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January 2022

Farm Tax School Series: Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022
7pm - 9pm

A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.   Federal and state income taxes will be covered.

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022
7pm - 8:30pm

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
TBA
Online

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.

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 28, 2022 : Day 2
TBA
Online

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.



February 2022

NEWA 3.0 Tutorial

February 7, 2022
9am - 12:30pm
Online via Zoom

The new NEWA 3.0 system is online (https://newa.cornell.edu/), and 2022 will be the first year when you will not be able to use the old version. If you have not yet looked at the new website, or if you have looked at it but weren't sure how to best use it, the "NEWA 3.0 Tutorial Online Workshop" is perfect for you.

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

February 10, 2022 : Day 1 - Class
9am - 4pm
TBD once participants have registered - Orleans, Monroe, or Wayne County

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

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.

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

February 17, 2022 : Day 2 - Class
9am - 4pm
TBD once participants have registered - Orleans, Monroe, or Wayne County



March 2022

Apple R2F Webinar on Rootstock

March 1, 2022
11am - 4pm EST
Webinar

Apple R2F Webinar on Rootstock

The Cornell Fruit Team is pleased to announce a nationwide SCRI Apple Root to Fruit (R2F) webinar for apple growers, extension educators, and crop consultants on Tuesday March 1st,2022, 11am-4pm (Eastern Time). This free webinar will provide an opportunity to learn new findings on rootstock and nutrition for managing 'Honeycrisp' and other high value varieties in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern U.S.

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

March 3, 2022 : Day 3 - Class
9am - 4pm
TBD once participants have registered - Orleans, Monroe, or Wayne County

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

March 5, 2022 : Day 4 - Graduation
4 - 7pm
TBA

2022 NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 8, 2022 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1
Registration 8am, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Albion, NY

Previously known as DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training.

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

March 14, 2022
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Webinar

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on biological orchard IPM tactics. Julianna Wilson of MSU Extension will present on mating disruption and biological insecticide options, while Dr. Kerik Cox will review what's available for biological control of diseases.

2022 NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 15, 2022 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
Registration 8am, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Albion, NY

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

2022 Pruning Workshops

March 16, 2022 : Spanish Language Pruning Workshop
1:30pm - 3pm
Ledge Rock Farms, LLC.
Medina, NY

Join Mario Miranda Sazo for this pruning demonstration presented in Spanish.

2022 Pruning Workshops

March 16, 2022 : English Language Pruning Workshop
10:30am - 12pm
Kast Farms, Inc
Albion, NY

Join Dr. Terence Robinson and Mario Miranda Sazo for this pruning demonstration presented in English.

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022
1:30pm - 4:45pm
Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on what's new in crop load management. Speakers will be joining us from NYSIPM, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Valent USA. Topics will include NEWA crop load management tools, including the Pollen Tube Growth Model, the Carbohydrate Thinning Model, and the Fruit Growth Rate Model.  We will also discuss the future of precision crop load management with computer vision technologies, and new materials you will soon be able to incorporate into your apple thinning programs.  For those growing peaches, Dr. Anna Wallis will present on thinning with ACC, the first chemical thinner commercially available for stone fruits.

DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

March 22, 2022
8:30am
Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Albion, NY

A Certification Exam will be administered on March 22 at 8:30am by the DEC to Qualified Applicants. The fee for the exam is $100: bring a check payable to NYSDEC the day of the exam.  You must register with DEC to take the exam. To register for the exam or if you have questions regarding the Certification Process, please contact Justin Schoff at the Avon DEC office (607) 622-8264.



April 2022

Remote Good Agricultural Practices Training

April 4 - April 5, 2022
April 4, 8:45 AM-4:45 PM. April 5, 8:45 AM-2 PM
Zoom

This is a basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training, followed by a second (optional) farm food safety writing workshop.

2022 Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

April 7, 2022
9am - 4pm
CCE Orleans County - Conference Room - South Entrance
Albion, NY

2022 Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and
Health (NYCAMH) and Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Orleans County are pleased to provide respirator fit
testing clinics for agricultural businesses in your region
on April 7.

2022 Pruning Workshops

April 12, 2022 : First Bilingual Language Pruning Workshop
4pm - 5:30pm
Furber's shop
Sodus, NY

Join Mario Miranda Sazo for this bilingual pruning demonstration.

2022 Pruning Workshops

April 13, 2022 : Second Spanish Language Pruning Workshop
4pm - 5:30pm
Marshall Farm
Medina, NY

Join Mario Miranda Sazo for this pruning demonstration presented in Spanish.

2022 Pruning Workshops

April 20, 2022 : Oswego - English Language Pruning Workshop
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Behling Orchards
Mexico, NY

Join Mario Miranda Sazo for this pruning demonstration in English.

2022 DEC Special Permit Training

April 22, 2022
Emails containing training materials and instructions will start being sent out on April 11th

Registration Extended

Independent Virtual Training Format
Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2022 will be offered again this year in a virtual format. It will be the responsibility of the Supervisor/Certified Pesticide Applicator(s) on each farm to administer the pre-recorded training modules and written exam to their Special Permit trainees.   

