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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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Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety (Online Course)

January 1 - June 30, 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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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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Certified Milk Inspector Summer School

July 16 - July 19, 2018
M-W 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Th 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ithaca, NY

Provides detailed instruction of required dairy farm inspections and is a required course for Certified Milk Inspectors (CMI), those who inspect dairy farms. Offered once each summer. 
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Malting Barley: Keys to Successful Production

Malting Barley: Keys to Successful Production in New York State is a comprehensive guide, developed by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, providing 10 essential malting barley production recommendations for growers in New York State.

This publication was produced with support from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority, the New York Farm Viability Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science.

2018 NY Produce Auction Locations and Contact Info

Produce auctions in New York State have been formed so that produce growers have a way of marketing their product to quality minded buyers through open competitive bidding. A map of produce auction locations across the state is provided along with auction days, times, and contact information.

Unsure how to purchase at a produce auction? Our updated How To guide will give you some quick pointers on the auction terminology and how to make purchases at an auction.

Growing for Wholesale Guidelines Available

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 16 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: 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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