Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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

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  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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January 2022

2022 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Growers Meeting

January 6, 2022

CANCELED: 2022 Empire State Producers Expo

January 11 - January 13, 2022

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

January 18, 2022

Tax Management for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

January 18, 2022

2022 Ontario Produce Auction Growers Meeting

January 19, 2022

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022

Tax Code Benefits and Last Minute Tax Updates for Farms

January 25, 2022

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

January 27 - January 28, 2022

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 2 days instead of three, with more time for breaks. Each day will have 2 morning and 2 afternoon sessions, ranging from 95-120 minutes. In addition, most of the sessions are structured around ideas we've received from our stakeholders over the past year though advisory meetings, email and phone communications, and farm visits. There are 3 DEC credit-eligible sessions currently being applied for, and all should be eligible for CCA credits. We're excited to bring you high-caliber speakers, many from outside NY. An overview of the sessions are below. As with last year, our virtual conference replaces the two Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools, the winter ENYCHP Fruit and Vegetable Conference (tree fruit portion) and the fruit section of the Empire Producer's Expo. Last year, the cumulative attendance of our virtual conference was over 335 for the largest sessions. 

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Dan Donahue

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

February 2022

NEWA 3.0 Tutorial

February 7, 2022

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

February 10 - March 5, 2022

Coming to Western New York Winter 2022!  See what growers are saying about this course.

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.

Questions?  - Contact Nicole Waters (en español - Mildred Alvarado)

Cornell Small Farms Program

In collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, & Yes! Apples

About Futuro Financiero

One-of-a-kind professional development experience that builds upon the knowledge that developing leadership skills among key employees is an investment in a farm business's ultimate success.

Course Dates: 

  • PLEASE NOTE DUE TO WEATHER THE 1ST CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED it will occur Thursday, February 10, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thursday, February 17, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 3, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Graduation Celebration: Saturday, March 5, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Course outcomes include:

  • Deeper understanding of the farm business
  • Ability to create stronger, more efficient farm work teams
  • Increased communication across all farm employee levels
  • Increase in trust between employer and employees'
  • Deeper understanding of employees' value to the business
  • Increased overall confidence and personal well-being
  • Foundational knowledge for future career growth
co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension

Farm Owner Testimonials for Futuro Financiero:

"The impact will be definite for this type of training. Without managers, our business could not function. We need capable people in managerial positions. The more effective middle managers are the more effective the overall business is."

-Class of 2019 Western New York Farm Business Owner

"The class absolutely will have a positive impact. She has more confidence in speaking English. She is texting more! Big difference!"

-Class of 2018 Western New York Farm Business Owner

See what growers are saying about this course.  

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.

¿Preguntas?  - Contacte a Nicole Waters para información en Ingles, o a Mildred Alvarado para información en español

Cornell Small Farms Program

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, & Yes! Apples

En colaboración con el Programa de Frutas del Lago Ontario de la Cooperativa de Extension de Cornell

¡Regístrese aquí!

Sobre Futuro Financiero

Una experiencia de desarrollo profesional única que se basa en el conocimiento de que el desarrollo de habilidades de liderazgo entre los empleados clave de su negocio es una inversión efectiva para alcanzar los obejtivos de su empresa agrícola exitosamente.

Los resultados del curso incluyen:

  • Una comprensión más profunda del negocio agrícola
  • Capacidad para crear equipos de trabajo agrícolas más fuertes y eficientes
  • Aumento de la comunicación en todos los niveles de los empleados de la empresa
  • Aumento de la confianza entre el empresario y los empleados
  • Comprensión más profunda del valor de los empleados para la empresa
  • Aumento de la confianza general y del bienestar personal
  • Conocimientos fundamentales para el futuro crecimiento profesional
co-organizado por Cornell Cooperative Extension (Cooperativa de Extensión de Cornell)

Testimonios de propietarios de Pequeñas Agro-empresas sobre Futuro Financiero:

"El impacto será definitivo para este tipo de capacitación. Sin gerentes, nuestra empresa no podría funcionar. Necesitamos personas capaces en los puestos de gestión. Cuanto más efectivos sean los mandos intermedios, más efectivo será el negocio en general."
-Clase de 2019 Propietario de un negocio agrícola del oeste de Nueva York

"El curso absolutamente tendrá un impacto positivo. Ella tiene más confianza al hablar inglés. ¡Ella está enviando más mensajes de texto! Gran diferencia!"

-Clase de 2018 Propietario de negocio agrícola del oeste de Nueva York

2022 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 15 - February 17, 2022

Become a Qualified Vendor for USDA Food Commodities Purchases

February 15, 2022

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

February 28, 2022

March 2022

Apple R2F Webinar on Rootstock

March 1, 2022

Apple Pruning Demo: Champlain Valley

March 3, 2022

Apple Pruning Demo: Hudson Valley

March 4, 2022

2022 NYS Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 8 - March 15, 2022

Join agriculture specialist Mike Stanyard from the NWNY Team and Janet van Zoeren of the LOF Program as they review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the Pesticide Applicator exam. This pre-exam 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.

All participants will need to have the most recent Core Manual (3rd Edition) and Category Manuals.  Register by March 1st to ensure manuals are available for the training.

