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					JANUARY 2011 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
CONTENTS
Announcements
    Small Farms Program Request for Proposals
    Two Beginning Farmer Online Courses Offered in March
    Visit Us at the New York Organic Farming Conference in Saratoga Springs!

Upcoming Events
    Small Farms Program Sponsored Events
    Beginning Farmer Training Calendar
    Grazing Events
    Cornell Sheep Program Calendar
    Other Featured Events

Career etc. Opportunities
     Director of Farming, Hudson Valley, NY
     Farm Manager, Iroquois Farm, Ogdensburg, NY
     LEAD New York Program Accepting Applications for Class 14 – Due 3/1/11

Funding Opportunities
    Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative – Due 2/10/11
    Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Carbon Sequestration Projects – Due 2/11/11
    Technical Assistance for Rural Biomass Energy Entrepreneurs – 3/1/2011
    Pest Management Alternatives Program – Due 3/3/11
    Conservation Funds Available for Organic Growers – Due 3/4/11

Resources
      NOFA-NY Introduces New Farm Technical Assistance Help Line
      Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center Women in Agribusiness
       Network
      Hay Production Resources for New York and Similar Climates
      New ‘Gas Drilling and NY Foodsheds’ List-serve




Cornell Small Farms Program                                                 January 2011
  Program Highlight
      Small Farms Program Request for Project Proposals – Due 2/15/11


Small Farms Update is intended as a resource for farmers and agricultural service providers in New York, and
is provided to you by Cornell’s Small Farms Program. Our mission is to foster the sustainability of diverse,
thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment. Our work
is made possible by a network of close partnerships among Cornell faculty and staff, Cornell Cooperative
Extension educators and staff, NYS agriculture support agencies, non profit agriculture organizations and
farmers.

*Please note: No endorsement is implied for products, businesses, jobs or resources listed in the Small Farms
Update. Such resources are listed for informational purposes only.




  Cornell Small Farms Program                                                        January 2011
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Small Farms Program Request for Proposals
The Cornell Small Farms Program is awarding grants of $5000 for projects that address
specific priorities for small farms in New York as identified at the 2010 statewide Small
Farms Summit. The 2010 Small Farms Summit was a statewide gathering of 120 farmers,
educators and farmer advocates invested in the continued growth and success of small
farms in NY.

Farmers, agriculture educators and service providers, community development groups,
agricultural non-profit organizations, and community members in New York State are all
eligible to apply. For more information, see the program highlight.

Two Beginning Farmer Online Courses Offered in March
The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is offering more of its popular online courses,
including one that will help you take your marketing to the next level. Register now for:

What Do I Need to Do to Start a Farm Business? (BF 103) - a 6-week course for new and
aspiring farmers addressing the legal, regulatory, and tax implications of farming. If you've
ever wondered "at what point will I be recognized as a farm?" this course is for you.

Intermediate Marketing for Farmers: Developing a Marketing Plan (BF 201) - is our first
course that will take you beyond the basics of exploring marketing ideas to actually
developing a formal marketing plan. Designed for people actively researching and planning
farm start-up, or those who have a couple of years of farming already under their belts.

Online courses require a basic comfort level with a computer and access to a DSL, cable
modem, or satellite internet connection. All courses include real-time webinars as well as
readings, discussion forums, and homework assignments on your own time.

Courses cost $150. Learn more at
www.nybeginningfarmers.org/courses/index.php?page=allcourses


Visit Us at the New York Organic Farming Conference in Saratoga Springs!
Attending the 2011 New York Organic Farming Conference this January 20th – 23rd? Be sure
to stop by the Cornell Small Farms Program booth in the trade show to say hello. We’ll also
be at the New Farmer Mixer Thursday January 20th giving away 2 free registrations to our
upcoming beginning farmer online courses. Or, come visit our conference workshops.
Violet Stone will be presenting on Sustainable Ag Grant Opportunities during the ‘How to do
research on your farm' intensive on Friday morning, and Erica Frenay will be presenting at




Cornell Small Farms Program                                                 January 2011
the 'Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started in Farming' all day intensive on Friday. Hope to see
you there!



