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January 2021

2021 Empire State Producers EXPO

January 12 - January 15, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom

2021 Empire State Producers EXPO

Following much consideration, the New York State Vegetable Growers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension announced the annual Becker Forum and Empire State Producers Expo will be a virtual conference scheduled for January 11-15, 2021.

Precision Agriculture Workshop VIRTUAL SERIES

January 21, 2021
February 4, 2021
February 18, 2021

1:00 - 2:30pm
Online via Zoom

Precision Agriculture Workshop VIRTUAL SERIES

Farmers and anyone interested in learning more about precision agriculture and how it can be implemented on the farm is invited to attend a 3-part virtual series. The series will feature Dr. Ali Nafchi, Precision Agriculture Specialist with CCE's NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and the Cornell Vegetable Program. Topics will begin with an introduction to precision agriculture and why any producer of an agricultural product should be interested in precision agriculture. 

Remote GAPs Training and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Session

January 27 - January 28, 2021
Online via Zoom

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension on January 27th for a remote GAPs training. Instructors will walk growers through how to conduct a risk assessment on their farm utilizing the seven areas of farm food safety. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a traceability system for their farm, as well as learn about packing house design with food safety principles guiding placement of equipment and suggested materials. Students will also learn about how to train their employees related to food safety and understand what they will need to implement on their farm in order to pass a third-party food safety audit, such as GAPs. 

On January 28th growers can join us for a day focused on writing their farm food safety plan. Trainers will be joined by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farm Products inspectors to give guidance and input for farms in creating their farm food safety plans to meet the needs for a potential audit. At the conclusion of day two growers will have all components of their farm food safety plans outlined with the most critical pieces.



February 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



March 2021

Managing Soil Nitrogen in Winter High Tunnels

March 5, 2021
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Online via Zoom

Managing Soil Nitrogen in Winter High Tunnels

To meet the year-round demand for locally produced food, vegetable farmers have embraced protected agriculture to extend their growing season, improve yields, and enhance crop quality. However, a statewide survey found that after several growing seasons, farmers struggle to maintain productivity due to challenges in long term soil health and fertility management. Cornell Cooperative Extension is exploring practices that high tunnel growers can adopt to better manage soil fertility and improve soil health.

Grab your lunch and join us for a virtual conversation on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm to hear our project updates and research results.

Assess and Prevent Food Safety Risks in Leafy Greens Production

March 18, 2021
6:30 - 9:00pm
Online via Zoom

Assess and Prevent Food Safety Risks in Leafy Greens Production

This training will provide an overview of possible sources of contamination related to soil amendments, wildlife, water, post-harvest handling, transportation and more. This training will emphasize specific risks that leafy greens growers may experience, identify tangible corrective actions that can be taken, and provide participants the opportunity to work through example scenarios as a group.

2021 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 19, 2021
9:00am - 12:30pm
Online via Zoom

2021 NYS Dry Bean Meeting

Join the us for the annual Dry Bean Meeting! There will be presentations covering the latest research in NY dry beans. Topic areas include market updates, white mold management, Western bean cutworm and soybean cyst nematode management, herbicide resistance management, dry bean variety testing, and incorporating NY dry beans into schools. This meeting is sponsored by Genesee Valley Bean Company, and Bayer CropScience.

Wash/Pack Hygiene and Sanitation Training

March 31, 2021
8:30am - 12:00 noon
Online via Zoom

Wash/Pack Hygiene and Sanitation Training

This program will be focusing on putting farm food safety into daily production practices. Besides some classroom presentations, there will be demos and hands-on activities with produce wash equipment. Participants will learn the why and how behind designing, cleaning, sanitizing, and drying produce handling equipment and buildings. And much more! 



April 2021

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May 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



June 2021

Weed Control Field Day - Panama, NY

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 8, 2021
Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Melvin Hostetler's
Panama, NY

Weed Control Field Day - Panama, NY

Weed control across the farm relevant for vegetables, fruit, and pasture/forage. Topics include weed ID of common and new species, why nightshades are so problematic, assessing impact of & control weeds in pasture, herbicide resistance, cultivator demo, and mid-season weed control options.  

