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Genesee Valley Winter Ag Producer Meetings

This event features 2 sessions: Field Crops & Livestock in the morning, and Produce, Berries, and Flowers in the afternoon. Separate DEC credits are offered for both sessions. Industry and agency informational booths will be available.

Come to one or BOTH of these FREE sessions! Pre-registration requested by 5:00 pm on Monday, January 16. Contact Ben Girod or Lynn Bliven at 716-244-0290 to pre-register.

Walk-ins accepted but are kindly requested to go last in the lunch line and may not receive educational handouts. 



Genesee Valley Winter Ag Producer Meetings Agenda (PDF; 127KB)




Event Details

Session 1: Field Crops & Livestock
Event Offers DEC Credits

Date

January 18, 2023

Time

9:45 am - 12:05 pm

Location

Centerville Town Meeting Space
8902 County Rd 3
Centerville, NY 14029

Cost

FREE!

Pre-register to Ben Girod or Lynn Bliven at 716-244-0290 by 1/16/23 at 5:00 pm.

Host

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Genesee Valley Produce Auction

Elizabeth Buck
585-406-3419


Session 1: Field Crops & Livestock



Session 1: Field Crops & Livestock

DEC credits requested: 0.5 in 1a and 21 (commercial app. ag plant & field crops, private); 0.5 in 1b and 31 (ag animal commercial & ag animal private).

AGENDA:
9:45 am: Arrive, DEC credit sign-in, visit informational booths

10:00 am: Start and welcome

10:05 am: Cattle Grazing -- Camila Lage, SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team
Body condition scoring of beef and dairy cattle as an indicator of pasture nutrition quality, deficiencies, & parasite loads. Hands on body condition scoring with photo examples.

10:20 am: Soil Health -- Matt Havens, Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
What makes good soil, what are our local soil health challenges, how can we manage the soils to be productive & healthy, and how we can improve underperforming soils?

10:45 am: Integrated Pest Management for Fly Control in Cattle -- Amy Barkley, SWNY Team
Low input IPM for cattle - ID'ing when it's appropriate to use, general procedures and application safety. Includes a hands-on case study practice activity.

11:15 am:  Integrated Weed & Insect Management in Pasture and Field Crops -- Katelyn Miller, SWNY Team
Pasture pest and weed ID, managing field fertility and reducing run off. Cultural approaches to reduce pest pressure, mechanical and chemical weed management tactics.

11:45 am: On-Farm Biosecurity -- Lynn Bliven, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany Co.
Practices to improve biosecurity at the farm level to prevent diseases coming onto the farm. Reminders for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and African Swine Fever.

12:00 pm: Introduction of informational and industry booths

12:05 pm: Lunch and visit booths. Pick up Session 1 DEC Credits. 





Event Details

Session 2: Produce, Berries, and Flowers
Event Offers DEC Credits

Date

January 18, 2023

Time

12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Centerville Town Meeting Space
8902 County Rd 3
Centerville, NY 14029

Host

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Genesee Valley Produce Auction

Elizabeth Buck
585-406-3419


Session 2: Produce, Berries, and Flowers



Session 2: Produce, Berries, and Flowers

DEC credits requested: 1.25 in 23 (veg), 1.5 in 1a (comm. ag) and 22 (fruit); 0.5 in CORE (can be used all license categories, incl. non-ag settings).

AGENDA:
12:45 pm: DEC Sign-in, survey completion, browse booths

1:00 pm: Welcome and announcements

1:05 pm: How to Kill a Blueberry Plant -- Anya Osatuke, Berry Specialist, CCE Harvest NY
Factors that cause decline in blueberry plantings: plant nutrition, insect pests, fungal pathogens, and weeds. Preventative, chemical and non-chemical means of control.

1:35 pm: Market Analysis Overview -- Elizabeth Buck, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program
Review highlights of the auction trends in 2022.

1:45 pm: Growing Vegetables for Schools -- Becky O'Connor, Farm to School Coordinator, CCE Harvest NY Schools can pay well for produce but they need to have a consistent, quality supply on a set schedule. Hear about the 2022 pilot program and learn what schools want to buy (and when!) for the 2023 field season.

2:00 pm: Encouraging Beneficial Insects -- Amara Dunn, NYS IPM Program
There are so many kinds of beneficial insects that can help keep your pests under control. This hands-on session will go over what types of beneficials eat our most annoying pests and which ones can be found in the local landscape. You'll learn how to attract these hard-working insects into your field and keep them safe.

2:30 pm: Herbicide Options for Vegetable Crops -- Elizabeth Buck, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program
An overview of common herbicides for vegetable farms. Will include information on species controlled, best use practices, and crop-herbicide-timing pairings.

2:45 pm: Controlling Botrytis Mold in Flowers -- Jonathan Agle, Henry W. Agle & Sons, Inc.
Jonathan Agle is a life-long grower and has worked in his family's greenhouse and 90-acre vegetable business for over 20 years. He has experience growing a wide array of standard and specialty bedding plants, baskets, geraniums, and mums. He will talk about the preventative (environmental) and chemical controls they use to manage botrytis.

3:00 pm: Sponsor highlights and break 

3:15 pm: Pesticide Safety for the Family & You -- Mary Centrella, CCE Pesticide Safety Education Program
This presentation will focus on understanding and mitigating the health risks associated with pesticide usage and emphasize safety solutions for resource-limited small farms.

3:45 pm: Keeping our Vine Crops Healthy -- Jonathan Agle, Henry W. Agle & Sons, Inc.
Jonathan will share his approaches for managing pests and diseases in zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumber. He will include examples of successful spray programs.

4:00 pm: Adjourn. Those meeting recertification credit requirements pick up their certificates. 

This session is FREE to attend. Pre-register to Ben Girod or Lynn Bliven at 716-244-0290 by 1/16/23 at 5:00 pm.



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JOB POSTING: Onion Crop Scout

Be a Vital Part of New York Onion Production!

We are looking for someone who appreciates agriculture to scout commercial onion fields in Oswego Co. and/or Wayne Co. for 13 weeks during the summer, maximum 19 hours/week, who would return to the seasonal position annually.

As an Onion Crop Scout for the Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP), you will independently scout 11 commercial onion fields collecting data on insect pests, diseases, weeds and crop stage/quality. Scouting data will be summarized into a preliminary report which is finalized by Cornell's Onion Specialist. Growers use the scouting reports to inform their spray decisions, which enables an integrated approach to pest management. Your hard work will ensure grower engagement, implementation of research-based recommendations, and early detection of emerging issues. It is the "beating heart" of CVP's onion program.

Pay: $18.50/hr. No benefits. Personal mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.

Key Qualifications & Skills:
  • High School diploma and 6 months experience in an agriculture setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
  • Visual concentration and attention to detail are required to detect pests and pest damage.
  • Able to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
  • Preferred: Experience working with plants, plant disease and other pest identification.
Training will include being accompanied by a veteran onion scout for the first season with the intention of scouting independently in the second year, and ideally for several more years after.

Flexible on start and end dates, day(s) of week you work, and whether Oswego or Wayne or both counties are scouted. Our priority is finding someone who will return to the position annually.

Read details about the Onion Crop Scout position.

To apply (resume and cover letter): http://tiny.cc/Onion_Scout_WDR_00043345