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Impacts in New York

Impacts in New YorkHarvest NY Specialists develop educational programs that increase agricultural investments, profitability and sustainability. They play a vital role to New York State agriculture by bringing together industry stakeholders to respond to emerging trends, connecting them to Cornell University research and training, and production support provided by the Cornell Cooperative Extension regional agriculture teams.





Program Highlights, April - June 2021

  • Urban Garden Specialists Join Harvest New York
  • Conservation Biocontrol on Urban Farms
  • Introducing the Harvest NY Regional Farm to School Coordinator Program
  • New Farm to School Website Connects Collaborators Across NYS
  • Small Fruits Extension Specialist Digs Right In
  • New Lead Trainer for the Produce Safety Alliance

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Program Highlights, January-March 2021

  • Risk Management for Improved Viability of the Northeast Hemp Industry: Harvest NY Awarded a Grant to Evaluate Solutions to Risks Associated with the New Hemp Industry
  • Providing Berry Extension Locally and Nationwide From Behind a Screen
  • Harvest NY Launches the Farm to School Regional Coordinator Program
  • Farm to School Program Work Team Webinar Series
  • The Eastern Broccoli Market Opportunity Assessment for New York State
  • Fluid Milk Processing for Quality and Safety Training
  • Advancing Sustainable Pest Management for NY Urban Farmers

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2020 Year in Review

Harvest NY showed its strength and agility in 2020 by delivering huge impacts while shifting to virtual programming due to COVID-19. Not only did we have to change our delivery model, our program content also became COVID focused to keep essential food businesses safe and operational. This included supporting compliance with health guidelines at food distribution sites, reaching New York families with New York grown food, supporting processing plants to limit the spread of the virus and importantly, helping New York farms stay open to feed our State.

  • CSA Shares (Re)Directed to Those in Need
  • Farm to Institution Expansion
  • A Farmer-to-Farmer Summit for New York City
  • Helping to Preserve the Food Industry Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Successful Opening of Unique Ice Cream Business Allows Community to Experience a Hispanic-Style Treat
  • Berry Extension During a Pandemic
  • New York's Produce Auctions Adapt and Experience Record Sales in 2020

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Program Highlights, July-September 2020

  • What's Wrong with my Veggie Plants?
  • Urban Farms Enjoy an Extended Season by Implementing Pest Management Techniques
  • Local Procurement Hindered by Emergency Feeding Waivers
  • Highlight and Promote the Consumption of Locally-Grown Foods in Schools: Customizable Marketing Materials Available for Each District's Use
  • USDA Awards Cornell University $2M to Support a Value-Added Grains Project
  • Summer 2020 Blueberry Research to Identify a Cultural Control Method for an Invasive Fruit Fly
  • Carolina's Ice Cream: Bringing Peruvian Flavor to New York
  • Dairy and Food Safety Virtual Workshops, Q3 2020
  • Produce Auction Continues to See Increased Sales

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Program Highlights, April-June 2020

This Quarterly Highlights report depicts the swift response Harvest NY had to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Making "Virtual" a Reality
  • Training Materials Developed to Help Reduce Virus Transmission in the Food Industry Workplace and Beyond
  • Berry Extension During a Pandemic
  • New U-Pick Guidelines Developed
  • Supporting New York's Essential Produce Auctions During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Exploring New Marketing Options Due to COVID-19
  • Adapting to Online Learning Through Interactive Virtual Mushroom Cultivation Instruction
  • Technical Assistance for Urban Farms During COVID-19
  • Farm to School Continues Through School Closings
  • Power in Networks
  • Tim Terry Moves to PRO-DAIRY

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Program Highlights, January-March 2020

  • Buffalo Farm to School Awards Food Bids to Local Farmers and Small Food Producers in the Amount of $844,485
  • Harvest NY Welcomes Western NY Farm to Institution Coordinator to the Team
  • Eastern Broccoli Project Market Development Research Underway
  • Successful Strawberry Substrate 3-Day Workshop Inspires Growers
  • New Developments in Urban Agriculture Soil Management
  • Cold Frames: A Season Extension Option for Urban Farms
  • Cow Comfort: Key to 'The Next Pound'
  • Offering Customized Services to Dairy Food Processing Facilities of All Sizes Across New York State
  • Harvest NY Works with Institute for Food Safety to Develop Industry and Consumer Resources for COVID-19
  • Supporting New York's Agriculture and Food Economy from a Distance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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HNY Year End Review 2019

  • Dairy Processing & Marketing 2019 Review
  • Peer-to-Peer Update
  • Agricultural Impacts in 2019
  • Building Relationships with Berry Growers
  • Craft Beverage Industry 2019 Update
  • Urban Agriculture Program 2019 Highlights
  • Agricultural Business & Marketing- Year in Review
  • Hemp Industry 2019 Update