DEC credits requested (approval pending): 2.5 credits in categories 1a (commercial plant ag), 1.25 credit in category 21 (field crops), 1.5 credit in category 22 (fruit) and 2.0 credits in category 23 (vegetable).

Weed Management Field Day - Fillmore, NY

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 9, 2021
Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Windy Valley Farm
Fillmore, NY

Weed Management Field Day - Fillmore, NY

Integrated weed management field day covering weed control in vegetables, small grains, and fruit. Topics include weed ID, new tool designs, getting better cultivation results, recognizing and managing herbicide resistance, group discussion on weed control strategies, and demonstrations. 

DEC credits requested (approval pending): 2.5 credits in categories 1a (commercial plant ag) and 10 (research/demo),1.25 credit in category 21 (field crops), 2.0 credits in categories 22 (fruit) and 23 (vegetable).

2021 Oswego County Onion Growers Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 24, 2021
4:00pm - 7:00pm; dinner at 7:15pm
Sorbello muck
Hannibal, NY

2021 Oswego County Onion Growers Twilight Meeting

It's going to be a Weed Control Extravaganza at this year's Oswego County Onion Growers Twilight Meeting! Bring weed samples for identification. 2.25 DEC recertification credits will be available (categories 1A, 10 and 23). CCA credits will also be available. This meeting is being organized by Oswego County Vegetable Growers and Improvement Association and CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.



July 2021

Potato Production Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 1, 2021
4:00pm - 6:00pm; optional dinner following the event
Mike Chiavetta's field
Brant (Irving), NY

This potato production meeting will cover organic and integrated management strategies. Topics include fertility, insect management, soil health, late blight prevention, and hand-on scouting skills practice. 1.0 DEC credit in 1a and 23.

Fresh Market Vegetable Production Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 1, 2021
7:00pm - 8:45pm; optional dinner prior to the event
Bowman Farms
Brant (North Collins), NY

Organic and integrated pest management strategies will be covered related to fresh market vegetable crop production. Topics include sweet corn scouting and laser scarecrow update, alternatives to Lorsban for cabbage maggot control, foliar sampling for improved fertility management, best practices for biopesticide use, and gauging soil biological activity. 1.25 DEC credit in 1a and 23.

Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting for Auction Growers (Yates)

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 16, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dale Martin farm
Penn Yan, NY

1.75 recertification credits approved in categories 23 (veg) and 24 (greenhouse). This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables, primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program along with CCE staff will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm. 

Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting for Auction Growers (Seneca)

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
David Swarey farm
Ovid, NY

1.75 recertification credits approved in categories 23 (veg) and 24 (greenhouse). This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables, primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program along with CCE staff will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm. 

Orleans Regional Vegetable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 28, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Gregg Rush Farms
Albion, NY

2 DEC credits available in 1a, 10, and 23. Field-walk style meeting with planned topics on soil health, pest control, and disease management.



August 2021

Niagara Region Summer Vegetable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 3, 2021
6:00pm - 8:15pm
Begins at the corner of Hess Rd and Drake Settlement
Appleton, NY

1.5 DEC credits requested. Field meeting featuring weed and disease control. Chris Smart, Cornell's Plant Pathologist, will be discussing control of bacterial diseases in tomato, Alternaria in brassicas, and other current/hot topics in disease. Weed Scientist Lynn Sosnoskie will introduce new pigweed species that are appearing in our region and give updates on herbicide resistance and new mechanical weed control techniques. Smaller topics include soil health. 

Chipping Potato Growers Twilight Meeting

August 5, 2021
5:00pm
Mahany Farms
Dansville, NY

Join us for a fun, potato-centered twilight meeting at Mahany Farms! Come hear about updates from this year's chipping potato variety trial, and learn more about disease forecasting and management. Network with fellow growers, event speakers, and Cornell Cooperative Extension staff following the talks.



September 2021

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 1, 2021 : Bin Blitz
6:00 - 8:30pm
Online

Experienced growers and UVM's Ag Engineering present new strategies and cleaning tools to increase the efficiency and efficacy of bin cleaning, sanitation and management practices. Lead growers show and tell their bin systems, with lessons learned. Participants leave with a plan to improve/implement new practices.

