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Livestock Sector: $100 for Your Thoughts?

What investments will help grow our livestock sector? Are you faced with challenges in the production of livestock on your farm? Do these affect your ability to grow your business? Or do you work with livestock producers as an educator, researcher, service provider or veterinarian? The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension want to … Read More

Cornell Experts to Convene Soil Summit

GENEVA, NY – Soil amendments such as raw manure offer clear benefits to agricultural production, but they can also pose potential environmental and food safety risks if not handled properly. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule outlines some requirements for using soil amendments because of the microbial risks associated with their use.  Raw … Read More

Register Now: Tractor Trainings: TWO LOCATIONS!

Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency, productivity and profitability.  Are you a farmer who is interested in scaling up farm production through investment in your first tractor or upgrading to a bigger piece of equipment?  Are you a beginning or experienced farmer who wants to understand tractors … Read More

Your Perspective Needed at the NYS Livestock Summit

Calling experienced livestock producers: We know you face tremendous challenges to grow your business. What are the undeveloped opportunities and how can we collectively address them? SAVE THE DATE: Cornell University’s Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are partnering to host the NYS Livestock Summit on March 30, 2017 from 1-4 pm at 8 … Read More

Wanted: Aspiring Dairy Farmers, Dairy Master Graziers for NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program

Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the groundbreaking, nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultural industry. Modeled after apprenticeship programs such as those for developing a highly skilled level of experience for new plumbers and electricians, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, or … Read More

Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey

How does health insurance affect farmers and ranchers? Help influence rural health policy in upcoming survey Farmers and ranchers: How does health insurance affect you? Help influence rural health policy by participating in an upcoming USDA funded survey. Your responses will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions to invest, expand, … Read More

Small Farm and Homestead Expo

Groundswell Position Available: Farming & Business Specialist

This position primary supports the farm and business needs and aspirations of a diverse group of farmers enrolled in the Groundswell Farm Business Incubator Program and coordinates Groundswell Farm Business courses. The Incubator Program provides affordable access to land, agricultural infrastructure, and business support for diverse beginning farmers including New Americans, refugees and those with … Read More

New Comparison tool on Animal Welfare Certification Programs for Farmers

The ASPCA has partnered with Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to create the Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide, now available as a free download online. The guide lays out the operational and business considerations of becoming welfare-certified and offers an in-depth look at the standards and requirements of three meaningful animal … Read More

Position Announcement: Beginning Farmers Project Coordinator

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program Team! We are looking for a passionate, dedicated coordinator for the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project. The Cornell Small Farm Program (SFP) engages in research and extension projects and collaborations that support and enhance the viability of small farms in New York. This Coordinator will support the Northeast Beginning Farmers … Read More

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