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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.

May 2018

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop

May 15 - May 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Colchester, VT

Dairy Science and Sanitation Workshop
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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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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