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September 1, 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

We Still Have Room for You at the 2017 Cornell Maple Camp!
Cornell Maple Camp is designed to provide beginner and less experienced maple producers with focused, hands-on, intensive training to help them produce maple products with greater efficiency and profitability.  Key topics include m easuring and managing sugarbush for improved tree growth, health and productivity, p lanning and installing a tubing system, l earning  directional tree felling and low impact tree harvesting, and more. For more information and registration, go to www.cornellmaple.com or http://blogs.cornell.edu/cornellmaple.
Registration Open for Small Farm Online Courses!
The Cornell Small Farms Program announces open registration for our 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses building the technical and business skills of farmers. Expert farmers and extension educators guide students through the latest research-based information to help improve efficiency and increase profit on small farms.  Students have the opportunity to 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. Learn more and browse courses here!
2017 Farmers of the Year Nominations
Minority Landowner Magazine will publish their Annual Farmers of the Year issue this fall. In this issue they will feature minority "Farmers of the Year" as formally or informally selected by universities, community-based organizations, USDA agencies, and state agriculture and forestry agencies. This is not a competition but rather an opportunity for you to share the story of a farmer, rancher or forest landowner who is doing great work in their community representing agriculture. Please download and complete the nomination form and submit along with a quality high resolution jpeg digital photograph no later than September 22, 2017. Send all information by email to  minoritylandowner@earthlink.net. You can find a copy of the 2016 Farmers of the Year issue on our website  www.minoritylandowner.com.
USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation's largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. This agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them grow and thrive in agri-business. This initiative will be another tool to empower the work of many community-based organizations, cooperative extension and land grant universities, working with beginning farmers in their communities. Read the full press release for more information, as well as for instructions for individuals interested in becoming mentors.
Livestream the 2017 Young Farmers Conference!
The 2017 Young Farmers Conference is your opportunity to engage with a gathering of beginning farmers, chefs and leaders in the food and agriculture movement to explore practical approaches and innovative ideas for changing our food system.  If you're unable to join us for this year's conference, you can watch from home! Select sessions will be streamed live--and we're looking for a few  dedicated fans to host watching parties!  If you're interested, please email  yfc@stonebarnscenter.org . For more information, visit the  Young Farmers Conference webpage .
2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference
The 2018 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference will take place on January 13th at Worcester State University.  The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales. If you have knowledge to share on our theme or on another topic in organic farming and gardening, please submit a workshop proposal using our workshops proposal form. To discuss your workshop topic, please contact the Workshops Coordinator, Caro, at wcworkshops@nofamass.org or give her a call at 508-360-0874. For more information about the conference, visit www.nofamass.org/events/wcPlease mark your calendars and consider submitting a workshop proposal! 
The IPM Toolbox - Fall Webinar Series
September 11, 13, & 25, 2017. Online.
Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has the answers with the Fall webinar series "The IPM Toolbox," which is scheduled for three days over the next month. In the first, Laura Harrington (Cornell University) will discuss vector borne diseases. On September 13, Scott Isard, Director, and Julie Golod (Penn State) will present the integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education. In the last webinar (September 25), leading experts will be talking about proven techniques to avert and control Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) infestations. For more information and to register, click here.
Learn to Write a Successful Business Plan 
September 6, 2017, 1-3pm. 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd #1, Liberty, NY 12754
Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) is offering two identical workshops this fall focusing on writing a business plan, sponsored by Sullivan County SCORE. Participants starting a new business or building on existing knowledge can benefit from this opportunity. Register for this class, which costs $15, by calling  845-292-6180 , emailing  sullivan@cornell.edu , or visiting  www.sullivancce.org. Stay tuned for another similar workshop hosted by CCESC, which will take place November 29, 2017.
Growing American Ginseng in Western NY
September 13, 2017, 5-8pm.  5435A County Road 48  Belmont, NY 14813
Join Ginseng Expert Bob Beyfuss for a classroom presentation followed by woods walk. This program is designed to teach participant how to get started growing American ginseng on forested land in Western New York. This class will begin by teaching you how to assess a forested site for suitability for growing wild simulated ginseng.  Participants will receive a copy of  The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng  by Bob Beyfuss. Please pre-register as spaces are limited. More information here.