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Program Highlights, October-December 2019

  • Harvest NY Receives Local Food Promotion Grant!
  • Welcome Karen Ospina
  • Field Trial: Soil pH Management for Urban Agriculture
  • Harvest NY Helps Urban Growers Enter New Markets
  • Harvest NY Co-Hosts 3rd Empire State Barley & Malt Summit
  • Educational Marketing Outreach in Northern New York
  • Dairy Food Processing & Marketing 4th Quarter Update
  • Berry Workshop Held at Alfred State
  • Farm Strategic Planning: 2019 By the Numbers

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Program Highlights, July-September 2019

  • Rapid Response in Dairy Food Safety
  • Installation of Chamber Unit for Mushroom Production in NYC farms & gardens
  • New York Farm to School Institute's Inaugural Year
  • 3rd Quarter Berry Production Update
  • Peer-to-Peer Assistance
  • Addressing Plant Diseases on Urban Farms
  • Ag Business Development & Marketing 3rd Program Updates
  • Dairy Industry Outreach

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Program Highlights, April- June 2019

  • Harvest NY Tag Teams with Cornell Vegetable Program
  • New York Farm to School 2nd Quarter Update
  • Strategic Workforce Approaches Symposium
  • Growing Specialty Mushroom Industry in the NYC and Regional Foodshed
  • New Strategies to Connect with Urban Farmers
  • Agricultural Business Development & Marketing 2nd Quarter Updates

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Program Highlights, January-March 2019

• CAFO Training
• New York Farm to School Feed
• Local Beef, it's what's for lunch in Buffalo
• Dairy Food Processing 1st Quarter Program Updates
• Spawning an Interest in Specialty Mushrooms in NYC
• NYC Agricultural Soil Surveys Enters Second Year
• Agricultural Business Development & Marketing 1st Quarter Updates

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HNY Year End Review 2018

  • Dairy Food Processing & Marketing 2018 Review
  • Farm Strategic Planning: 2018 By the Numbers
  • Agricultural Impacts in 2018
  • Craft Beverage Industry 2018 Update
  • Urban Agriculture Program: Highlights for 2018
  • Agricultural Business & Marketing- Year in Review

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Program Highlights, October-December 2018

  • LEAN-ing Into It
  • Harvest NY Co-hosts 2nd Empire State Barley and Malt Summit
  • Dairy Food Processing & Marketing Quarter 4 Updates
  • Peer-to-peer Farmer Training in NYC
  • Strategic Marketing Conference Recap

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Food Safety: Critical for the Success of NY Farms

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness with over 128,000 hospitalized. According to the Center for Food Integrity, "food safety" is the third most common food topic searched online. The threat to human health from contaminated foods also represents a major financial risk for New York agriculture. 

Harvest NY specialists are leading the effort to keep consumers safe and NYS farms and processing businesses successful in the emerging world of food safety. Despite the diversity of sectors we serve, each of our program areas touch on this topic; from the 4,600+ NY dairy farms, the 64,000 dairy processing jobs, to the 8.5 million residents of New York City. Although we focus on many other issues, Harvest NY recognizes that food safety is essential for New York farmers and consumers.

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Program Highlights, April-June 2018

  • Farm Strategic Planning: Phoenix Rising
  • Upcoming Craft Beverage Events
  • Increased Access of CSA shares to Low-Income Communities in Buffalo
  • Dairy Food Processing & Marketing 2nd Quarter Updates
  • Urban Agriculture 2nd Quarter Updates
  • Northern New York Marketing
  • Northern New York Craft Beverage Cost Establishment Project

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Program Highlights, January-March 2018

  • 1st Quarter Dairy Processing Marketing Update
  • Harvest NY Specialist Presents at the Farm Brewery Roundtable
  • Exciting New Resources for Local Food System Professionals
  • 1st Quarter Urban Agriculture Program Update
  • Harvest NY Equips Veterans
  • North County Meat Series
  • Hard Cider Supply Chain Report & Industry Presentations

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HNY Year End Review 2017

  • Farm Strategic Planning: 2017 in Review
  • Agricultural Impacts in 2017
  • Craft Beverage Industry 2017 Update
  • Dairy Processing & Marketing 2017 Review 
  • Urban Agricultural Program: Highlights for 2017
  • Livestock Processing & Marketing: 2017 Year in Review
  • Northern New York Craft Beverage Industry: 2017 Year in Review

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Program Highlights, October-December 2017

  • Up From the Ashes
  • Harvest New York Fosters Knowledge & Cultivates Connections in the Craft Beer Industry
  • Value-Added Dairy Workshop
  • Livestock Processing- 4th Quarter Update
  • St. Lawrence Valley Produce Auction

