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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Scholarship for Students Studying Agriculture

Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship for Students Studying Agriculture in New York

Scholarships for Students Studying Agriculture in New YorkThe application is now available for the Paul and Maria Morra Scholarship Trust which is administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties. All Columbia and Greene County, NY residents are eligible to apply. The purpose of this scholarship trust is to honor the lives of Paul and Maria Morra (trust benefactors) and their commitment to preserving the natural resources of our region. Applicants must be pursuing further education in the field of horticulture, agriculture, forestry or natural resources.

Complete application packet must be received by April 1, 2017. Scholarship selection is not based solely on academic standing but greater emphasis is placed on the interest and motivation of the student to excel in their chosen field of study. Applicants should ensure their application packet responds very directly to the goals of the benefactors.

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Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference

NOFA New York 2017 Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Jack Lazor, founder of Butterworks Farm!

organic dairy and field crop conferenceMarch 16-17 at the Holiday Inn Syracuse (441 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY 13088)

NOFA NY is excited to announce its 6th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference! New this year, they are expanding to a 2-Day event featuring half day intensive workshops on March 17. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Liverpool/Syracuse, New York, just off the Thruway and Interstate 81.

They welcome veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management. This year we will honor Michael & Gayle Thorpe, NOFA-NY’s Farmers of the Year. Additionally, NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be presenting on Transitioning to Organic Dairy Management and available throughout both the days to answer questions at their trade show booth. Enjoy two days of learning, networking, and information exchange.

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Mobile Food Pantry at Tompkins Cortland

mobile food pantryMobile Food Pantry

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Office of Student Life will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on the Tompkins Cortland campus in Dryden on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House, 12pm to 1pm

They are still looking for approximately 25 volunteers – if you are interested please contact Barbara Thayer as soon as possible (nelsonb@tompkinscortland.edu)!!!!  Volunteers need to be able to work from 11am – 1pm.  There is a lot of set up and prep time that goes into this before we are able to hand the food out at Noon.

This is free food for anyone who needs it.

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