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Relevant Events

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022

Financial Future - Futuro Financiero Classes for Western New York Agricultural Managers and Supervisors

February 3, 2022 : Day 1 - Class

February 17, 2022 : Day 2 - Class

March 3, 2022 : Day 3 - Class

March 5, 2022 : Day 4 - Graduation

2021 Cornell Tree Fruit Conference Agenda at a Glance

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 12, 2021

COVID-19 Testing on Your Farm or Packing Shed—Why It Is Important

Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: September 3, 2020

Many farms across the US are experiencing COVID outbreaks as harvest workers arrive from other places. It is easy to get complacent about COVID-19 in New York, our numbers of new cases have been going down and testing has improved. But unfortunately, we are not out of the woods yet.


COVID-19 Testing of Farm Employees Begins in Wayne County

Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: September 2, 2020

Now that workers are arriving for the apple harvest, growers in Wayne County are using the state program for free, on-farm COVID-19 testing of farmworkers. Here is a video and collection of photos from on-farm testing at Teeple Farms on September 1st, 2020. In the video, Frank Teeple explains why he chose to get his workers tested early for COVID-19.



Lake Ontario Fruit Webinar Recording & Video Links

Last Modified: July 10, 2020

Check Out Details for Links to recent LOF webinar recordings & video series.


LOF Fruit Bites

Last Modified: July 10, 2020

See details to check out quick "how to" videos on a variety of fruit and orchard topics.


New Tree Fruit Business Blog

Last Modified: January 13, 2020

New Tree Fruit Business Blog. This site is a place to organize resources for the business of growing tree fruit.


Reflective Ground Cover For Coloring Apples At Harvest: Could Yield Revenue

Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: June 20, 2019

Reflective ground cover has been used in fruit-growing regions for a number of years now. The Lake Ontario Fruit Team conducted a field trial in 2018 of reflective ground cover at two Wayne County farms. The infographic contains information about reflective groundcovers including the quality and economic benefits found in the study and additional information on types of groundcovers and suppliers.


Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples

Last Modified: October 5, 2018

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH

Apple growers in New York are starting to see a new crop insurance option in some counties, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). I had a couple of questions about it in Ulster County last fall. Now that we are nearing time to sign up for crop insurance again, let's dig in a little deeper - what is SCO and why might you consider it?


Find Out How Your Employee Compensation Compares with the Benchmark Survey

Last Modified: April 17, 2018

Find Out How Your Employee Compensation Compares by Participating in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark Survey

Would you like to know more about farm worker compensation trends? Do you want to compare and manage your compensation strategy with accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information? Then participate in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark survey!

By participating in the survey you can find out how your employee compensation compares to benchmark data in your farm industry and across the state.
How can you participate?: click on view details below

Organizations Offering Respirator Fit Testing

Last Modified: March 8, 2018

Partial list of organizations offering respirator fit testing compiled by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
When inquiring, ask these organizations about their fee structure, whether or not they will come to you, and if they can test the brand and model of your mask(s). Note that this list is evolving and may change over time.

Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Last Modified: March 1, 2018

Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce - view details for link to this youtube video discussion.

Agricultural Labor Survey!

Last Modified: February 28, 2018
Agricultural Labor Survey!

Agricultural Labor Survey: Help Us to Help You!

Do you manage employees on a farm? Do you need help recruiting and retaining good staff? Please take a brief survey and share important feedback that will help CCE develop improved resources for farm managers. The Cornell Small Farms Program, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Team, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the Cornell Farmworker Program are partners in this initiative.

For more information & link view details.

Labor Ready Farmer Website & Videos

Last Modified: February 8, 2018

LRF offers a team-based approach to address the challenge of being prepared to hire, manage and retain skilled employees by building skills of new farmers and Latino agricultural employees wanting to climb the ladder from labor to management.

Countdown to Census: What You Need To Know

Last Modified: November 6, 2017

Now under 3 weeks until producers start to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture
USDA-NASS, Sue King (202) 690-8122 or Teresa White (202) 690-8123
WASHINGTON - Sept. 25, 2017 - In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers.

2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

Last Modified: August 29, 2017
2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

"The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience.
In addition, the friendships and professional relationships they made will be useful for their careers as orchardists in the near future.
Many thanks to all our sponsors, grower hosts, and to Matt Wells for organizing this successful event!"

Platform Payback Tool

Last Modified: March 2, 2017

This financial tool will assist growers in determining the annual savings by investing in a platform for pruning, hand thinning and harvest. Platforms eliminate the use of ladders and create a consistent work flow that improves labor productivity for labor intensive tasks in orchard systems.

