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January 2021

Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!

January 11, 2021
February 22, 2021
September 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

Course Start Dates & Times Vary; Register Now!
Webinar

CSFP's new season of online courses is almost halfway through, and now's the time to register for their upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. Upcoming courses include their new offering on social media and online marketing, farm business courses, and production courses covering beekeeping, mushrooms, sheep and more.



February 2021

CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021
Tue 8am - 5pm, Wed 8am - 4:55pm, Thu 8am - 4:45pm
Online

CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will be cooperatively hosting the 2021 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference online from Feb 2-4. Due to COVID-19 limitations on live meetings, this program replaces CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference (tree fruit section).  

Register Now!



March 2021

Modern Stone Fruit Training Systems Webinar

March 16, 2021
11am-1pm

While yields of stone fruits planted to traditional orchard systems have been lagging behind our modern apple plantings in the northeast, research is actively being conducted to utilize improved rootstocks and modern, narrow training systems to increase productivity and reduce labor costs in peach and cherry systems. 

In this webinar, we will be joined by Dr. Jim Schupp, Dr. Greg Lang, and Dr. Terence Robinson, as they discuss improved strategies for growing peaches and cherries in the northeast.

Orleans County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 22, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.

Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 22, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.  


Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 24, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom
Workshop without manuals can register by Mar 5,

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.

Orleans County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 24, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom
Workshop without manuals can register by Mar 5,

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.

Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 29, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 3
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.

Orleans County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 29, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 3
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.

Northeast Winter Fruit Seminar Series NEWA 3.0 Project Upgrades for 2021 Webinar

March 30, 2021
12-1:30pm
Online

NEWA is an online platform that provides decision support information for insect pests, plant diseases, and crop management in fruit, vegetable, and field crop commodities. These resources are accessible at http://newa.cornell.edu free of charge to all producers in any of NEWA's 15 member states. 


In this online meeting, Dan Olmstead will discuss upgrades coming to NEWA. Some of which include user accounts to save model settings, a customizable list of favorite stations, and an app-like user experience on smart devices with smaller screens. In addition, video Quickstart Guides will be available for every NEWA model. 

DEC Credits Available 1.25 DEC credits in Categories 10, 1A, 21, 22, 23, and 25

Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 31, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 4
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.

Cleaning and Sanitizing on Produce Farms and in Packing Facilities

March 31, 2021
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual (Zoom)
N/A, NY

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, UVM Extension Ag Engineering, and CCE

[Insert your county, region or program here] are hosting a workshop on Cleaning and Sanitizing
on Produce Farms and in Packing Facilities. This remote 3.5 hour webinar will provide:

Orleans County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training via Zoom

March 31, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 4
1pm - 3pm
Online via Zoom

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.



April 2021

Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

April 1, 2021
Noon - 4:30pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County
Newark, NY

A Certification Exam will be administered on April 1st at Noon 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 Chris Wainwright at the Bath DEC office (607) 622-8264.

Orleans County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

April 6, 2021
9am-1pm
Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Albion, NY

A Certification Exam will be administered on April 6 at 1pm 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.

Statewide Virtual Pink Meeting

April 26, 2021
4pm - 5:15pm
Online via Zoom

Please join CCE-LOF & CCE-ENYCHP to our Statewide Virtual Pink Meeting (Zoom) from 4-5:15 PM this Monday.



May 2021

Statewide Virtual Bloom Thinning Meeting

May 3, 2021
4-5pm
Online via Zoom

Statewide Virtual Bloom Thinning Meeting

Please join CCE-LOF & CCE-ENYCHP for our Statewide Virtual Bloom Thinning Meeting.

WNY Virtual Petal Fall Meeting

May 17, 2021
4-5pm
Online via Zoom

WNY Virtual Petal Fall Meeting

Please join CCE-LOF our WNY Virtual Petal Fall Meeting.

WNY Virtual '12mm Thinning Sprays' Meeting

May 24, 2021
4-5pm
Online via Zoom

WNY Virtual '12mm Thinning Sprays' Meeting

Please join CCE-LOF our WNY Virtual 12mm Thinning Sprays Meeting.



June 2021

WNY Virtual 'Rescue Thinning Sprays' Meeting

June 2, 2021
Noon-1pm
Online via Zoom

WNY Virtual 'Rescue Thinning Sprays' Meeting

Please join CCE-LOF our WNY Virtual Rescue Thinning Sprays Meeting.

Please note the date has been changed to Wednesday June 2nd. 