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Program Highlights, July-September 2017

  • Reducing Dairy Labor and Expense
  • Harvest NY Connects Farmers and Buyers 
  • From Field to Pint
  • State Fair Dairy Product Awards
  • 3rd Quarter Dairy Training Update
  • Livestock Processing & Marketing 3rd Quarter Update
  • Northern New York Craft Beverage Industry 

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Program Highlights, April-June 2017

  • Efficiency Over Expansion
  • Harvest NY Successfully Completes Developmental Role in Double Up Food Bucks
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food Training Continues
  • North County Dairy Plant Training Course 
  • Livestock Processing & Marketing Second Quarter Update
  • Winery Establishments in Northern New York 

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Program Highlights, January-March 2017

  • Robot Barn Comes Online
  • Harvest NY Specialists complete Evaluation Training 
  • Harvest New York Training Programs
  • International Dairy Foods Association Food Safety Awards
  • Ice Cream Making at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
  • Food Processing Internal Audit Training in Erie County
  • Livestock Processing & Marketing Update
  • Hard Cider: A Growing Beverage and Apple Industry 

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Program Highlights, October-December 2016

  • HNY Strategic Planning Good for the Environment
  • Training & Outreach in Dairy Food Processing and Marketing
  • Food Safety Plan Development
  • Charcuterie Class & Poultry Processing Workshops
  • Northern New York Produce Auction Updates

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HNY Year End Review 2016

  • Farm Strategic Planning: 2016 in Review
  • Local Foods Program: Highlights for 2016
  • Dairy Processing: Training Impacts
  • 2016 Western New York Cheese Workshops
  • Charcuterie Class, Poultry Class, Northeast Livestock Conference
  • Northern New York Produce Auction
  • Expansion Cold Climate Wine Industry- Northern New York 

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Program Highlights, July-September 2016

  • Harvest New York Efforts Coming to Fruition
  • Harvest New York partners on Cornell's Developing an Easter Broccoli Industry project
  • Harvest New York is awarded a $74K USDA Local Food Promotion Program planning grant to support the NYS craft beverage industry
  • Dairy Science in Northern New York
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food Training Continues 
  • Meat Cutting Seminar at SUNY Cobleskill
  • Northern New York Food Hub Initiative 

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Program Highlights, April-June 2016

  • Beef Seminar Cuts to the Chase
  • Workforce Development Trainings
  • Dairy Day Returns to the State Capital 
  • Double Up Food Bucks Program Expanding Across Western New York
  • NYFVI Supports an Expansion of Harvest NY's Programmatic Work in the NYS Malting Barley Industry
  • What's the Next Step for the Southern Tier Ag Industry Enhancement Program?

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Program Highlights, January-March 2016

  • STAIEP Funding Accelerating Farm Growth and Improvement 
  • Wholesale Market Training 
  • Harvest NY Spreads Brewery Supply Chain Information
  • Shaping the Dairy Foods Manufacturing Workforce
  • Educating Students and the Community on production of New York Dairy Products
  • Meat Processing and Marketing Update 
  • Northern New York Cuisine Trails 

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HNY Year End Review 2015

  • Harvest NY Grows!
  • Dairy Strategic Planning- Year in Review
  • Buffalo Farm to School: What We've Learned and Next Steps
  • Double Up Food Bucks: 2015 Program Recap and Next Steps
  • HNY Promotes NYS as Processing Market
  • Malting Barley Supply Chain Analysis
  • Assessing the Costs and Returns of Implementing Food Safety Practices

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Program Highlights, July-September 2015

  • 2015 Legislative Agricultural Tour Recap
  • Agricultural Process in the Genesee Valley and western Southern Tier
  • Farm-to-hospital planning comes to Buffalo
  • Western NY Food Hub Mobilization and Expansion Project Launches. 

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Program Highlights, April-June 2015

  • NYATEP/ Cornell Host 2nd Annual Food & Beverage Workforce Development Summit: A Focus on Food Industry Apprenticeships
  • Innovating Fluid Milk
  • Food Safety Results to be Presented at Upcoming International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting
  • Dairy Strategic Planning Specialist-It's Very Quiet on the Western Front
  • Double Up Food Bucks Western NY (DUFB WNY) expands to 8 new markets during the 2015 farmers market season!
  • Making great progress in the Buffalo Farm to School effort

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Program Highlights, January-March 2015

  • Marketing NYS as a Place for Dairy Foods and Food Processing
  • Harvest NY Assisting with Online Training Programs for Dairy Food Manufacturers
  • Prosperity Through Produce Auctions
  • Farm Investments Strong
  • A Look into Malting Barley and its Economic Effects on Stakeholders in the NYS Supply Chain

