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November 2022

Sanitation Open House for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

November 29, 2022
Open 9 am - noon; Stop by anytime!
Cornell AgriTech, Food Research Lab
Geneva, NY

Sanitation Open House for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Come experience several hands-on stations to help jump start and enhance your sanitation program. Try out new cleaning tools, learn how to select the right sanitizer, and assess the cleanability of different equipment.  

Champlain Valley Tree Fruit Grower Input Meeting

November 30, 2022
1pm - 3pm
CCE Clinton County
Plattsburgh, NY

We need your input!  Mike will be holding a Champlain Valley tree fruit grower input session on November 30 in Plattsburgh at the Clinton County CCE office. Mike will review his 2022 research and extension activities. We would then like to hear from you to set priorities for future tree fruit research and education needs, and to get your input for speakers for our 2023 winter meetings. 

December 2022

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CCE Wayne County
Newark, NY

Farm Food Safety Meeting

This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 5, 2022 : Looking at the Big Financial Picture for Your Farm
12:30-1:30
Zoom (Online Webinar)

Your farm's big-3 financial records (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flow) and how to use them to assess your overall financial situation. This information will help you assess what types of investments are likely to be viable for your farm business and whether or not you are likely to be able to use credit to finance that investment.  We will specifically cover Farm Profitability, Cash Flow, and Key Financial Ratios.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 6, 2022 : Business Strategy and the Farm Value Chain
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

How do you create value?  How do you differentiate yourself from your competitors?  In other words - what is your farm's business strategy?  Your investments should be in line with your strategy.  Different business strategies will result in investments in different parts of the Farm Business Value Chain.  Farm Business Value Chain - full range of activities needed to create a product or service.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 7, 2022 : Using Your Farm's Financial Data to Make Management Decisions
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Identifying the Enterprises in Your Value Chain.  Your Profit Centers and Cost Centers.  We will cover: Direct vs Indirect Costs and Cost Allocation and Variable vs Fixed Costs and Relevant Range (when does a fixed cost become a variable cost?)

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 8, 2022 : Operating Budgets and Strategic Planning
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Operating budgets are the overall financial plan for the business.  You can use a budget based on your current situation as the base to model new scenarios.

GAPs Training -- Understanding Food Safety on the Farm

December 9, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CCE Yates County, Yates County Office Building
Penn Yan, NY

Join the Cornell Vegetable Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a workshop that will provide you with the why's behind food safety recommendations along with practical, farm-based ideas to improve food safety on your farm.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 12, 2022 : Enterprise Budgets
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

It is more time-consuming to develop detailed budgets for your enterprises, but it is worthwhile to do this for area where you are considering making major investments.  We will demonstrate how to move from an operating budget to an enterprise budget to model specific scenarios within that enterprise. 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 13, 2022 : 5 Step Decision-making Process for Capital Projects and Long-term Investments
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Introduces a structured process for a manager to go through to decide among options for long-term investments, projects or changes to the farm business.

SAVE THE DATES

December 13 - December 15, 2022February 2 - February 8, 2023February 21 - February 23, 2023

Save the Dates for the following Winter Meetings:

  • The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference, DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Manchester, New Hampshire, December 13-15  https://newenglandvfc.org/registration/
  • NOFA NY Virtual Winter Conference, February 2-5, 2023 https://nofany.org/2023conference/
  • Empire State Expo, Oncenter Syracuse, February 6-7 2023 https://nysvga.org/expo/information/
  • Becker Forum, Oncenter Syracuse, February 8, 2023  https://nysvga.org/expo/information/
  • Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Regional Winter Meeting, The Desmond Hotel, Albany, February 21-23, 2023  

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 14, 2022 : Cost Volume Profit Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

As you change your prices, volume of sales or costs of production how does your profit change?  What is your break-even point and what output level do you need to achieve a target income? We will also cover sensitivity analysis that will help you see how your results will vary over a range of likely scenarios from best case to worst case.  This will help you assess the riskiness of your plan.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 15, 2022 : Capital Budgeting Tools - Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, and Payback Period
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Capital budgeting is defined as the process used to determine whether capital assets are worth investing in. it's the process of asking: is an asset worth the resources it requires?  Capital assets are usually long-term investments like new equipment, facilities, and other infrastructure upgrades. By incorporating strategically planned capital budgeting into their financial processes, companies can more effectively determine and prioritize which projects, programs and other investment assets could be most financially beneficial in the long-term.