2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 8, 2017

Presentations from the 2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools.

Update on Special Permit Training 2017

Last Modified: January 27, 2017
Update on Special Permit Training 2017

Discussions are in process between CCE and DEC to obtain approval for Special Permit training in 2017. Please stay tuned for the latest updates, and (we hope) the eventual announcement of training dates and registration information. Regarding possible dates, please contact us if you foresee a repetition of last spring's delays in the approval of H2A applications, as we will take these delays into consideration in setting dates.

For more information please click on Details below.

Apple System Payback Calculator

Last Modified: March 16, 2016

Down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.

Revisions in EPA WPS comment period open until Dec. 23, 2015

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: November 13, 2015

EPA is finalizing changes to the WPS. The WPS is a regulation primarily intended to reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers' and handlers' use and contact with pesticides on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The rule primarily seeks to protect workers (those who perform hand-labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops, such as harvesting, thinning, pruning) and handlers (those who mix, load and apply pesticides). The rule does not cover persons working with livestock. The existing regulation has provisions requiring employers to provide workers and handlers with pesticide safety training, posting and notification of treated areas, and information on entry restrictions, as well as PPE for workers who enter treated areas after pesticide application to perform crop-related tasks and handlers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. The full content if you want to review and comment can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2510.
A summary chart of major cahnges between the new revisions and the current standard can be found here. 
http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

Apple IPM for Beginners

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: September 17, 2015
Apple IPM for Beginners

Pest management can be a complex system in perennial crops such as apples and other tree fruits.  "Apple IPM (Integrated Pest managment) for Beginners" is an excellent guide for new growers who want to grow apples, or want to be more familiar with managing pests in apple plantings.  Even growers who have been farming all their lives may know someone coming into the business that can learn from this guide and improve the quality of apples produced.  This 42-page guide will help new apple growers protect apple orchards from pests, in fact sheet format. This series of fact sheets is available in printed color format (see order form below), or in .pdfs https://blogs.cornell.edu/treefruit/ipm/apple-ipm-for-beginners/  It will help you address the major apple pests, but does not guarantee perfect fruit. These fact sheets and scouting guides are a compromise between the most accurate, complex information researchers have to offer and the amount of information a beginner can take in. Read the first four chapters carefully to start this new venture. Then follow the Scouting Calendar as apple stage of growth advances week-by-week. "Apple IPM for Beginners" was partially funded by Federal Smith Lever Funds. Additional full color printed copies can be ordered from CCE-Lake Ontario Fruit Program.


New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 24, 2015

A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business.

Apple Harvest Preparation Checklist

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 7, 2015

Utilize this pre-harvest checklist to ensure you have a successful harvest.  You can modify the checklist to suit your specific business.

Labor Cost Calculator for Platform Activities

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 4, 2015

Download this spreadsheet to help calculate acres covered per day and labor cost per acre utilizing platforms.

Excel Spreadsheet: Calculator for Economic Loss of a Lost Tree(s)

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: April 30, 2015

Pruning Labor Cost Calculator

Last Modified: April 3, 2015

A simple spreadsheet tool to calculate pruning labor cost per acre.

Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 16, 2015

Presentations given at the 2015 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools in Lake George (LG) and Kingston in the Hudson Valley (HV) are available by clicking on the following links.  

Excel Spreadsheet to Estimate the Cost of Installing A Deer Fence

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

This spreadsheet assists growers in calculating the cost of installing a deer fence

Excel Spreadsheet: Partial Budget for Orchard Platform

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Partial Budget Template for Analyzing the Change in Cash for a Farm Considering an Orchard Platform Purchase

Excel Workbook for Analyzing A Fruit or Vegetable Farm

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Excel workbook for analyzing a fruit or vegetable farm business

Excel Workbook for Net Present Value Analysis of High Density Gala Apples

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

An Excel Workbook to assist growers in analyzing the potential net present value of a new high density apple planting of tall spindle gala apples

Excel Workbook for Weekly H-2A Paystubs and Records

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Excel spreadsheet for H-2A and Domestic Farm Worker Pay Statements and Labor Records

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 1

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and record keeping forms needed for farms.  Pdf files for DOL Seasonal & Migrant workers Terms of Employment Form (english & spanish) and Pay Notice & Work Agreement for Farm Workers are included.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 2

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and record keeping forms needed for farms. Pdf files for Daily Record of Crew and Emergency Contact Form are included.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 3

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms for farms.  Pdf files for Today's Picker Record Blank, Weekly Picker Sheet (horizontal), and Weekly Picker Sheet (vertical).