Strategic Marketing Conference - Getting Started in Agri-tourism
September 20-21, 2017. Becker Farms, 3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067
Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and
Management at Cornell University are offering a hands-on workshop to prepare farms in New York, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets using agri-tourism. Take this fantastic opportunity to hear from speakers from around the state as they discuss how to start and market an agri-tourism business, and take a bus tour of a number of agri-tourism businesses in Western NY. You can find the agenda and register here.
MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.
Career, Etc. Opportunities
Seven Bridges Farm Seeking Assistant Farm Manager
Seven Bridges Farm, located in Lima, NY, is seeking a skilled person to assist in the management of the health and wellbeing of their animals and to be a part of their family farm with the opportunity for a future partial ownership. Delegating and following through with employees is a necessary skill, and good record keeping is a must. There is the opportunity to work in the retail end of their business. Knowledge of feeding and bedding, tractor, and equipment maintenance necessary. Must be able to handle animals calmly and gently. Skilled with tractors, skid steers and other farm equipment. Spanish Speaking is a plus. Looking for someone who is motivated, observant, patient, hardworking, responsible, clean, communicates well and is able to give and take directions to and from others. A team player. Contact Barrita Shanks at (585) 749-6958 or barrita@sevenbridgesbeef.com to apply.
Stone Barns Agroecology Apprenticeship Program
for growing farmers who want exposure to the wide-range of agricultural systems offered at the Center. 
This program has been developed to offer a full-time, comprehensive view of Stone Barn's intensive operation, and for each apprentice to become skilled in the practices of agroecology.  For questions and more information, please write to apprenticeships@stonebarnscenter.org Applications for the 2018 Apprentice program will be available on September 6. 
AFT New York State Deputy Director
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the largest national organization dedicated to saving the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.  The position of New York State Deputy Director offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. The Deputy Director will work with AFT staff, consultants and external partners to provide strategic leadership and management for AFT's programs in New York. To apply, send letter, salary requirements, and resume to Tammey Holtby at tholtby@farmland.org. No phone calls please. Click here for the full position description.
Main Street Farms Greenhouse Manager
Main Street Farms is a diversified organic vegetable farm focusing on CSA, wholesale and farmers markets in Cortland, NY, and is  looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit to make the most of their greenhouse and high tunnel spaces. For much of the year the greenhouses sit idle since they are very focused on field production, so they are looking for a person with some experience in either Controlled Environment Agriculture, or greenhouse and high tunnel growing to come up with new crops or management strategies to make the most of the covered space. The right candidate is somebody who is creative, passionate about local food and farming and doing something that contributes back to the community and has a positive impact; candidates must commit to a minimum of one year. Please apply by September 15 by sending your resume and cover letter to info@mainstreetfarms.com
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Funding Opportunities
Small Business Innovation Research Program grants for 'Phase 1' Projects
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants (up to $100,000) to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The program is currently accepting applications for 'Phase 1' projects, which  should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept being researched. Find more information and read the Request for Applications here. Applications are due by October 5, 2017.
Northeast SARE Partnership Grants
Agricultural service providers (extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community) who want to conduct on-farm demo nstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators should consider applying to the NE SARE Partnership Grants program. The goal of the program i s to uncover knowledge that farmers can use, to encourage the understanding and widespread use of sustainable techniques, and to strengthen partnerships between farmers and service providers. The deadline for 2018 Partnership Grants is October 17, 2017 and awards will be announced in March, 2018. Click here
for more information or to apply.
Latest Resources
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New Research 
Evaluates Summer Heat Relief for Dairy Cows
Summer can be the most detrimental season for dairy cows because of the heat stress caused by high temperatures and humidity. This recent NNYADP-funded study assessed the impact of different heat abatement systems on behavior and performance of dairy cattle from May through Septemb er in Northern New York. The results, which can be found here , will be presented  at the 2018 American Dairy Science Association meeting while research continues throughout 2017.
ATTRA Chat Service With Agriculture Experts
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has introduced a chat service on its ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to chat in real time with the sustainable agriculture specialists who also answer ATTRA's email and phone questions. The experts will be available at the website to chat with site users during weekday business hours.
Planning Guide to Strengthen Community Food Systems Published
GROWING LOCAL: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems, is a new national guide that showcases ways communities can strengthen their food systems through planning, policy and public investment. It includes a comprehensive collection of local policies to support local farms and ranches, improve access to healthy food, and develop needed distribution and infrastructure. Written for farmers, community residents and food policy councils, as well as planners and local government officials, this practical guide highlights real life examples of ways communities are growing food connections from field to fork.
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.