2021 Virtual 'Honeycrisp' Meetup Summer Series

June 3, 2021 : Crop Load Management
7pm
Online

2021 Virtual 'Honeycrisp' Meetup Summer Series

June 17, 2021 : Rootstocks
7pm
Online



July 2021

2021 Virtual 'Honeycrisp' Meetup Summer Series

July 1, 2021 : Nutrient Management
7pm
Online

2021 SAP Analysis

July 13, 2021
TBA - region specific

Peel sap sampling/collection ended for Western NY/Finger Lakes regions on July 13.

2021 Virtual 'Honeycrisp' Meetup Summer Series

July 15, 2021 : Harvest and Storage
7-8:30pm
Online



August 2021

Why Are My Trees Growing So Poorly?

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 2, 2021
3-4:30pm
Online via Zoom

We have been increasingly noticing tree collapse in New York orchards over the past several years. There are a number of causal factors, both biotic and abiotic, that can cause tree death. In this webinar, Cornell and Penn State experts will provide a quick summary of some of the common agents of tree collapse typical of northeast apple orchards. Hosted by CCE-ENYCHP and CCE-LOFP.

2021 LOF Summer Fruit Tour - Online Pre-registration Is Closed - See Below

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 12, 2021
All Day
Fruit Farms around Wayne County

2021 LOF Summer Fruit Tour - Online Pre-registration Is Closed - See Below

Missed online pre-registration?  We are sorry to inform you that it's required for any part of the tour.  Call Craig Kahlke at 585-735-5448.


LOF is excited to inform our stakeholders that we will be having a summer tour in 2021. Thanks to eased restrictions due to continued decreases in COVID infections and many millions of New Yorkers getting vaccinated, Cornell is following New York State's guideline for outdoor public meetings. So, mark your calendars for Thursday, August 12, - LOF Summer Tour featuring Wayne County. We will be visiting 2 farms in the Marion-Williamson area (Morgan Farms & Hermenet Fruit Farm), with lunch and sponsor visits at Williamson Town Park (NOT B. Foreman Park as previously advertised).



September 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



October 2021

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 13, 2021 : Session 1: Tax Planning, Goals, and Foundations
7pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer. 

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 20, 2021 : Session 2: Understanding the Schedule F, Depreciation, Profit/Loss Determinations
7pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer. 

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

October 26, 2021
9:30am to ? (varies by county)
Varies by County

CCE Farm Business Management and CCE County Associations in NYS are hosting a hybrid educational program on October 26th to prepare farmers and rural landowners navigate the solar development process and negotiate solar lease agreements.  The program features information provided by a lawyer experienced with solar leases, a solar developer and experts from Ag and Markets on local policy issues.

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.

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 27, 2021 : Session 3: Income Tax Planning Strategies and Timelines
7pm - 8:30pm
Online via Zoom

A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer. 



November 2021

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program: Managing Performance

November 12, 2021
Asynchronous Online Class
online

Online course to help people lead and retain employees

Managing Performance: Understand motivation. Harness the power of performance feedback and coaching. Build clear and effective workplace communications. Set safety expectations. Conduct effective performance improvements.

Materials will release November 10, 2021 and live weekly Zoom discussions will be held from 3 to 4 PM EST each Tuesday from November 16 through December 21. Participation in the live sessions is highly encouraged and provides a valued opportunity for peer to peer learning and networking. 

Federal Labor Standards in Agriculture - USDOL Live Webinar Presentation

November 18, 2021
10am - 4pm
online

If you are a new agricultural employer or you have questions about federal laws covering agricultural employment USDOL is offering a live webinar on November 18th.  This one-day, multi-session program by USDOL Wage and Hour Staff and hosted by the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team covers the key federal labor programs that agricultural employers need to understand.

Labor Road Show V

November 22, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

November 23, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Advisory Committee Meeting

November 29, 2021
11am - 3pm
Online via Zoom

Register now to join the LOF Team member in this annual meeting to review their educational programs and share your feedback. 



December 2021

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Financial Records for Decision Making

December 2, 2021
7pm - 9pm
online

A primer for beginning farmers, or a tune-up for those already in production, on recording income and annual expenses,  capital expenditures and depreciation with additional information covering loans & credit card or revolving loan payments, sales of business assets, and deducting losses.

Labor Road Show V

December 2, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

December 3, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

December 9, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.

Labor Road Show V

December 10, 2021 : Labor Road Show V
12pm - 2pm
online

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow V as a virtual event. A series of six two-hour webinars will be held online through Zoom at noon on November 22 and 23, and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Cost is $55 per person to attend all six webinars and to receive links to the webinar recordings and roadshow materials.



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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.