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February 2019

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

February 26 - February 27, 2019
2 days
Plattsburgh, NY

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop
This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a FSMA compliant, preventive control (PC)-based, food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in development process. PCQI lead trainers will be present to review topics and answer questions.

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Course

February 26 - April 2, 2019
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
New York, NY

Indoor Specialty Mushroom Cultivation Course
The six-week course combines mushroom growing and marketing instruction with discussions about the ethnography of mushroom production. 

Manure Applicator Training (CCE-Steuben County)

February 28, 2019
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Bath, NY

Manure Applicator Training
DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms Thursday, February 28, 2019
Two Sites!

Manure Applicator Training (CCE-Wyoming County)

February 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Warsaw, NY

Manure Applicator Training
DEC Approved Training for CAFO Farms Thursday, February 28, 2019
Two Sites!

March 2019

Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Conservation Short Course

March 1, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM PST
Brooklyn, NY

Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Conservation Short Course
This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of pollinator and beneficial insect natural history and farm practices that support these populations, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology and integrated crop pollination, the economics of insect pollination, basic field identification, and evaluating pollinator and beneficial insect habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Ellicottville

March 5, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Ellicottville, NY

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Ellicottville
The New York State Berry Growers Association is partnering with the experts art Cornell CCE to bring you the region's first-ever blueberry intensive, an in-depth look at blueberry growing techniques, pests and diseases, marketing and other business topics, and an afternoon demonstration on working farms. 

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Millbrook

March 14, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Millbrook, NY

Blueberry Intensive Workshop--Millbrook
The New York State Berry Growers Association is partnering with the experts art Cornell CCE to bring you the region's first-ever blueberry intensive, an in-depth look at blueberry growing techniques, pests and diseases, marketing and other business topics, and an afternoon demonstration on working farms. 

GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference

March 30, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
New York, NY

GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference
Kick-off the community gardening season in New York City at this full-day event packed with workshops on garden related topics including food systems education, kids' activities, vegetable growing techniques, and community garden design for the present and future.

April 2019

Growing Tomatoes for Market

April 8, 2019
Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
New York, NY

Growing Tomatoes for Market
In this workshop we'll discuss systems for growing tomatoes at a small market scale. Jason Grauer will share his tomato growing techniques, from selecting varieties and propagating seedlings to trellising and pruning. We will also review some of last year's worst tomato pests and diseases in NYC and what to do about them. With guest speaker Jason Grauer, senior crops manager at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

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Strategic Workforce Approaches Symposium

May 22, 2019
Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Ithaca, NY

Retention. Attraction. Workforce. People. The dairy industry has consistently shared that these factors need to be improved. Our Cornell Dairy team is hosting a Strategic Workforce Approaches Symposium on Wednesday, May 22nd where we will be hearing from industry partners on existing workforce development resources and current strategies that are working for businesses. Featured speakers will include the Manufacturers Association of Central New York; Bruce Krupke, Executive Vice President of Northeast Dairy Foods Association; Dr. Richard Stup, Agriculture Workforce Specialist of Cornell University; and an industry panel, "Navigating Employee Interaction Strategies."
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NYS Agricultural Soil Survey

In order to better understand the unique soils used in New York City's urban farms, Cornell Cooperative Extension's urban agriculture program launched the NYC Survey of Agricultural Soils in 2018. After obtaining soil and plant tissue analysis from ten urban farms in NYC, we are expanding the survey in 2019 with the goal of informing best management practices for unique productive urban soils. See our preliminary findings and more information, including a how-to tip sheet for NYC urban farmers on collecting soil samples and getting a soil test.

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