UPCOMING EVENTS
Small Farms Program Sponsored Events - www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/pages/events/

January 21st to 23rd, 2011. NOFA-NY Winter Conference: Diggin’ Diversity! Saratoga Hilton
& City Center, Saratoga Springs. Join us this January for our 29th annual Organic Farming
and Gardening Conference! We’ve got a fantastic lineup of educational workshops this
year, covering everything from Soil Health to Community Food Security. Whether you’re an
organic farmer, gardener, activist, homesteader, business owner, processor, or enthusiast,
you’ll find plenty of workshops of interest. For a full schedule of events, registration, and
further information, please visit www.nofanyconference.org or contact Lynn Barnett at 585-
271-19979, ext. 509.

Beginning Farmer Events
www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/pages/events/

Grazing Events

January 28th and 29th, 2011. The Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Beef Conference. The
Century House, Route 9 (exit 7 off Northway), Latham (Albany County Featuring farmer and
author Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, Swoope, VA, who has written numerous articles and
books on raising grass-fed beef, pork, and poultry, as well as direct marketing. Sessions on
improving soil health with Ray Archuletta of USDA-NRCS, winter feeding research trials with
grass-fed beef with Mike Baker of Cornell, will also be offered. For more information
contact Lisa Cox at 518-765-3512, lkc29@cornell.edu or visit www.ccealbany.com

Cornell Sheep Program Calender --www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/calendar/index.html

Other Featured Events

January 19th, 2011. Greater Capital Region Farmers’ Direct Marketing Conference. 8:30 am -
4:00 pm . Hudson Valley Community College, Bulmer Telecommunications Center, 80
Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. Farmers and marketing professionals convene to focus on
increasing farm profits by connecting farmers directly with consumers. Meet farmers
coming in from the fields to share stories about how they built their direct marketing
business from the ground up. Receive expert guidance on the art of personal salesmanship,
the craft of building agricultural displays and the science of advertising and media
outreach. Network with buyers of local farm products ranging from chefs to produce


Cornell Small Farms Program                                                January 2011
managers. For more information call Sharon LaPier at CCE of Saratoga County at 518-885-
8995 or visit www.cceaed.org to view a conference brochure.

January 16 - September 18, 2011. Nutrient Dense Farming Workshops with farmer Dan
Kittredge of The Real Food Campaign. 5 Sunday all-day workshops - Jan 16, Mar 20, May 22,
July 17, Sept 18. Hawthorne Valley Farm, The Learning Center, 327 Cty Rte 21C, Ghent, NY
12075. Learn about systemic solutions toward building vitality in our soils, crops, bodies.
Solutions as using minerals, biological inoculants, foliar sprays and nutrient drenches.
As well as soil conductivity, brix, cover cropping, and adding composts and manure.
Get comprehensive soil test analysis and consultations. And twice monthly newsletters.
COST: $300. for the series. Missed workshops can be made up at other workshop sites.
For more info, contact Louise Johnson, 518 234-1942 or maherjohnson@gmail.com or visit
http://realfoodcampaign.org for testimonials & registration.

January 26, 2011. Business Planning for Farms that Don’t Have Time for Business Planning.
6:30-9:00pm. Even though many farm owners see their farm as a personal project, it is
often more than just a hobby. You can demonstrate your intent to make money from your
farm by having a business plan. The business plan documents your strategy for the success
of the farm venture. If you are operating a farm without a business plan, you are lacking
your primary guide to make good financial or long-term production decisions. CCE-Ontario
County is hosting a new short course about business planning for farms. In just a couple
hours at this workshop, participants will get some of the hardest parts of business planning
accomplished: setting goals, identifying the farm team, and making basic financial
projections. This class is directed mainly to small farm owners - local farms with only one or
two owner-operators, part-time or full-time, growing all kinds of farm products. Seminar
fee: $15.00 per farm. To register contact Nancy Anderson at 585-394-3977 x427 or e-mail
nea8@cornell.edu

February 2nd, 2011. Farms, Folks, and Funding: Cultivating Leadership Through Research
and Practice. Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua – This one-day conference focused on
agricultural Best Management Practices and water quality will take a comprehensive look at
energy, food systems, planning, funding access, TMDLs, and research through workshops
and research sessions on how technology and changing behavior aids local agricultural
processes. For more information contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org
Sponsored by the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, Finger Lakes – Lake
Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA) and NY Farm Viability Institute.

