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




Event Details

Date

October 26, 2021

Time

9:30am to ? (varies by county)

Location

Varies by County

Host

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.

 

Schedule

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 mw883@cornell.edu and he will set you up with the Zoom link. The program is here:

http://ccewayne.org/events/2021/10/26/navigating-solar-lease-agreements-for-farmers-and-rural-landownser

 

 

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

http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/events/2021/10/26/navigating-solar-lease-agreements-and-the-solar-development-process

Virtual Option: No

 

Erie County CCE Program

http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/events/2021/10/26/solar-lease-meeting

Virtual Option: Yes

 

Ontario County CCE Program

http://cceontario.org/events/2021/10/26/navigating-solar-lease-agreements

Virtual Option: Yes

 

Cayuga County CCE Program

https://blogs.cornell.edu/ccecayuga/calendar_event/navigating-solar-lease-agreements-and-the-solar-development-process-a-program-for-ny-farmers-and-rural-landowners/

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: https://cals.cornell.edu/cornell-cooperative-extension/local-offices.



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Upcoming Events

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
Newark, NY

This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

December 16, 2022
Spencerport, NY

Please join us in-person for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Please pre-registration by December 13th.

Announcements

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2022 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 the link to the short NY Herbicide Resistance Survey!



5 Dec - Farm Food Safety Meeting - 9am - 4pm - Wayne CCE Building - $15 - preregistration required

16 Dec - LOF Advisory Committee Meeting - 10am - 3pm - Ogden Town Hall - please preregister by 13 Dec

2023 

Date TBA -  Winter Fruit Schools - Details to follow

Date TBA - Virtual Statewide Tree Fruit Meeting w/Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program - Details to follow


NY Herbicide Resistance Survey

With the recent documentation of evolved herbicide resistance in New York, including Palmer amaranth (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), waterhemp (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), horseweed (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors, paraquat), lambsquarters (bentazon), Cornell wants to better understand the current "state of the state" with respect to herbicide performance and failure. Specifically, we are surveying growers/land managers/crop consultants/extension specialists/industry personnel, across cropped (e.g. agronomic, vegetable, fruit), ornamental/horticultural (e.g. Christmas tree farms, golf courses), and non-cropped (e.g. industrial, roadsides) systems in NY to describe the distribution of herbicide resistance in the state. This survey is VERY SHORT and should be QUICK to answer. It is also COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. Your responses will help Cornell weed scientists plan future research and extension projects. Please access the survey using the link below:
https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a2F9urYcHjpl5Ay

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.​ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=799&crumb=crops|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: 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.