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 8, 2021 : Low Cost and High Value
6:00 - 8:30pm
Online

Evaluate low-cost (either money or time) improvements that make a big difference. Experience growers show and tell the thrifty improvements they made and summarize lessons learned, including trade-offs of spending money (or not) to lower risks and increase efficiency. 

Dry Bean Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

September 8, 2021
4:30pm - 6:00pm; dinner follows
Duyssen Farms Shop
LeRoy, NY

Dry Bean Twilight Meeting

CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, NYS IPM, and Cornell Faculty will be attending this twilight meeting to share updates on Western bean cutworm trapping, white mold management, soybean cyst nematodes and field mapping, and pigweed identification and resistance screening. After the meeting, stick around to enjoy dinner and network with other dry bean growers and industry members.

1.5 DEC recertification credits (categories 10, 1a, 21, and 23) and CCA credits will be available.

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 15, 2021 : Wash/Pack Floors
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Online

Learn to improve or repair a concrete floor so that it is smooth and easy to clean. This workshop highlights concrete repair, cleaning and sanitation techniques, water management, products and resources, as well as show and tell from experienced growers, and Chris Callahan from UVM's Extension Ag Engineering.

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 22, 2021 : Wash Water Management
6:00 - 8:30pm
Online

Experienced growers and facilitators dig into the fundamentals of managing produce wash water, including show and tell with lessons learned about wash water management, use and monitoring of sanitizers. All participants leave with a plan to improve/implement new practices.

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 29, 2021 : Tools for Employee Management and Empowerment
6:00 - 8:30pm
Online

Develop management strategies/systems to retain and empower high-value workers, while improving crew morale and culture. Learn from experienced managers of loyal and reliable crews, the pros and cons of their current management systems, and how they came to be. Participants leave with resources and a plan to improve/implement one or more new practices or strategies.



October 2021

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

October 6, 2021 : Bubblers/Aerators for Greens Washing
6:00 - 8:30pm
Online

For growers wanting to install or improve a greens bubbler/aerator. Get feedback from growers who built/improved their own systems. Examine designs and DYI resources, as well as perceived quality and efficiency gains from bubblers as compared to other washing methods. This workshop features a panel of New York growers!



November 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



December 2021

No Events Scheduled at this Time



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Upcoming Events

SCRUB Twilight Workshop Series

September 1, 2021 : Bin Blitz

Experienced growers and UVM's Ag Engineering present new strategies and cleaning tools to increase the efficiency and efficacy of bin cleaning, sanitation and management practices. Lead growers show and tell their bin systems, with lessons learned. Participants leave with a plan to improve/implement new practices.

September 8, 2021 : Low Cost and High Value

Evaluate low-cost (either money or time) improvements that make a big difference. Experience growers show and tell the thrifty improvements they made and summarize lessons learned, including trade-offs of spending money (or not) to lower risks and increase efficiency. 

September 15, 2021 : Wash/Pack Floors

Learn to improve or repair a concrete floor so that it is smooth and easy to clean. This workshop highlights concrete repair, cleaning and sanitation techniques, water management, products and resources, as well as show and tell from experienced growers, and Chris Callahan from UVM's Extension Ag Engineering.

September 22, 2021 : Wash Water Management

Experienced growers and facilitators dig into the fundamentals of managing produce wash water, including show and tell with lessons learned about wash water management, use and monitoring of sanitizers. All participants leave with a plan to improve/implement new practices.

September 29, 2021 : Tools for Employee Management and Empowerment

Develop management strategies/systems to retain and empower high-value workers, while improving crew morale and culture. Learn from experienced managers of loyal and reliable crews, the pros and cons of their current management systems, and how they came to be. Participants leave with resources and a plan to improve/implement one or more new practices or strategies.

October 6, 2021 : Bubblers/Aerators for Greens Washing

For growers wanting to install or improve a greens bubbler/aerator. Get feedback from growers who built/improved their own systems. Examine designs and DYI resources, as well as perceived quality and efficiency gains from bubblers as compared to other washing methods. This workshop features a panel of New York growers!

Announcements

Fungicides for ALS in Broccoli

The Cornell Fungicide "Cheat Sheet" for ALS and Head Rot in Broccoli and Other Cole Crops has been updated for 2021. It includes some additional products including generic options for Inspire Super and Switch, which may offer some cost savings.