February 8 & 9. Farm Food Safety Training with GAPS. –The Cornell Vegetable Team, the
National GAPs Program at Cornell, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the New York State
Department of Agriculture and Markets will be presenting workshops on farm food safety
training for Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification. The workshops are for farmers
who are being required by buyers to provide third party verification of their food safety
practices and for farmers thinking about moving in this direction, with Federal Food Safety
Legislation a reality in the very near future. This is a 3-day training - the first 2 days at CCE-


Cornell Small Farms Program                                                     January 2011
Ontario County office in Canandaigua, NY. The third in late winter/early spring on a
participant’s farm (mock audit). Pre-registration is required. Program starts at 9am and ends
at 3:30pm, lunch & refreshments served. For Registration and more information, go to
www.gaps.cornell.edu, and click on Events Calendar & Future GAPs Trainings link.

February 24th, 2011. Fruit and Vegetable Market News Portal Training: How to Get the Most
out of USDA’s Market News Reports and Information. 2pm Eastern Time. Free Webinar.
Every business day, AMS Market News collects and reports detailed information about
marketing conditions for hundreds of fruits, vegetables, ornamental crops and nut products
at major domestic and international wholesale markets, production areas, and ports of
entry. The Market News portal offers customized views and downloads of data from as far
back as 1998 for wholesale or terminal markets, retail, shipping point prices, imports and
domestic movements, and specialty crops. All of the reports and information are available
at no cost to the industry and public. Learn how to get the most out of the available
information and reports. FREE. Registration is required. For info., contact Christopher
Purdy, business development specialist, USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programs, at tel.
(202) 720-3209 or christopher.purdy@ams.usda.gov.

March 3-5, 2011. Professional Farmers Market Manager Training Program“Cutting through
the Red Tape” Holiday Inn, Kingston NY. Our featured guest speakers will be Joe Fitzgerald,
Kingston Farmers Market Manager, and James M. Sottile, Mayor of Kingston, our
accommodating hosts of this year’s conference. Together they will discuss the
interdependent and mutually beneficial relationship between a city and its farmers market.
Their presentation will illustrate how the market fits into the personality of its community
and the importance of working together for the mutual benefit all. Their discussion will
include significant operational components of a successful market, such as: security, traffic
control, municipal assistance, and cleanup. For more info, visit www.nyfarmersmarket.com/
or call the Farmers Market Federation of NY at 315-637-4690.




CAREER, ETC. OPPORTUNITIES
Director of Farming, Hudson Valley, NY
Vision Legacy family farm property in mid‐Hudson Valley NY has been dormant but is in the
planning stage to restart as a modern operational farm. Our vision is to build a sustainable
farm and business that provides higher margin products to local metropolitan markets. We
are seeking a Director of Farming who can consult with executive management on all
aspects from “best use”, to product marketing, to day‐to‐day operation, then take the lead
in implementing the plan. The ideal candidate will have a state‐of‐the‐art understanding of
modern agricultural practices, but also some practical experience in implementing them. A
practical understanding of farm economics will also be required. Finally, but perhaps most



Cornell Small Farms Program                                                January 2011
important, the candidate should have a passion for leading through action, and should be
dedicated to building a successful enterprise that can endure for generations and make a
positive impact on the community. Compensation will vary with experience. Components
can include housing, salary, profit sharing, and eventually an equity stake. If interested,
please send a CV and cover letter to tjlicata@gmail.com. Position starts Spring 2011.

Farm Manager, Iroquois Farm, Ogdensburg, NY
 Iroquois Farm seeks a farm manager committed to sustainable and organic farming
practices. Previous experience in vegetable and crop farms is required. MS Degree would
be helpful. Some animal experience is preferred. Iroquois Farm has a garden area of 12
acres, and about 180 acres for pasture or cash crops. In addition to Vegetable and crop
production, the Manager will also be involved in planning for the farm, and for organic
sustainable educational programs, for interns on the farm, students at the local colleges,
and regular field days. Farm features restaurant and Bed and Breakfast operation. Send
resume and qualifications to Mahlon Clements, Pres. of CARI at Fax 315-375-6662 or
mahlonclements@aol.com. or call 315-323-1905.