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HNY Year End Review 2014

  • New Dairy Farm Strategic Planning Specialist Hits the Ground Running
  • Western NY Food Hub Project Moves into Business Planning Mode
  • Harvest NY Partners with Institutional Markets to Increase Procurement of Local Foods
  • Harvest NY Collaborates Across Disciplines to Explore Greek Yogurt Whey Options
  • Harvest NY Trains over 700 in Food Safety & Dairy Foods Processing
  • Results from Double Up Food Bucks: Increasing Access to Fresh NYS Grown Produce
  • Harvest NY Teams up with NYATEP To Host First Food & Beverage Workforce Development Summit
  • Harvest NY helps demystify the FAQ "What is a Produce Auction and How Do They Work?"
  • Harvest NY Investigates the Impact of Good Agricultural Practices Certification on NYS Farms
  • Harvest NY Specialist joins Farm to Institute New York State Leadership Team

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HNY 1st & 2nd Quarterly Report 2014

  • Double Up Food Bucks Western NY Launches!!
  • Ready to Grow Western NY Food Hub Planning Project Update
  • Expanding the Incubator Program at Cornell's Food Processing Development Lab
  • Harvest NY Hosts Food & Beverage Workforce Development Summit
  • Expanded GAP Training in WNY

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Harvest New York Impacts for 2013

Summary of 2013 Impacts from Harvest New York.

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HNY Year End Review 2013

  • Workforce Development For The Growing Dairy Foods Processing Industry
  • Harvest NY Teams with Milk Quality Improvement Program to Obtain Grant to Research and Educate Farmers on Protocols That Will Benefit Western NY Dairy Processors
  • Harvest NY Maximizes Resources for Western NY Dairies
  • Opportunities for Growth in Western NY Farmers' Markets
  • Western NY Food Hub Feasibility Study to Commence
  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Trainings Provided by Harvest NY Specialist
  • Harvest NY Specialist Helps Family Farm to See Big Returns from Facility Investment

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HNY 3rd Quarterly Report 2013

  • Western New York Food Hub Feasibility Study to Commence!
  • Expanded GAP training in WNY
  • Research & Education on Spore-forming Bacteria Grant Proposal
  • Audit Assistance Provided to Western New York Processors

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HNY 2nd Quarterly Report 2013

  • 2-Year Food Processing Degree Curriculum Approved and Grant Received to Start-Up Program
  • Harvest NY Hosts Cultured Dairy Products Workshops
  • Harvest NY Assists Western NY Agricultural Businesses Obtain Grant Money
  • Harvest NY Co-Facilitates a Food System Roundtable Discussion
  • Growth in the Works for Friendly Acres Dairy Farm
  • Knight Dairy Farm Looks to the Future

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HNY 1st Quarterly Report 2013

  • Workforce Development Initiatives in Food Processing for Western NY
  • New Resource Available: Guide on How to Purchase at the NYS Produce Auctions
  • Southern Tier Dairy Farmers Look to Peers When Seeking to Improve Milk Production with New '10 Pound Club'
  • Survey of Western NY Dairy Farmers Shows Appetite for Growth and Increasing Milk Production Amid Land and Labor Concerns
  • Opportunities for Growth in Western New York Farmers Markets
  • Harvest New York supports the development of a regional food hub in Western New York

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HNY 3rd & 4th Quarterly Report 2012

  • Training of Employees Entering the Food Processing Sector
  • Development of an Acid Whey Work Group
  • New York State produce auctions demonstrate stronger economic growth when they receive effective extension education support services
  • Emerging New York food hubs represent new opportunities for New York State farmers to meet the local food demand
  • Opportunities for Growth and Improvement in Productivity at Farm Level in Western New York Dairy Industry
  • Identifying New York Dairy Farm Growth Opportunities Stemming from Proposed Medium CAFO Permit Threshold Increase

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Upcoming Events

Fall Strawberry Workshop

Event Offers DEC Credits

October 20, 2021
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Fillmore, NY

Deb Wagoner of Wagoner Bees and Produce will lead a discussion of weed control techniques including types of plastic mulch and how they are used to prevent weed infestation in strawberry systems. She will share her experience with irrigation scheduling and a labeling system used for cultivar tracking. She'll also share information about her strawberry harvester with a description of item cost and functionality.

Attendees will also hear from Integrated Weed Management Specialist, Bryan Brown, and WNY Berry Specialist, Anya Osatuke, as they review late-fall pests, fertility management, and seasonal factors determining when to apply a winter mulch to a strawberry planting. 

1.0 DEC credit in categories 10, 1a, 21, 22, and 23 will be offered.
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