For those who registered emails containing training materials will be sent out the week of April 11, you will then have until May 16 to complete the training and mail the tests back.  For more information click view details.

2022 Pruning Workshops

April 27, 2022 : Monroe - Bilingual Pruning Workshop (English and Spanish languages)
1:30 - 3:30pm
Burch Farms Inc.
Hilton, NY

Join Mario for a demonstration and discuss on how to adjust bud load targets for 'Honeycrisp' trees on Geneva rootstocks with grower hosts and participants. English and Spanish languages will be used during instruction.

2022 Statewide Pink Webinar

April 28, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom

2022 Statewide Pink Webinar

CCE Annual Pink Meeting join CCE LOFP & CCE ENYCHP in reviewing horticulture and IPM strategies & recommendations for apples during the pink fruit growth stage. 



May 2022

Petal Fall Webinar via Zoom

May 18, 2022
3:30pm
zoom

A review of precision thinning, the carbohydrate model, and region specific thinning strategies, along with pest and
disease management recommendations will be provided by Cornell University faculty. Hosted by CCE LOF and ENYCHP.
Note that Dr Robinson will be providing information on region-specific thinning recommendations for the Champlain
Valley beginning at 3pm, so please sign on by 3:30 to be sure to catch all the material that is relevant to our region.



June 2022

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series - Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

June 2, 2022 : Part 1 Labor - Grower Experiences
7 - 8:30 PM
Webinar

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.
A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 1 Labor - Grower Experiences

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series - Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

June 16, 2022 : Part 2 Labor - Specialist Panel
4 PM (PST)/ 7 PM (EST)
Webinar

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.
A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 2 Labor - Specialist Panel

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series - Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

June 30, 2022 : Part 3 Technology - Grower Experiences
4 PM (PST) / 7 PM (EST)
Webinar

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology. A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 3 Technology - Grower Experiences



July 2022

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series - Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

July 14, 2022 : Part 4 Technology - Specialist Panel
4 PM (PST) / 7 PM (EST)
Webinar

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology. A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 4 Technology - Specialist Panel

2022 SAP Analysis

July 15, 2022
TBA - region specific

Peel sap sampling/collection ended for Western NY/Finger Lakes regions on July.

Cornell 2022 Postharvest Reviews Webinar

July 28, 2022
noon-1:30pm
Zoom

Join Dr. Chris Watkins for this webinar on Pre- and Postharvest Factors Affecting the Quality of 'Gala' and Recommendations for this Year's Harvest and Storage Season.



August 2022

LOF Summer Tour 2022

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 9, 2022
All Day
eastern Orleans County Farms

LOF Summer Tour 2022

Please join us for the 2022 LOF Summer Tour on Tuesday, August 9th! 

Stop 1: Kast Farms, Inc. Hosted by Brett Kast and family. Topics include herbicide trial updates, soil health, fire blight, mating disruption, comparison of NY1 on G.41 vs. M.9-337 rootstocks, and discussion of SnapDragon™ Stop 2: Fish Creek Orchards, LLC. Hosted by Jose Iniguez and Jason Woodworth. Topics include an introduction of the SCRI "Precision Orchard Management for Apple" project, and overviews by 3 companies working with us and growers under this umbrella - Moog, Vivid, and Dropcopter or MyCloud, who are working with Green Atlas for the cartography. Computer vision for rapid and accurate disease scouting by Dr. Awais Khan will be presented. Stop 3: Lunch at the Carleton Fire Hall & Rec Center. Lunch will be provided by Frank Penna Catering. Growers and other tree fruit industry folks will have the opportunity to visit with sponsors and likely view several demonstrations of new precision crop load management technology. Stop 4: Orchard Dale Fruit Farm. Hosted by the Brown family and employees. LOF's precision pruning work with our SCRI grant, and crop load management research with Farm Vision, Fruit Scout, and Outfield will be featured. In addition, blueberry optimization for mechanical harvest will be covered. Finally, Spanish Leadership Training will be featured.  Stop 5: Nesbitt Fruit Farms. Hosted by Shane Nesbitt and family. Topics include bloom thinning results on Honeycrisp with the use of the Pollen Tube Growth model, and grow-through on-farm nursery production. Note: There may be some minor changes to the itinerary.


Join us at Nesbitt's on the lake for an ice cream social immediately after the educational sessions!


1.75 NYSDEC Credits will be offered in categories 22, 10, and 1A.




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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 links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!
22 July - Hard Cider Summer Tour 2022 - 10am - 5pm, preregistration required, suggested $5 donation

28 July - 2022 Postharvest Reviews: Session 1. Pre- & postharvest factors affecting the quality of 'Gala' & recommendations for this year's harvest and storage season. - Noon - Free Zoom

9 August - LOF Summer Tour, eastern Orleans County - More info here:


11 August - Annual Cornell Hemp Field Day - 8am - 3pm - $25/person

16 - 17 August - NASGA Summer Tour - all day - South Central Ontario, Canada



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.