Cost of 2 day workshop: $50, additional costs 

Exam to be held on March 22nd registration begins at 8:30am at Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, $100 check payable to NYDEC to Exam, and you must register with DEC for the exam.

To reserve a spot register online or contact Kim Hazel at 585-798-4265 ext. 126 or

Additional details about the exam

2022 Onion School

March 10, 2022

Using hummingbird predation as a management tactic against spotted-wing drosophila in raspberry

March 10, 2022

Apple Pruning Demo: Capital Region

March 11, 2022

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

March 14, 2022

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

March 14, 2022

Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

March 15 - May 13, 2022

2022 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

March 16, 2022

2022 Pruning Workshops

March 16 - April 27, 2022

Precision Pruning Workshops for Honeycrisp and other Important Apple Cultivars in WNY. Most meetings will only be provided in one language. Please note the language the demonstration will be provided in when choosing which meeting to attend. 

For additional pruning guidance you can refer to the recently posted CCE LOF YouTube video titled 'Pruning Guide for Precision Crop Load Management'. A new video describing precision pruning, why, how and when to accomplish it. This video is available with captions in English and Spanish and is very useful for pruning crews. 

English Captions: 

Spanish Captions:

Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms

March 16, 2022

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022

DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

March 22, 2022

Fusarium Management in Garlic: Field and Storage Considerations

March 22, 2022

Success with Laser Scarecrows

March 22, 2022

Success with Laser Scarecrows in 2022

March 22, 2022

GAPs Farm Food Safety Virtual Training

March 23, 2022

Rodent & Wildlife Management on the Farm

March 23, 2022

Virtual Good Agricultural Practices Grower Training

March 23, 2022

B.E.V NY Annual Conference

March 29 - March 31, 2022

April 2022

Remote Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training & Farm Food Safety Plan Writing

April 4 - April 5, 2022

Remote Good Agricultural Practices Training

April 4 - April 5, 2022

Greenhouse IPM Meeting

April 6, 2022

2022 Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

April 7, 2022

2022 DEC Special Permit Training (Online)

April 11, 2022

Tunnel Tomatoes and Ornamental Baskets

April 13, 2022

2022 DEC Special Permit Training

April 22, 2022

2022 Statewide Pink Webinar

April 28, 2022

Growing Microgreens Commercially (Virtual Workshop)

April 28, 2022

May 2022

Petal Fall Webinar via Zoom

May 18, 2022

COPY - Next Gen Meetup at Bowman Orchards

May 26, 2022

COPY - Next Gen Meetup at Bowman Orchards

May 26, 2022

Next Gen Meetup at Bowman Orchards

May 26, 2022

June 2022

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

June 2 - July 14, 2022

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

In case you miss one or would like to review discussions the recordings of these meeting will be available at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Virtual Orchard Meetup Series YouTube Playlist

Part 1 (June 2) Labor - Grower Experiences - recording-
Part 2 (June 16) Labor - Specialist Panel
Part 3 (June 30) Technology - Grower Experiences
Part 4 (July 14) Technology - Specialist Panel

These meetups will provide an opportunity to review challenges, best practices, and new recommendations for orchard labor and technology. Led by a panel of scientists, growers, and other experts in orchard labor and technology across N. America.
Facilitated by Bernardita Sallato WSU Extension, Mario Miranda Sazo Cornell Cooperative Extension, Anna Wallis MSU Extension, Daniel Weber PSU Extension, and Kristy Grigg-McGuffin OMAFRA.

With support from IFTA, AgAID, CIDA, and the PACMAN SCRI Project Team

2022 Muck Onion Grower Twilight Meeting in Wolcott

June 16, 2022

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

June 17 - July 28, 2022

Planning Pumpkin and Squash Disease Management

June 28, 2022

Cattaraugus Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting

June 29, 2022

Getting the Most Out of Every Pass - Calibrating Airblast Sprayers for Best Results

June 29 - June 30, 2022

July 2022

Orleans Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting

July 6, 2022

Chautauqua Vegetable Grower Meeting

July 12, 2022

Eden Valley Twilight Meeting

July 13, 2022

2022 SAP Analysis

July 15, 2022

Seneca County Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting for Auction Growers

July 19, 2022

Peru Weed Management and Soil Health Field Day

July 20, 2022

Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting for Auction Growers

July 22, 2022

Calibrating Sprayers and Applying Pesticides Effectively

July 26, 2022

Getting the Most from Your Boom Sprayer

July 26 - July 27, 2022

Ontario County Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting for Auction Growers

July 26, 2022

Cornell 2022 Postharvest Reviews Webinar

July 28, 2022

Niagara County Twilight Meeting

July 28, 2022

NY Soil Health Field Day - Johnstown

July 28, 2022

August 2022

LOF Summer Tour 2022

August 9, 2022

ENY Late Summer Orchard Field Meeting

August 16, 2022

Genesee Region Vegetable Meeting

August 17, 2022

Chipping Potato Twilight Meeting

August 25, 2022

Using UV Light for Disease Control and Laser Scarecrows for Bird Control

August 30, 2022

September 2022

No Events Scheduled at this Time

October 2022

New York State Pawpaw Conference

October 1, 2022

November 2022

No Events Scheduled at this Time

December 2022

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022

GAPs Training -- Understanding Food Safety on the Farm

December 9, 2022

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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

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|crops|apples|crop*38

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.