Grower Advisory Meetings

December 20 - December 21, 2022
10am - 1pm

We need your input! Help us set the priorities for your research and education needs for the future.  We are holding grower input sessions on December 20 in Columbia County and December 21 in Saratoga County.


January 2023

Farm Business Management Fridays - Zoom Series

January 6, 2023 : TBD
12:00-1:00
Zoom (Online Webinar)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and Cornell Faculty from across NYS for a weekly, winter lunchtime webinar series on farm business management topics.  One registration fee gets you access to all of the webinars and videos of the webinars in the series.  

High Tunnel Winter Greens Workshop

January 9, 2023
9am - 12pm
Zoom Webinar

Winter greens production has greatly expanded in the Northeast with increased construction of high tunnels on farms and demand for year-round local food from consumers. In this workshop, we will address common pest and disease problems that arise with winter growing, how to reduce food safety risk in your leafy greens, and tips for marketing and packaging greens to increase sales in the winter months.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class in Western NY

January 11, 2023
9:00-4:30
Western NY (TBD)

Save the Date!  The Lake Ontario Fruit Team and Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other tools to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from apple farms in NYS.  You will work with others to solve problems and leave with a better sense of how you can organize and interpret your own financial information to make better long-term investment decisions about your farm business.  It will be fun.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class in Western NY

January 12, 2023
9:00-4:30
Western NY (TBD)

Save the Date!  The Lake Ontario Fruit Team and Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other tools to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from apple farms in NYS.  You will work with others to solve problems and leave with a better sense of how you can organize and interpret your own financial information to make better long-term investment decisions about your farm business.  It will be fun.

Farm Business Management Fridays - Zoom Series

January 13, 2023 : TBD
12:00-1:00
Zoom (online class)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and Cornell Faculty from across NYS for a weekly, winter lunchtime webinar series on farm business management topics.  One registration fee gets you access to all of the webinars and videos of the webinars in the series.  

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class in the Capital District, NY

January 17, 2023
9:00-4:30
Capitol District TBD

Save the Date!  The Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team and the Lake Ontario Fruit Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other tools to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from apple farms in NYS.  You will work with others to solve problems and leave with a better sense of how you can organize and interpret your own financial information to make better long-term investment decisions about your farm business.  It will be fun.

Farm Business Management Fridays - Zoom Series

January 20, 2023 : TBD

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and Cornell Faculty from across NYS for a weekly, winter lunchtime webinar series on farm business management topics.  One registration fee gets you access to all of the webinars and videos of the webinars in the series.  

Farm Business Management Fridays - Zoom Series

January 27, 2023 : TBD
12:00-1:00
Zoom (online class)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and Cornell Faculty from across NYS for a weekly, winter lunchtime webinar series on farm business management topics.  One registration fee gets you access to all of the webinars and videos of the webinars in the series.  

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Upcoming Events

Sanitation Open House for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

November 29, 2022
Geneva, NY

Come experience several hands-on stations to help jump start and enhance your sanitation program. Try out new cleaning tools, learn how to select the right sanitizer, and assess the cleanability of different equipment.  

Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
Newark, NY

This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

GAPs Training -- Understanding Food Safety on the Farm

December 9, 2022
Penn Yan, NY

Join the Cornell Vegetable Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a workshop that will provide you with the why's behind food safety recommendations along with practical, farm-based ideas to improve food safety on your farm.

Announcements

Farm Survey on Urban IPM Needs

Please help us assess pest management needs of the greater NYS urban agriculture community through this brief survey. This survey is anonymous, and it will take around 20 minutes to complete.

This survey is part of a research project with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York exploring non-spray pest management options that are economically and environmentally sustainable for urban farmers.

Take the survey!