Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

Enrollment Benefits

  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Fruit Newsletter?
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Navigating Solar Lease Agreements and the Solar Development Process: A Program for NY Farmers and Rural Landowners

Event Details


October 26, 2021


9:30am to ? (varies by county)


Varies by County


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

CCE County Associations (contact your local CCE office to register)

You have the opportunity to lease your farmland to a solar energy company! It sounds like a sweet deal, and you are interested, but you are not sure just how it works...  


Join your local participating county CCE association on October 26 at an in-person meeting for farmers and rural landowners to get answers to your solar leasing questions. This program will feature several live webinars presented by industry experts to help you navigate the solar development process, make informed decisions, and negotiate solar lease agreements.



Webinar 1 (9:30-11:30)

9:30-10:15am: Understanding the Solar Development Process and What Solar Companies are Looking For.  Presented by Loren Pruskowski, Owner, Ecolegacy Values.  Loren is also the general contractor installing a solar array on his Guilderland, New York farm.

10:15-11:00am: Understanding Solar Lease Agreements and Tips for Negotiating a Contract. Presented by Scott Kurkoski, Assistant Managing Partner, Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP. Scott got his start representing landowners in the fracking industry and has spent years assisting farmers and rural landowners in negotiating contracts with Solar companies.

11:00-11:30am: Q&A with Morning Presenters

Break (11:30-12:30)

11:30am-12:30pm: The program for this time will vary by county.

Webinar 2 (12:30-1:30)

12:30-1:30pm: How Municipal Regulations Affect Solar Development Opportunities at the Local Level. Presented by Jeffrey Kehoe, NYS Department of Ag and Markets. Learn how local communities can best prepare for managing the huge influx of solar company demand for land.

Local Program (1:30-?)

The afternoon program will vary by county office.


webinar agenda (PDF; 551KB)



Location Options for Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollees



Wayne County CCE Program

Wayne County CCE is now offering the program online only. Email Mark Wiltberger at and he will set you up with the Zoom link. The program is here:



Other Options for Attending

This program is a collaboration between county CCE associations and the statewide Cornell Farm Business Management group. You are welcome to attend another county CCE association that is conducting the program. In addition, some CCE associations will provide a virtual option for attendees that would like to participate in the meeting from a remote location.


Listed below are some counties near the LOF region with a link to their event information and registration page and whether they are offering a virtual option for attendees:


Genesee County CCE Program

Virtual Option: No


Erie County CCE Program

Virtual Option: Yes


Ontario County CCE Program

Virtual Option: Yes


Cayuga County CCE Program

Virtual Option: Yes




You can register for the program through the following participating CCE County Offices: Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Renssalear, Saratoga, Schoharie, Senaca, St Lawrence, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.  Don't know the website address for your county office?  Go to:

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Upcoming Events

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

December 8, 2023
Spencerport, NY

Please join us for our winter advisory meeting, join the team and provide input for the 2nd Annual Tree Fruit Conference on February 8-9 in Rochester. Please pre-register by noon on December 7th.


Scaffolds podcast

Many of you probably read Art Agnello's statewide tree fruit updates and recommendations newsletter, "Scaffolds". Dr. Monique Rivera is bringing it back, but in a new audio version. Episode one was recorded this week, and is now available for free online at

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

Have you missed a meeting recently? Scroll down for available recordings or pdf links or visits our YouTube Channel


??? - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Using weather and environmental conditions to optimize biologicals and biopesticides for bloom production - Will be rescheduled from October cancellation.

7&8 Dec - Northeast Latino/a/x Agricultural Community Conference - The Century House, Latham, NY, Registration by November 16

8 Dec - Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting - Ogden Town Hall, 9:30am - 2pm, please register by Dec 4th

8&9 Feb - 2nd Annual Lake Ontario Fruit Program's Winter Fruit Conference, at DoubleTree by Hilton Rochester, 1111 Jefferson rd., Rochester, NY 14623. Stay tuned here for more information.

Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube:

Webinar Recordings

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars and/or conference materials from in person events:

PACMAN Briefings

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

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

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at

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.​|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

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:

For more information on this survey please visit

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|pests.