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October 2019

Allium Leafminer IPM Twilight Meeting

October 3, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hurley, NY

Allium Leafminer IPM Twilight Meeting
Learn to identify and manage Allium Leafminer (ALM) in your allium crops.
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Specialists Ethan Grundberg and Teresa Rusinek will recap allium leafminer biology and distribution, discuss host preference and provide a tour of the research plots at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. The research focuses on the use of reflective mulch to suppress ALM ovipostion on allium plants and insecticide application timing trial on leeks. The research aims to provide growers with targeted strategies to efficiently and effectively manage ALM. We welcome growers to bring securely bagged samples in clear plastic bags. Ample time will be provided for discussion.

October Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

October 28, 2019
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 October webinar topic is TBD but might feature Ag Labor Housing Grants.

Produce Safety Alliance FSMA Grower Training Course

October 30, 2019
8am - 5pm
Canajoharie, 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. 

November 2019

Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop

November 2 - November 19, 2019

Tarping for Reduced Tillage Workshop
Are you a vegetable farmer already using tarps? Or are you wondering if and how tarps could work best on your farm?

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce a series of workshops on tarping for reduced tillage in small-scale vegetable systems, to be held in Maine and New York this fall. The Reduced Tillage (RT) project of the Cornell Small Farms Program supports farmers in adopting scale-appropriate RT practices that can lead to healthy, productive soils and greater profitability. Through the evaluation of novel tools and methods using systems-based field research and on-farm trials, the project helps farmers learn about the approaches that can work for their farm. This work is accomplished in collaboration with the University of Maine, and with support from Northeast SARE.

2019 WNY Master Class for Bilingual Orchard Crew Members

November 9 - December 13, 2019

WNY Master Class Schedule

Winter Greens High Tunnel Tour

November 13, 2019
9:30am - 4:00pm
Willsboro, NY

Winter Greens High Tunnel Tour
Join us for a tour of overwintered high tunnel greens. Our first stop will be the Willsboro Research Farm, where we will visit our spinach nitrogen fertility experiment, discuss research results, and view a sous vide hot water seed treatment demonstration. Following an early lunch, we will carpool across the lake via the ferry to the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington, Vermont. The Intervale has been providing organic vegetables to the greater Burlington area for 30 years and has a 600 member CSA. Farm manager Andy Jones will discuss their evolving winter greens production practices, including variety selection, soil fertility, irrigation, and food safety practices. After touring their high tunnels and new wash/pack shed, we will return to Willsboro.

Learn About Using the H-2A Program on Small Farms

November 18, 2019
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Schenectady, NY

Learn About Using the H-2A Program on Small Farms
Are you worried about labor next season on your farm?
Are you wondering if the H-2A program will make sense on your farm?

The H-2A program allows US employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the US to fill temporary agricultural jobs. Join us to learn about how to use the H-2A program on small farms. Learn from US DOL H-2A staff and a CSA vegetable farmer, with experience using H-2A, about what it takes to use the program.

Labor Road Show III

November 18 - November 22, 2019

Labor Road Show III
All New York farm employers are affected by new laws that take effect beginning January 1, 2020! New York Labor Road Show III is your opportunity to learn about the changes and position your business for compliance and success in a very different environment.

Farm Transition Planning - Preserving Your Legacy: Workshop November 19 in Monroe County

November 19, 2019
East Rochester, NY

Agriculture is a vital piece of the New York State economy. Our farmers continue to provide jobs and fresh, locally-grown food while helping preserve our land on approximately 7 million acres - nearly a quarter of the state's area. As an economic sector, agriculture contributes over $2.4 billion to the state's gross domestic product and, despite challenges such as fluctuating prices, seasonality, climate or labor issues that are so characteristic to this industry, our farms remain strong.

Press Conference for Harvest Connection

November 20, 2019
Troy, NY

Please join us for refreshments in the cozy farm store at 11am to hear more about he Harvest Connection app by Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County.

November Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

November 25, 2019
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 November webinar topic is TBD.

December 2019

(Program Cancelled) Understanding Farm Taxes and the Schedule F for Beginners

December 4, 2019
Cobleskill, NY

We have cancelled the tax program due to low pre-enrollment.

Reduced Tillage on Muck Soils: Results from Two Years of Squash Trials

Event Offers DEC Credits

December 5, 2019
Pine Island, NY

Reduced Tillage on Muck Soils: Results from Two Years of Squash Trials
ENYCH Vegetable Specialists Ethan Grundberg and Chuck Bornt will discuss results from two years of trialing different cover crop and tillage combinations on muck soil to suppress weeds and harvest cleaner squash.

A complimentary catered lunch will be provided after the program.

Effective Management of Farm Employees: Two-Day Master Class December 9-10 in Orleans County

December 9 - December 10, 2019
Albion, NY

The Effective Management of Farm Employees Master Class is for you if you are a new farm owner or farm manager or you want to improve your skills in HR management. This program will give you the skills you need to effectively hire, train and supervise your farm's employees. The class will be conducted at the Orleans County CCE office on December 9th & 10th.

2019 Lake Ontario Fruit Advisory Meeting

December 12, 2019
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.

December Second- to - Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

December 23, 2019
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.  The December webinar will take place on Dec 23 - the second to last Monday, because of the winter holidays.

Each month's webinar focuses on 1 grant.  The December webinar topic is TBD.
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Upcoming Events

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

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

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.


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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.

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

Apr 13, 20, 27 - Online Farm Financial Management Tuesdays: Farm Business Education in April 2021 - 12:30-1:30PM - Zoom - $5/per session

Apr 14 & 15 - Finger Lakes Beverage Conference - 12:30-6PM - Zoom - $75, including tasting

Apr 23 - Mating Disruption Informal Meeting - 9-10am Wolcott, NY & 2-3pm Kendall, NY - RSVP by 19 Apr with 

Apr 26 & 27 - Wayne Co Respirator Fit Test - 12:30-5pm - $90/person; Register Now call Beth Claypoole 315-331-8415 ext.102.

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.

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.