Agritourism Workshop in Rochester New York

Agritourism Workshop in Rochester – March 30th, 2017

Agritourism WorkshopThis agritourism workshop is part of a series designed to help farmers build useful skills and partnerships, scale up their business, and create new markets by expanding from purely agricultural operations to creating an experience-based ‘destination’ farm for the public.

Agritourism Workshop Time: Thursday, March 30th, 2017; 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Agritourism Workshop Location: Wegman Lodge, 2222 St. Paul St., Seneca Park, Rochester, NY, 14621

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Cured Meats Workshop

Upcoming Cured Meats Workshop at Cornell University

Cured Meats WorkshopTuesday and Wednesday March 14-15, 2017 at 8:30am to 4:30pm at Cornell University

Register Now for the upcoming seminar – to be held March 14 and 15, 2017 at Cornell University.

The Cured Meats Workshop is tailored to small-scale meat processors and restaurant owners interested in creating a value-added meat product for their customers.

The course consists of lecture sessions that will cover basic charcuterie, meat fabrication, casings, grinding, as well as an overview of HACCP, scheduled processes, and testing. Participants will also learn through on-hands sessions the basics of cured meats production in coppa, pancetta, speck and others. A full agenda for the event can be found here (PDF).

The cured meats workshop is ideally suited for small-scale meat processors and restaurant owners.

The cured meats workshop is instructed by industry experts and Cornell Dairy and Meat Foods Extension.

The official announcement can be found here (PDF). For further information contact MacKenzie L. Waro, Livestock Processing & Marketing Specialist, Harvest NY, at 607.287.1292 or visit us on the web at harvestny.cce.cornell.edu.

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Tractor and Machinery Safety Training

CCE Tractor and Machinery Safety Training for Youth in Seneca County

tractor and machinery safety trainingTuesday, March 14, 2017

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program will offer a Tractor and Machinery Safety Training program for youth ages 14-15.

This training program will enable young workers to obtain Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (HOOA) certification, which is required to operate farm tractors and equipment. The program will provide attendees with the necessary 24 hours of instruction, and it will include group discussions, demonstrations, field trips, hands-on activities, independent study, and field assignments.
Upon completion of instruction, a written exam and driving test will be offered to achieve certification. The program is available to anyone 12 years of age and older, however only individuals 14 and older will be able to operate equipment and become certified. Individuals age 16 and over are encouraged to attend as well, although enrollment preference will be given to those ages 14-15.

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Organic Hemp Focus of Winter Meeting

2017 New York Certified Organic winter meeting: Organic hemp, alternative forage

organic hempMonday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Jordan Hall, Geneva Experimental Station, 614 W. North Street, Geneva NY

The last of the 2017 New York Certified Organic winter meetings on Monday, March 13 in Geneva, NY, will include an update on organic hemp production trials plus presentations on nutrient balancing, crop production, and alternative forage production for organic farming systems. Presenters include Cornell University and University of Vermont faculty and a New York organic dairy farmer.

The meeting will start promptly at 10 am in Jordan Hall at 630 West North Street at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva. There is no cost or need to register to attend the NYCO meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish for potluck lunch. The Monday date is a break with the traditional Tuesday meetings.

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Agroecological Alternatives to Herbicides

What to do when over-zealous pesticide use exacerbates pest management problems – Agroecological alternatives to herbicides Open Lecture

David MortensenThursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Emerson Hall, 135, Cornell University

Agroecological Alternatives to Herbicides: The prevailing form of agriculture performed today suffers from “lock-in” which is to say the production system has features that limit it’s ability to redirect. One such feature is genetically modified herbicide resistant crops. Widespread adoption of the package of seed and associated traits, matching herbicides and insecticide and fungicide seed treatments has resulted in significant increases in pesticide use.  Mortensen will outline how this lock-in has evolved, the downside effects of lock-in then spend the remainder of the seminar outlining recent agroecological advances that offer a glimpse to a more sustainable path forward.

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Tompkins County Ag Summit Wednesday

2017 Tompkins County Ag Summit

2017 Tompkins County Ag SummitWednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Ramada Ithaca Hotel & Conference Center

2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca NY 14850

Please join us for this meeting which covers a range of topics important to farmers and all agricultural landowners.

AGENDA

  • The Proposed Cayuga Lake TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)
    With staff from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Come listen, learn what’s proposed, provide information about water-protecting farming practices already in place in the region, and ask questions.
  • Large-Scale Solar: What Landowners Need to Know to Protect Themselves
    With Chris Denton, Attorney
    Rural landowners throughout the region are being approached by landsmen offering lease for land for potential solar installations. Learn about the dangers and pitfalls of these agreements, and what to consider.
  • Community Scale Solar & Using Sheep to Control Ground Cover Growth
    With staff from the Renovus Solar and sheep farmer Caleb Scott
  • Changes in the CRP to Include Pastureland
    With Erin Madden, Farm Service Agency
    CRP now includes a grassland program. If you are grazing animals and interested in rotational grazing, come learn about this program. If selected to participate, there could be cost share fencing and water systems assistance.

Fee: $10 per person. Includes Lunch.

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