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 4

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms for farm.  Pfd files for Delivery Sheet & Driver Information Sheet For Storage.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 5

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 14, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms make it easier to keep track of all the important details on your farm.  These forms are available in .pdf format below.

Regulations, forms, and posters for Agriculture Employers

Last Modified: January 14, 2014

Regulations, forms, and posters required for growers can be found in the following links.

Brief Overview of Labor Regulations & Recordkeeping for Farm Businesses

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: July 31, 2013

This document provides a brief overview of state & federal labor regulations that apply to many fruit farms in N.Y.S., as well as examples of record keeping forms that assist growers in meeting these regulations.

Labor Efficiency Economics in Apple Planting Systems

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: July 31, 2013

NYS apple growers are investing in new high density apple planting systems which allow for increases in labor efficiency through various levels of mechanization.  Various types of orchard platforms (reducing ladder usuage for handthinning, tree training, trellis installation and perhaps harvest) and tractor mounted shearers (replacing summer pruning) reportedly increase labor efficiency from 10-90%.


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Upcoming Events

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 27, 2022 : Day 1

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 28, 2022 : Day 2

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

Financial Future - Futuro Financiero Classes for Western New York Agricultural Managers and Supervisors

February 3, 2022 : Day 1 - Class

Coming to Western New York Winter 2022!

Promoting the development of leadership skills among key employees is an investment in a business owner's most valuable resource - employees! Futuro Financiero is a 5-week professional development program specifically designed to increase leadership and managerial skill-sets, while increasing overall confidence in English language communication.

Futuro Financiero graduates are agricultural professionals, who posses the skills necessary to efficiently manage multi-lingual farm work teams. Participating farm businesses value and promote mutual respect and deeper cultural understanding throughout the workforce. This concept is particularly important where English and Spanish speakers convene to grow and harvest New York State's finest!

EligibilityOpen to all commodities. Spanish-speaking and aspiring Ag managers and farm employees in NYS. The Winter 2022 course will be held in the Western New York Lake Ontario Region. Please contact us for future course locations.


Invierno 2022: Clases de Futuro Financiero para Gerentes Agrícolas y Supervisores del Oeste del Estado de Nueva York

!Proximamente en el Oeste de Nueva York en el invierno de 2022!

¡Promover el desarrollo de habilidades de liderazgo entre los empleados clave es una inversión en el recurso más valioso de un empresario- sus empleados!. Futuro Financiero es un programa de desarrollo profesional de 5 semanas, específicamente diseñado para aumentar las habilidades de liderazgo y gestión empresarial, al mismo tiempo que incrementa la confianza de comunicarse en inglés de los empleados que no hablan inglés como primera lengua.

Los graduados de Futuro Financiero son profesionales de la agricultura, que poseen las habilidades necesarias para gestionar eficazmente equipos de trabajo agrícolas multilingües. Las empresas agrícolas participantes valoran y promueven el respeto mutuo y un mayor entendimiento cultural en toda su fuerza laboral. Siendo este concepto especialmente importante en los casos en los que hablantes de inglés y de español se reúnen para cultivar y cosechar lo mejor del Estado de Nueva York.

Requisitos: Abierto a todas las empresas agrícolas sin importar su rubro de producción; empresas que desean mejorar las habilidades de sus gerentes o mandos medios que hablan español o que cuentan con empleados aspirantes a gerentes agrícolas. El curso de invierno de 2022 se llevara a cabo en la región del Lago Ontario del Oeste de Nueva York. Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros para proporcionarles información sobre los lugares y ubicación del curso.

February 17, 2022 : Day 2 - Class

March 3, 2022 : Day 3 - Class

March 5, 2022 : Day 4 - Graduation

Announcements

New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=799&crumb=crops|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

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2021 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:
CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.

Have you missed a meeting recently?  All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

NOW - please scroll down to find links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!
27 & 28 Jan - 2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference - virtual - Register Now

27 Jan - 3 Mar - Organizing Work for High Quality Results Course - Weekly Zoom - $275 - Register by 21 Jan

1, 8, & 22 Feb -  Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series - Free Registration


8, 15, 22, & 29 Mar -  Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series - Free Registration



Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.


New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEpfAijoP7puQDP

For more information on this survey please visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/2020/12/02/new-weed-management-technology/


Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.



Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|pests.

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH


For the full article click the link below.