and more.  The events will take place at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub in Kingston, NY on Monday, June 12th, 2017, with a 
morning session from 9:00am-1:30pm and an optional afternoon bus tour from 1:30pm-5:00pmFor a full schedule and registration options, visit here.
Biosecurity for Horse Farms & Effective Quarantine Procedures
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County will be hosting 
the  seminar: Biosecurity  for Horse Farms & Effective Quarantine Procedures. At th e seminar, you will learn to: protect your horses from contagious diseases, set up quarantine/isolation stalls that minimize the risks to healthy horses, recognize early signs of the most common contagious diseases of horses, care for horses with strangles, equine herpe virus and equine influenza and properly disinfect the stall and equipment used on infected horses. The workshop will take place on Wednesday evening, June 14th, 2017 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at CCE-Madison County's Farm and Home Center on 100 Eaton Street, Morrisville, New York 13408. Participation is free! To register contact: Alicia Luhrssen at (315) 684-3001 extension 101 or email  aml439@cornell.edu. More information is located here.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Watershed Agricultural Coordinator in Monroe County
The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District   is hiring   a Watershed Agricultural  Coordinator   to coordinate agricultural programs and projects within the Genesee River Watershed, develop and manage grants, track data and create reports. Experience withagriculture, farm conservation practices and plans, and Geographic Information Systems is required, in addition to a good ability to communicate with state and federal legislators as well as farmers and excellent organizational ability. To request an application for the Monroe County Civil Service position, call (585) 753-7380 or email     kellyemerick@monroecounty.gov   for more information.  Application materials must be received by 4 p.m. on June 5th, 2017.
NCAT Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator in Keene, New Hampshire.
Put your education and experience to work! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator who can create and distribute outreach communications for communities in the Northeast region. The specialist will assist farmers in adopting sustainable agricultural practices to build healthier and more profitable farms and communities while helping to improve environmental conditions for all. NCAT is a private non-profit corporation whose work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy such as ATTRA, the national sustainable agriculture information service and the LIHEAP Clearinghouse. The position will be located in NCAT's office in Keene, New Hampshire. See more information here . Apply by June 16th, 2017 . P
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialists in Ithaca
The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program is looking for two fruit specialists to work with the dynamic agriculture industry located in the Hudson Valley, the greater Capital District and the Champlain Valley.  The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program covers 17 counties in Eastern NY and conducts applied research and extension education that supports fruit and vegetable producers in the eastern NY region. The Fruit Specialist is primarily a Tree Fruit specialist and will work with large apple growers in the Champlain Valley and with smaller diversified growers in the Upper Hudson and Mohawk valley area.  This individual will work closely with the tree fruit specialist in the Hudson Valley and with CCE colleagues in the Lake Ontario region and faculty at Cornell. Please access the application information here and hereThe Fruit Specialist job posting will expire on June 30th, 2017.
UNH Agricultural Business Management State Specialist in Durham, New Hampshire.
The University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension is looking for an Agricultural Business Management State Specialist in Durham, New Hampshire. NH farmers and agricultural business owners look to UNH Cooperative Extension for assistance with their diverse farm management needs. As Extensions's State Specialist in Agricultural Business Management, you can use your expertise and practical experience to make a difference in the lives of New Hampshire's Ag families. The UNH Cooperative Extension Ag Business Management Team is looking for a person with expertise and practical experience. Apply online today here. The position will be open until filled.
Funding Opportunities
SARE Grant Preproposal Deadline
The deadline to submit a preproposal for a Northeast SARE Research and Education grant, a Research for Novel Approaches grant, or a Professional Development grant is July 6, 2017.
A preproposal is a brief concept document that describes project content. Only applicants with an approved preproposal can progress to a full proposal, due in the fall. Learn more about Research and Education awards here, learn more about Research for Novel Approaches grants here, and Learn more about Professional Development awards here. If you have questions that aren't answered in these materials, feel free to call Northeast SARE at 802-651-8335 or send your question via email at nesare@uvm.edu
Delaware County Micro-Enterprise Grant
Are you looking for grant support to start your Farm Business in Delaware County? The Micro- Enterprise Grant (MEG) might be just what you need for a small-scale ag project. The MEG program prioritizes new farm businesses and food businesses that have locally sourced food as a central feature.  The grants are up to $35K and have a 1:1 match. Deadline: September 1, 2017 For more information, go  here  or contact lori.paulson@co.delaware.ny.us (Subject line: Ag MEG), or call  (607) 832-5123.
Farm Worker Housing Loan Funds Available in New York
Farm Credit East is currently taking applications for farm worker housing construction and improvement loans from the New York State Farm Worker Housing (FWH) Loan Program. These loans are available to New York agricultural producers, including fruit, vegetable and  dairy operations. Applicants must demonstrate the need to improve seasonal or year-round farm worker housing, 
which they own or operate, in order for the housing to comply with the applicable state building and health codes or to construct new seasonal or year-round farm worker housing. The funds cannot be used for housing for the farm owner's family.  Agricultural producers may apply to borrow up to $100,000 per year for farm worker housing projects.   For more information, contact your local Farm Credit East office. Agricultural producers may apply at any time; however, funds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information, visit here.
Latest Resources
Red Clover: Antibiotic Alternative for Cattle?
Are you looking for an antibiotic alternative for your cattle? A compound found in a common forage plant may help to reduce use of growth-promoting antibiotics in cattle, goats, sheep, and other ruminants. Scientists in Lexington, Kentucky have discovered a natural antimicrobial compound, biochanin A, in red clover. The compound may be able to inhibit and kill a group of "protein-wasting" bacteria in ruminants that is typically treated with antibiotics. Results from field trials show that cattle given feed mixed with biochanin A show levels of the compound which kills wasteful bacteria and promotes weight gain in animals. For more information, visit this article.
What You Can Tell by Looking At - And Touching - Your Soil
If you are outside and want to know something about the soil you are working with, and don't have any fancy equipment, you can still conduct meaningful research on your soil using your eyes and hands. Learn more about your soil's pH, structure, and organic matter content with these quick tricks. These simple at-home tests give you valuable knowledge about your soil. Doing these tests before your planting season, and amending your soil accordingly, can bring you healthier produce and yard plants.
Get Connected!
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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The Small Farms Update is intended as a resource for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York and the Northeast, and is provided to you by Cornell Small Farms Program. We envision a future where diverse and vibrant urban and rural farms build human capacity, revitalize communities, supply regional food systems, and foster ecological resilience in a changing world. The Cornell Small Farm Program is a joint effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension.