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January 2020

2020 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Education Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Penn Yan, NY

2020 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Education Meeting

This meeting is our annual winter educational event for Finger Lakes Produce Auction growers. This year we will focus on farm food safety clarifications, soil health, pepper pests, strawberries, and control of tomato and vine crop diseases through use of biopesticides. 2.5 DEC recertification credits will be available in category 23, and 0.5 credits in category 22.

2020 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Education Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Penn Yan, NY

2020 Finger Lakes Produce Auction Education Meeting

This meeting is our annual winter educational event for Finger Lakes Produce Auction growers. This year we will focus on farm food safety clarifications, soil health, pepper pests, strawberries, and control of tomato and vine crop diseases through use of biopesticides. 2.5 DEC recertification credits will be available in category 23, and 0.5 credits in category 22.


Introduction to Winter Growing Webinar

January 2, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Join vegetable specialists Elisabeth Hodgdon (ENYCHP) and Judson Reid (Cornell Vegetable Program) for a webinar on winter vegetable production in high tunnels. 

Introduction to Winter Growing Webinar

January 2, 2020

2020 Ontario Produce Auction Winter Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Stanley, NY

2020 Ontario Produce Auction Winter Growers Meeting

This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, varieties and marketing issues in vegetables and small fruit. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest/disease, cultural management and appropriate spray options. An anticipated 1.0 hours of content is eligible for re-certification credits.

2020 Ontario Produce Auction Winter Growers Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Stanley, NY

2020 Ontario Produce Auction Winter Growers Meeting

This course will educate growers on disease and pest management, varieties and marketing issues in vegetables and small fruit. Topics such as disease resistant varieties, pest/disease, cultural management and appropriate spray options. An anticipated 1.0 hours of content is eligible for re-certification credits.


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

January 9, 2020
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch provided
Albion, NY


Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am, lunch is provided, meeting adjourns at 5:30pm. Note the reduced registration thanks to grant funds from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and the Niagara County Farm to School Program!

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Albion

January 9, 2020
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch provided
Newark, NY


Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am, lunch is provided, meeting adjourns at 5:30pm

Apple IPM :: Basics for Orchard Employees

January 10, 2020

Apple IPM: Basics for Orchard Employees

January 10, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Apple IPM: Basics for Orchard Employees

Have farm employees that need recertification credits? We will be covering the basics of integrated pest management, including how to monitor traps, evaluate insect thresholds, and use prediction models to better manage common orchard pests of Northern New York.

We will also discuss IPM tactics for managing apple scab, fire blight, obliquebanded leafroller, apple maggot, and some common weeds in the orchard.

2020 Empire State Producers Expo, Becker Forum, PSA Grower Training Course

January 13 - January 16, 2020
All Day - Jan 14-16, Becker Forum is Jan 13, PSA Grower Training Course is Jan 14
Syracuse, NY


This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.

2020 Empire State Producers Expo, Becker Forum, PSA Grower Training Course

January 13 - January 16, 2020
All Day - Jan 14-16, Becker Forum is Jan 13, PSA Grower Training Course is Jan 14
Syracuse, NY


This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.


2020 Empire State Producers Expo, Berry Sessions

January 13 - January 16, 2020
All Day - Jan 14-16, Becker Forum is Jan 13, PSA Grower Training Course is Jan 14
Syracuse, NY


This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.


2020 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14 - January 16, 2020
1.25 hr sessions throughout each day
Syracuse, NY

2020 Empire State Producers EXPO

The 2020 Empire State Producers Expo combines the major fruit and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. 

2020 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 14 - January 16, 2020
1.25 hr sessions throughout each day
Syracuse, NY

2020 Empire State Producers EXPO

The 2020 Empire State Producers Expo combines the major fruit and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada. 


Apple IPM Intensive Workshop - A Certificate Program - At the 2020 Empire Producer's Expo

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 15 - January 16, 2020
W 2pm - 5pm, T 9am - 12pm (see agenda for details)
Syracuse, NY


See details for detailed time and topic agenda.  

Apple IPM Intensive Workshop - A Certificate Program - At the 2020 Empire Producer's Expo

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 15 - January 16, 2020
W 2pm - 5pm, T 9am - 12pm (see agenda for details)
Syracuse, NY


See details for detailed time and topic agenda.  


January Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

January 27, 2020
4:00 pm


Are you curious about what grants are available to help your farm business?

To help disseminate information on grants on a consistent basis, ENYCH is offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at 4:00pm

Each month's webinar focuses on 1 grant.  The January webinar topic is TBD.

Western S. Tier Produce Meeting

January 28, 2020

Precision Pruning for Apple Crop Load Management

January 30, 2020



February 2020

2020 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

February 3 - February 4, 2020


This all day event provides 2 near-identical programs available on the West and East sides of Rochester on consecutive days.  We are featuring an intensive Precision Honeycrisp management school in addition to updates on Labor, Fruit Farm Business Summary, as well as pests and diseases, including European Cherry Fruit Fly.  


2020 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School - check back for more details

February 4 - November 30, -0001


Save the Date!

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Poughkeepsie

February 4, 2020

Precision Agriculture Series - Niagara County

February 4 - March 5, 2020

Precision Agriculture Series - Steuben County

February 6 - April 9, 2020

Precision Agriculture Series - Seneca County

February 7 - April 3, 2020

In-Depth Strawberry Substrate Workshop

February 11 - February 13, 2020

High Tunnel Tomato Production Farmer to Farmer Workshop-Saratoga

February 12, 2020

2020 Upper Genesee Valley Produce Growers Meeting

February 14, 2020

Creating Pollinator Habitat: How Do I Plant It?

February 18, 2020

Precision Agriculture Series - Erie County

February 19 - March 25, 2020

2020 Lake Erie Region Vegetable Meeting

February 20, 2020

Diversifying Production on Small Farms - A Webinar Series about Opportunities

February 20 - March 19, 2020

Precision Agriculture Series - Genesee County

February 20 - March 27, 2020

2020 ENYCHP Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 25 - February 26, 2020


Save the Date for our upcoming 2020 Fruit & Vegetable Conference at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY.


FSMA/PSA Grower Training Course

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 25, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Albany, NY


A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  At least one person per farm producing more than $25,000 worth of fruits and vegetables must attend this course once.  Participants will receive a certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. 

*Registration is Required.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

February 25, 2020

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Capital Region

February 27, 2020



March 2020

Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Eastern NY

March 2 - March 3, 2020


Join us for a hands-on workshop to explore best practices in supervising farm employees. Participants will learn concepts in leadership and immediately apply them through hands-on practice and interaction. Experienced and new supervisors will benefit from the workshop as well as those who are not yet supervisors but expect to have that responsibility soon.


2020 Orange County Onion School

March 6, 2020

2020 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

March 10, 2020

Agricultural Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

March 11 - March 12, 2020

Stone Fruit Pest Management for the 2020 Growing Season

March 16, 2020

Stone Fruit Pest Management for the 2020 Growing Season

March 16, 2020

Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Western NY - CANCELLED

March 16 - March 17, 2020

"Wash Pack School" Worshop CANCELLED due to low registration numbers- to be rescheduled at a later date

March 17, 2020

*POSTPONED* Tree Fruit IPM for Employees

March 18, 2020

DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training - CANCELLED

March 18 - March 20, 2020


CANCELLED - Specific test areas of concern can be discussed via phone click event for more details

In our region, we will offer "Pre-Exam Coaching" in Orleans County in March to help sprayer operators prepare for the exam. 

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.


Tomato Workshop: For Production in Soilless Media in Greenhouses

March 18, 2020

Creating Pollinator Habitat: What Insects Should I Expect?

March 19, 2020

Hands-on Pruning Demonstration with Dr. Terence Robinson - Champlain Valley

March 19, 2020

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

March 19, 2020
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch provided
Newark, NY


Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am, lunch is provided, meeting adjourns at 5:30pm

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Newark - CANCELLED

March 19, 2020
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch provided
Newark, NY


Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am, lunch is provided, meeting adjourns at 5:30pm

2020 Pruning Meetings - CANCELLED

March 23 - March 25, 2020


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, the Pruning Workshops at both locations on March 23rd and 25th have been cancelled.  However, the content will be videoed and the recording will be made available to all of our enrollees shortly thereafter. Look for an email with the information later next week or early the week of March 30.


DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam - CANCELLED

March 24, 2020

ONLINE: Cole Crop School

March 30, 2020

Bloom Thinning with the Pollen Tube Growth Model

March 31, 2020



April 2020

Cancelled - Respirator Fit Testing Clinics in WNY & Finger Lakes 2020

April 1 - May 14, 2020

OSHA Compliant Fit Testing and Training in Pultneyville - CANCELLED - see for link with temporary enforcement guidance

April 1 - April 9, 2020


Click details for temporary enforcement guidance on Annual Fit Testing.     

- CANCELLED - In a collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, Wayne County Farm Bureau and the Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services (FLOHS), we are offering the opportunity for Fit Test and Training provided by the FLOHS.


Valent Pome Fruit Portfolio Webinars - Free

April 1 - April 8, 2020


Join Our Upcoming Valent Pome Fruit Portfolio Webinars

Each webinar will cover timely topics to help prepare you for the upcoming apple season. Each webinar will include an expert panel as well as time for questions and answers.

 The expert panel will include: 

  • Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University
  • Greg Clarke, Senior Field Market Development Specialist, Valent
  • Poliana Francescatto, Valent BioSciences
  • Eric Ott, Field Market Development Specialist, Valent
  • Valent Territory Sales Reps

REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

April 3, 2020


UPDATE: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has approved a revised Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Special Permit Training (SPT) Program for 2020. This will accommodate current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing.  Our previously announced SPT in-person training sessions scheduled in Wayne and Orleans counties for April 7 and 8 have been cancelled. 

  Although we will provide more details on how the training will look soon, for now I want to stress to everyone that trainings will be offered this spring, and that the pre-registration deadline of March 30th is especially critical this year.

View Details for more info.

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.


REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

April 3, 2020

CANCELLED (in-person): 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

April 7 - April 8, 2020


THIS IN-PERSON EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT A REVISED PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. THE DATE AND TIME OF THE REVISED PROGRAM WILL BE DETERMINED SOON. 

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels
and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.


CANCELLED - In-Person 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

April 7 - April 8, 2020


UPDATE: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has approved a revised Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Special Permit Training (SPT) Program for 2020. This will accommodate current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing.  Our previously announced SPT in-person training sessions scheduled in Wayne and Orleans counties for April 7 and 8 have been cancelled. 

  Although we will provide more details on how the training will look soon, for now I want to stress to everyone that trainings will be offered this spring, and that the pre-registration deadline of March 30th is especially critical this year.

View Details for more info.

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.


*CANCELLED* Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Hygienic Design Workshop

April 15, 2020

CANCELLED: Wash Pack School: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Hygienic Design

April 22, 2020

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

April 23 - May 7, 2020


Got commercial vegetable questions? Get LIVE answers every Thursday night from 7:00-8:00pm! This event is hosted on Zoom or you can call in for farmer-driven production conversations, dynamic troubleshooting with CCE Specialists, and photo diagnostics of crop issues and pests. Learn how to identify the pests affecting your crops.

To prevent Zoombombing, register here online and the Zoom link will be in the email confirmation that is sent to you. Growers can also join us by calling 1-646-518-9805, meeting ID: 450 507 028.

Do you have a photo of your crop that you want help diagnosing? Email it to us in advance and we'll discuss it during the meeting. 


USDA/SBA COVID-19 Programs Update

April 23, 2020

Weekly Berry Office Hours

April 23 - July 2, 2020


Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone.  Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue followed by Q&A.

Join in each week, view the recordings that will be posted.


Crop Insurance Listening Session: Feasibility of Revenue Coverage for Apples

April 28, 2020

Best Management Practices for U-Pick During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2020

ONLINE Office Hours for Commercial Vegetable Growers

April 30, 2020



May 2020

ONLINE Office Hours for Commercial Vegetable Growers

May 7, 2020

CCE LOF 'Spring Pink Meeting' - Actual Date May 11

May 11, 2020

Spotted Lanternfly Workshop - Online

May 13, 2020

CFAP Informational Webinar

May 14, 2020

ONLINE Office Hours for Commercial Vegetable Growers

May 14, 2020

Virtual Petal Fall & Thinning Meeting

May 14 - May 28, 2020

Extended Registration for REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

May 15, 2020

Finding Urban Land to Farm: Selecting Property for Farming (ONLINE)

May 16, 2020

COPY - Spring Meeting Series

May 21 - June 5, 2020


Spring Meeting Series focus on topics such as precision crop load management, pest, & nutrition related to the current phenology of the apple orchards.  These virtual meetings (live & recorded) will be created through Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  Please note that due to phenology dates and times of these meetings are subject to change, please be sure to check the website and Lake Ontario Fruit Program publications & emails often.

Recordings for the previous meetings in this series can be found at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=707&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38


ONLINE Office Hours for Commercial Vegetable Growers

May 21, 2020

Spring Meeting Series

May 21 - June 5, 2020


Spring Meeting Series focus on topics such as precision crop load management, pest, & nutrition related to the current phenology of the apple orchards.  These virtual meetings (live & recorded) will be created through Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  Please note that due to phenology dates and times of these meetings are subject to change, please be sure to check the website and Lake Ontario Fruit Program publications & emails often.

Recordings for the previous meetings in this series can be found at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=707&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38




June 2020

Lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take?

June 9, 2020

Lunchtime Webinar: Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews During COVID-19, What Actions Should Growers Take?

June 9, 2020

Food Safety and Wash/Pack Facilities Training

June 15, 2020

Q & A Session, Wed June 24th - Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19: What Actions Should Farms Take?

June 24, 2020

Summer Insect Management in Cherry - Keeping Covered for SWD

June 29, 2020



July 2020

In-Person Meeting Update for 2020 Growing Season

July 1 - July 31, 2020

LOF Summer Fruit Series

July 7 - August 11, 2020


This educational series of videos in the orchard and indoor presentation style will provide growers with educational information, and updates on research in 2020.  Please join us as we cover a different topic in each episode.  Click 'view details' and scroll down to find the event you are looking for.


Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases (Webinar)

July 8, 2020

Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases Webinar

July 8, 2020

Listening Session for New York State Apple Producers Changes Proposed for Apple Crop Insurance Program -

July 9, 2020

SAP Analysis

July 13 - July 20, 2020

How Should my Business Respond to COIVID-19? A Q & A Zoom Session for Apple Packing Facilities

July 16, 2020

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020

2020 (Virtual) Greenhouse IPM In-Depth Workshop

July 28, 2020

COVID-19 Webinar: What we Know, Reopening Safely, and Guidance for Social Situations

July 28, 2020

Managing Humidity and Condensation in Coolers

July 29, 2020

Farm Labor 102: Guidance on the New Legislation in New York

July 30, 2020



August 2020

Virtual Harvest PGR and Storage

August 4, 2020

Safe Harvest 2020: COVID-19 Office Hours for Agricultural Producers and Packers

August 25 - September 29, 2020


Beginning on Tuesday, August 25th at 4:00 PM EST, Cornell CALS and CCE will host office hours for farmers and packers to answer any questions they might have about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19.  Participants will be able to log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or just to listen. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions immediately, questions that the experts cannot answer right away will be recorded, studied and answered later. The next 6 weeks are a critical time for the farm workforce as seasonal harvest ramps up, so the office hours will repeat every Tuesday at 4:00 PM EST through the end of September. Look for log in information and phone numbers in coming news releases and watch this website: www.agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu.




September 2020

Fresh Market Potato and Onion Twilight Meeting

September 3, 2020

Agritourism Best Management Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar

September 4, 2020



October 2020

2020 Fall Round Up: Fall Management for Your Livestock, Pasture, and Business

October 29, 2020



November 2020

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

November 9, 2020

Foundations in Hemp Production

November 9 - December 21, 2020

Biochar Webinar Series

November 10 - November 19, 2020

Fruit Advisory Meeting

November 10, 2020

Managing Stone Fruit Bacterial Disease Problems Webinar

November 11, 2020

IPM Forum: New Tools of IPM

November 13, 2020

Food Safety and Wash/Pack Facilities: Virtual Training

November 16, 2020

COPY - Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

November 17, 2020


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

  • Do you bring groups of seasonal employees onto your farm?  Are you already up to your eyeballs when they arrive?
  • Every year do you say that NEXT year you will be more organized when they arrive?
  • Do you find it challenging to keep up with all of the regulatory and paperwork requirements for bringing on a new employee?

Then Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees is for YOU!

CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the CCE Ag Workforce Development Program, have a planning guide and training programs to help you prepare your farm for next year's seasonal employees.  Our motto is: Safe, Productive and Engaged from Day 1!


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

November 17, 2020


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

  • Do you bring groups of seasonal employees onto your farm?  Are you already up to your eyeballs when they arrive?
  • Every year do you say that NEXT year you will be more organized when they arrive?
  • Do you find it challenging to keep up with all of the regulatory and paperwork requirements for bringing on a new employee?

