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February 2018

Small-Scale Commercial Value-Added Dairy or Meat Production

February 12, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lowville, NY

Small-Scale Commercial Value-Added Dairy or Meat Production
This presentation will introduce you to the ins and outs of small-scale dairy or meat production. Participants can choose to listen to dairy related topics OR meat related topics.

Starting a Winery in Northern NY: Costs and Considerations Webinar

February 13, 2018
1:00 PM EST

Starting a Winery in Northern NY: Costs and Considerations Webinar
Are you interested in starting a winery? This webinar will look at the current wine industry in northern NY and will include information on current wine sales, markets, winery establishment costs, licensing resources, growing grapes vs purchasing grapes or juice, winery building, and potential financial help resources. We will also go over using the Excel spreadsheets that are intended to help determine the cost of establishing a winery.

This webinar information can be applied outside of the NNY region.

Market Strategies for Retail and Wholesale

February 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Canton, NY

Market Strategies for Retail and Wholesale
Session for veggie, fruit, value-added and general producers. Presenter are Lindsey Pashow, Ag Business Development & Marketing Specialist for Harvest NY and Ian Ater owner/operator of Fledgling Crow Vegetables in Keeseville, NY.

Small-Scale Value-Added Dairy

February 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Plattsburgh, NY

Small-Scale Value-Added Dairy
This presentation will introduce you to the ins and outs of small-scale cheese, yogurt and other value-added dairy production.

March 2018

Pork Processing Workshop

March 2, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cobleskill, NY

Pork Processing Workshop
Maximize our meat profit! Learn how to cut a hog carcass, make sausage, and market your pork. Process the whole pig!

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference

March 27 - March 28, 2018
Tues: 8:00 AM registration, 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM includes networking time
Waterloo, NY

Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference
The 2018 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference will be on Tuesday March 27th at the del Lago Casino & Resort in Waterloo, NY featuring multiple tracks with sessions covering legal issues, tax issues, marketing, distribution, beer and cider production issues. Hear from Government officials, craft beverage industry representatives, university researchers, extension educators, brewers, and cider makers about important topics related to your business and industry.

This event includes a trade show and opportunities for networking (including a Social Hour following the sessions) with others in your industry. 

The day following the main 2018 Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference we have two separate field trips planned (this costs an extra $20). Participants will choose between the 'Brewery' field trip and the 'Cidery' field trip. The Brewery Field trip will include a trip to Fleur de Lis Beer Works. They will be brewing one of their beers while we are there -explaining the steps as they brew. The Cidery Field trip will be to Red Jacket Orchard and Nursery, as well as a local cidery to be decided.

April 2018

Collaborative Marketing

April 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Watertown, NY

Collaborative Marketing
Are you considering entering a collaborative marketing arrangement? This workshop will provide information on how to identify personal and logistical farm-based criteria for collaborative marketing, how to identify potential collaborative marketing partners, and evaluating collaborative relationships. Additionally, attendees can learn what the NNY Food Hub is up to and how growers can participate. 

It's Time for Agriculture Marketing and Business Plans

April 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lowville, NY

It's Time for Agriculture Marketing and Business Plans
So you have a new product or one you are thinking of starting up. What's your end point? Come join us for engaging conversation on the path to follow. Peggy Murray, Farm Business Educator from CCE Lewis will discuss the importance of creating a business plan. Marketing considerations will be emphasized by Michele Ledoux, Executive Director of CCE Lewis, and Lindsey Pashow of CCE Harvest NY will talk participants through how to effectively use digital marketing to their advantage.

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Upcoming Events

Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety (Online Course)

July 1 - December 31, 2018

This online workshop (with rolling registration) is designed for those involved and interested in fluid milk processing and testing with the intent of providing the tools to support and improve on quality assurance/control and food safety programs for bottled milks. While the course design assumes participants have some prior knowledge of dairy microbiology & processing (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation Course), critical concepts will be reviewed and expanded on for those who do not. This course can be taken as a stand-along program, but it also fulfills the core training requirement of a Cornell Dairy Foods Certificate for Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety after all required prerequisite courses have been taken (e.g., Dairy Science & Sanitation, HACCP, HTST).
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Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop (VT)

September 25 - September 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Colchester, VT

The Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop is tailored to dairy processing personnel and is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of dairy science and safety, as well as emphasize dairy processing establishment needs related to dairy sanitation to ensure that proper programs are conducted in their establishments. 
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Writing Your Business & Marketing Plan

October 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Watertown, NY

This session is designed for those who are looking to take their business to the next level. It will include discussion and coverage of the components and considerations for a strong business plan in addition to an in depth look at the marketing plan. This course will also provide you with a template to complete the respective plans.
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Announcements

Growing for Wholesale Guidelines Available

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 17 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: acorn squash, broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts, corn, green peppers, cucumbers, green cabbage, red cabbage, savory cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, jalapenos, poblanos, Hungarian hot peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.

Acceptable quality standards and common defects that should be sorted out on the grading line are depicted in these resources, both visually and in outline form. Find all of the grading sheets here.

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