LEAD New York Program Accepting Applications for Class 14 – Due 3/1/11
 The Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, also known as “LEAD New
York”, is accepting applications for its newest cohort, class 14. Invitations have been sent
out to an extensive prospect list, and LEAD is inviting anyone interested in the program to
apply. LEAD New York is a two-year leadership development program for adult
professionals in the food and agriculture industry, consisting of approximately 50 days of
seminars, workshops, and field travel experiences in and out of New York State, including an
out-of-country study trip. For more information please contact Larry Van De Valk, Director,
LEAD NY Program, 12 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255 – 7907,
ljv4@cornell.edu. Applications are currently available at www.leadny.org.



FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative – Due 2/10/11
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Organic
Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to solve critical
organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and
extension activities. OREI funds research and extension programs that enhance the ability of
producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market
high-quality organic agricultural products. The amount available for support of this program
in FY 2011 is anticipated to be approximately $19 million. Eligible applicants include colleges
and universities, federal agencies, private organizations and individuals. Matching funds are
required. For more information, visit
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/organicagricultureresearchandextensioninitiative.cfm


Cornell Small Farms Program                                                  January 2011
Innovative Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Carbon Sequestration Projects – Due 2/11/11
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is making $5 million available through the
Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, and requesting proposals that meet the
following requirements: Promote the adoption of conservation systems and practices for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon; Quantify the impacts of
applied conservation practices on GHG emissions and carbon sequestration; Demonstrate
and further develop opportunities for marketing environmental credits associated with
reducing GHG emissions and/or increasing carbon sequestration; Quantify the
environmental benefits of these practices and work with GHG trading organizations to assist
eligible producers interested in selling their GHG emission-reduction credits; and Assess the
market response to the availability of agricultural GHG credits. For more info, visit
www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/cig/index.html . To apply electronically visit:
www.grants.gov/ For more information about NRCS conservation programs online, visit:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov, or visit your local USDA Service Center.

Technical Assistance for Rural Biomass Energy Entrepreneurs – 3/1/2011
The Technical Assistance for Customer-Sited Rural Biomass Energy Projects in New York
State program provides technical assistance to rural entrepreneurs who have developed
biomass energy projects past the concept phase, but in order to further develop the
projects and secure additional financing require economic and engineering feasibility
analyses. The program is being jointly administered by SUNY Cobleskill, the NY Farm
Viability Institute and the NY Biomass Energy Alliance. Applications for the second round of
technical assistance will be accepted beginning January 10, 2011 and ending March 1, 2011.
The RFP and application can be found at http://www.nyfvi.org/default.aspx?PageID=2363
For more information contact Alice Brumbach at 607-316-3437 or
abrumbach@newyorkbiomass.org

Pest Management Alternatives Program – Due 3/3/11
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the FY 2011 Request for
Applications (RFA) for the Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP). The purpose of
the PMAP program is to provide support for the development and implementation of
integrated pest management practices, tactics, and systems for specific pest problems while
reducing human and environmental risks. Approximately $1.4 million will be available.
Applications must be received through Grants.gov. Link to full information and the RFA
at http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/pestmanagementalternatives.cfm?pg=4

Conservation Funds Available for Organic Growers – Due 3/4/11
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is once again offering the EQIP Organic
Initiative. The EQIP Organic Initiative is intended for producers with certified organic
operations or operations in the process of transitioning to certified organic production. The
Initiative provides financial assistance for the installation of conservation practices; also
known as the BMPs or Best Management Practices. Some eligible practices include
conservation crop rotation, cover crop, prescribed grazing, nutrient and pest management,


Cornell Small Farms Program                                                January 2011
conservation cover, field border, riparian herbaceous cover, riparian forested buffer, and
windbreaks. Funding is also available to help farmers implement parts of a Prescribed
Grazing system such as watering facilities, cross fencing, stream crossings, and other
supporting practices. For more information about EQIP or to apply visit
http://www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/Organic/index.html or contact your local
USDA Service Center.




