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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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NY Crop Insurance Availability by County & Crop

Apiculture, Dairy-RP, LGM, Nursery, PRF and WFRP policies are available throughout the entire state. Here is a table showing RMA crop insurance availability by county and crop in New York State.  

If a crop is not covered in your county, you may still be eligible for a written agreement for that crop. Please contact an insurance agent to see if this is an option for you.

More information about crop insurance is available through Cornell's New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

Beginning Producer Benefits for Crop Insurance

A qualifying beginning producer can potentially receive benefits in the crop insurance program. These benefits are designed to help start your operation. In this article, Stephen Hadcock, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, outlines the 4 crop insurance benefits available to beginning producers.
1) An exemption from paying the administrative fee for catastrophic coverage and additional coverage.
2) Receive an additional 10 percentage points of premium subsidy for additional coverage policies with a subsidy premium.
3) Utilize the actual production history (APH) of a farming operation that producer was previously involved in.
4) Utilize 80% of an applicable T-yield, instead of the normal 60%, as a substitute Yield Adjustment.

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