Then Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees is for YOU!

CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the CCE Ag Workforce Development Program, have a planning guide and training programs to help you prepare your farm for next year's seasonal employees.  Our motto is: Safe, Productive and Engaged from Day 1!


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

November 25, 2020


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

  • Do you bring groups of seasonal employees onto your farm?  Are you already up to your eyeballs when they arrive?
  • Every year do you say that NEXT year you will be more organized when they arrive?
  • Do you find it challenging to keep up with all of the regulatory and paperwork requirements for bringing on a new employee?

Then Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees is for YOU!

CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the CCE Ag Workforce Development Program, have a planning guide and training programs to help you prepare your farm for next year's seasonal employees.  Our motto is: Safe, Productive and Engaged from Day 1!




December 2020

Storage Crop Facility School: Large-Scale Vegetable (Potato and Cabbage)

December 1, 2020

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

December 2, 2020

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

December 2, 2020

A decade of SWD: Lessons for management

December 8, 2020

Storage Crop Facility School

December 8, 2020

Storage Crop Facility School: Smaller-Scale Mixed Vegetable Storage

December 8, 2020

2020 Vegetable Variety Trial Highlights

December 9, 2020

2019 Lake Ontario Fruit Advisory Meeting

December 12, 2020
tentatively 9:30am-3:30pm
Spencerport, NY


Please join us for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the Lake Ontario Fruit Program team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Advisory meetings are important for the team to ensure that our programs and research are aligned with the industry's needs.


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

December 14, 2020


Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees - Get Organized for 2021!

  • Do you bring groups of seasonal employees onto your farm?  Are you already up to your eyeballs when they arrive?
  • Every year do you say that NEXT year you will be more organized when they arrive?
  • Do you find it challenging to keep up with all of the regulatory and paperwork requirements for bringing on a new employee?

Then Onboarding Seasonal Farm Employees is for YOU!

CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the CCE Ag Workforce Development Program, have a planning guide and training programs to help you prepare your farm for next year's seasonal employees.  Our motto is: Safe, Productive and Engaged from Day 1!


2020 NYS Processing Vegetable Advisory Meetings

December 15 - December 16, 2020


We are holding the processing commodity advisory meetings virtually on Zoom since we are not able to hold an in-person meeting this year due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. On Tuesday, December 15, the snap bean meeting will be held in the morning, with the pea and sweet corn meeting in the afternoon. The beet and carrot meeting will be held the morning of Wednesday, December16. You can log-in with the same Zoom link for any or all sessions. The meetings will cover a review of the 2020 growing season, reports of funded projects, and discussion of research priorities for the coming year. 

Cost: FREE!

Pre-registration is required. Registration will grant you access to all three sessions/meetings. After you register, you will receive an email a few days before the conference with a link to connect to the conference via Zoom. REGISTER HERE NOW
 
The conference will be held using an online videoconferencing platform called Zoom. Don't have Zoom? Sign up for free at Zoom  and click on "Sign Up, It's Free"

DEC credits are available. In order to receive DEC credits, you have to pre-register, enter your DEC ID number AND upload a photo of your DEC ID license (or email a picture or photocopy of your DEC ID license to Julie Kikkert at least 1 day prior to the event). You can only receive credit if BOTH of those are submitted and match. It is also required to have your Zoom log in name match the name on your DEC ID. If you need to change your name in Zoom, hover over your window and click on the three (•••) dots in the upper righthand corner. Select "rename" to change your screen name displayed. 
 
CCA credits are also available after each talk. Please download the certified crop advisor app prior to the conference




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Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asian Pears

Asian Pears

Blueberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Cherries

Currants

Currants

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Nectarines

Nectarines

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Plums

Plums

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Strawberries

Strawberries

Unusual Fruit

Unusual Fruit

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Upcoming Events

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

March 22, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1

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.  


March 24, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
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.

March 29, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 3

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.

March 31, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 4

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.

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

March 22, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1

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.

March 24, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2
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.

March 29, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 3

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.

March 31, 2021 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 4

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.

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Wayne County - DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Exam

April 1, 2021
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.

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Announcements

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2021 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.

NOW - please scroll down to find links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!


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.

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH


For the full article click the link below.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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