RESOURCES
NOFA-NY Introduces New Farm Technical Assistance Help Line
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY) has launched its new Help Line for
technical assistance questions relating to organic farming. Have a nagging issue or question
about who, what, when, or how regarding organic? Try the NOFA-NY Help Line to help
reduce risks associated with organic agriculture in your future. This free call is available
now. Call toll free, 1-855-2NOFANY, or 1-855-266-3269. You may also ask questions via
email by contacting Robert Perry at robert@nofany.org

Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
This site is the home to on-line pesticide applicator courses produced by Cornell
Cooperative Extension. Each one qualifies for New York DEC recertification credits.
http://pmepcourses.cce.cornell.edu/

Women in Agribusiness Network
A new Women in Agribusiness Network is starting up based in Greene County, NY. The new
network is for farmers, gardeners, agricultural service providers, entrepreneurs and friends
and will meet monthly. For more information please contact Barbara Phillips at
barbaraofallied@juno.com or 718-622-4708.

Hay Production Resources for New York and Similar Climates
This comprehensive website was developed a couple years ago and covers almost every
aspect of hay production. The site features 13 chapters and 75 articles. Visit the site at:
http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/washington/Ag/Haymanual/index.html

New ‘Gas Drilling and NY Foodsheds’ List-serve
Conversations are underway about impacts of Hydrofracking on New York's foodshed in the
way of a listserve hosted at the Northeast Sustainable Working Group website. To join the
discussion, visit http://www.nefood.org/group/fracking




Cornell Small Farms Program                                                 January 2011
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT
Small Farms Program Request for Project Proposals – Due 2/15/11
The Cornell Small Farms Program is requesting proposals for projects that address specific priorities
for small farms in New York as identified at the 2010 statewide Small Farms Summit. The 2010
Small Farms Summit was a statewide gathering of 120 farmers, educators and farmer advocates
invested in the continued growth and success of small farms in NY. During the daylong meeting,
participants prioritized specific and pressing new projects that within two years, could provide
useful outcomes to NY’s small farms.

The projects identified originate from three main focus areas: Livestock Processing Issues, Local
Market Access and Growth, and Grasslands Use/Grazing. These broad areas were previously
recognized as critical to the growth of small farms by participants at Small Farm Summits in 2006
and 2007.

For a list of eligible projects download the full RFP at www.smallfarms.cornell.edu

Farmers, agriculture educators and service providers, community development groups, agricultural
non-profit organizations, and community members in New York State are all eligible to apply.
Project teams of 4 or more collaborators are required and participation from a cross section of the
farm sector is encouraged.

Each proposal must have an individual project leader who is able to accept responsibility for the
grant on behalf of the project team and be in a position to manage the grant, submit interim and
final reports, and respond to any inquiries. For accounting purposes, each project team must
include at least one Cornell Cooperative Extension Agent or Cornell Faculty/staff as a co-leader to
manage the allocation of the funding for the project expenses.

Each project selected will receive a “Small Farms Grant” of $5,000 in federal Smith Lever funds.
Project duration is February 30th, 2011 – September 30th, 2011. Projects with a two year work plan
will be required to submit a second application for 2012.

The ful l RFP is available at www.smallfarms.cornell.edu




Cornell Small Farms Program                                                       January 2011
Small Farms Program Staff
Anu Rangarajan, Director, ar47@cornell.edu, 607-255-1780
Violet Stone, Program Coordinator, vws7@cornell.edu, 607-255-9227
Erica Frenay, Beginning Farmer Coordinator, ejf5@cornell.edu, 607-255-9911
Michelle Striney, Beginning Farmer Coordinator, mls266@cornell.edu, 607-255-9911
Matthew Goldfarb, Extension Associate, mg682@cornell.edu, 607-753-9911
Fay Benson, Small & Organic Dairy Coordinator, afb3@cornell.edu, 607-753-5077

Working Together to Promote Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems for Healthy
Communities

The following programs are actively working together to help develop new agriculture and food
system opportunities for NY. Small Farms Program enhances research and extension support
for New York’s smaller farms. Community and Rural Development Institute Program conducts
research, education and training for local government leaders, community organizations, policy
makers, and ag-based community economic development. Cornell Cooperative Extension is a
key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong public mission and an extensive local
presence that is responsive to needs in New York communities. You can access these
programs via www.smallfarms.cornell.edu.




Cornell Small Farms Program                                              January 2011

				
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