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October 14th, 2016

The Small Farms update summarizes announcements, resources, opportunities and upcoming events relevant to small farms.  Please feel free to share this information in newsletters, email lists, etc. If you would like to submit an item for an upcoming issue, please visit our new online form. Subscribe here. Thank you again for your interest and support of small farms in New York.   

Anu Rangarajan, Director, Cornell Small Farm Program
Small Farms Program Highlights
Veteran On-The-Job Training
We are pleased to announce the NY Division of Veteran's Affairs has approved Kreher's Poultry Farm in Clarence, New York, as the state's first on-the-job training program for military veterans to become farmers. As part of the job-training program, veterans can receive their GI Bill benefits during a six-month to two-year farm training program. Check out the press release for more information.
Fall 2016 Small Farm Quarterly
We are pleased to announce arrival of Fall, 2016 Small Farm Quarterly Magazine. The Quarterly features farmer stories with the goal of supporting the growing farming movement in the Northeastern US.Check out the 16 informative articles in this issue discussing topics ranging from hazelnut trees to breweries. Download the PDF version or read the Quarterly online here
Are you a NY Farmer selling wholesale?  Get $50 for a 30 minute interview
vegetable root radish carrot beet turnip winter Are you a small or mid-scale farmer in New York State with experience selling to food hubs, distributors, groceries, restaurants or cooperatives? The Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking 30 minute phone interviews with farmers of all enterprises who market at least a portion of products to wholesale channels. The interview questions will ask about your experiences building relationships, marketing, harvesting, packing and transporting your product to the wholesale buyer. Quotes from the interviews will be incorporated into the 2nd Edition of the Baskets to Pallets curriculum, a training manual to prepare farmers to successfully enter wholesale markets. Farmers will have the opportunity to review and approve any selected quotes and will also receive a $50.00 check for their time. Interviews will be scheduled at the farmer's convenience. For more information, contact Violet Stone, project coordinator, at 607-255-9227 or email vws7@cornell.edu. Thank you!
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming seeks Proposals for 2017 Programs
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is currently soliciting proposals for their 2017 classes, technical courses and workshops. Groundswell is seeking any program proposal idea that meets their mission of supporting diverse learners and creating a sustainable, just and equitable food system. Groundswell programs are typically organized and offered in the Finger Lakes region including Tompkins, Schuyler, Tioga, Cortland, Broome and Seneca counties. If your RFP is accepted, you will be compensated $25/hour for planning and teaching time. RFP's are due by 5pm on November 15th. If you're RFP is selected, you will be notified by December 15thSubmission of this RFP does not guarantee your proposal will be selected, nor that the course topic you suggest will be offered. Please contact Elizabeth Gabriel at elizabeth@groundswellcenter.org or 607-793-3383 if you have specific questions regarding RFP's or need assistance filling out the form. Forms can be submitted online or mailed/delivered to their office at 225 S. Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Visit Groundswell's RFP webpage for more information.
Broad Beef Producer Input Sought
Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which will be added to the audit's traditional production research to form an in-depth look at where the industry stands and what its successes and shortcomings are. The survey will be completely anonymous and include both information about the industry's cattle operations and the opinions of the people who run them about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry. Input from every segment of the industry - cow-calf, stocker, feeder, dairy and others - is valued and will become part of the detailed picture of the U.S. cattle industry. The survey can be accessed at the Beef Quality Assurance website.

Vegetable Growers Twilight Meeting: Cultivation Equipment Demonstration
October 19, 3:30pm-5:30pm. Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 
51 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Join Leon Vehaba, Farm Manager at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and Ethan Grundberg, Vegetable Crops Specialist with ENYCHP, for a discussion of weed management systems and demonstration of cultivation equipment. The demonstration will highlight the use of several cultivation implements, including a Buddingh Basket Weeder, Williams Flex Tine Cultivator, I & J Two Row 3-Point Cultivator, HAK steerable S-Series hoeing machine, and a Jean-Martin Fortier style flame weeder. In addition to the equipment demo, we will discuss how these tools are used in conjunction with cover cropping, plastic mulching and stale seed-bedding for weed management on diversified vegetable operations. There is no fee for this program. The meeting will be held in rain or shine. Please register by Monday October 17th here, of call Abby Henderson at 518-746-2553. For more information, contact Ethan Grundberg at 845-956-4355 or eg572@cornell.edu.
Practical Aspects of Feeding Horses Workshop
October 20, 6pm-8pm. CCE Ontario's Offices, 480 N Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Horse owners looking to provide the best nutritional
care to their animals will benefit from Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County's upcoming workshop, Practical Aspects of Feeding Horses. Presenter Carol Buckhout, Assistant Professor of Equine Business Management and co-author of the recently published "Practical Equine Nutrition Manual" will present on a wide variety of horse feeding issues. Carol will cover forage quality, including forage analysis, and the impact that this has on feeding strategies. She will also address feeding challenges related to situations such as equine metabolic syndrome and horses with high energy needs. There will also be time for questions and answers from attendees. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to receive forage analysis kits, with one lucky person receiving a complimentary analysis courtesy of Equi-Analytical Laboratories.
Pre-registration is required. Attendees may register in advance online or call Nancy at 585.394.3977 x427. Workshop attendance fee is $15 per person or $25 per farm and will include light refreshments.
2016 Northeast Livestock Conference
November 11, 2:30pm-7:30pm and November 12, 8:15am-1:30pm. Ramada Inn, 6300 Arsenal St, Watertown, NY 13601

Cornell Cooperative Extension invites the public to the upcoming 2016 Northeast Livestock Conference - Making Links: Producers "Meat" Consumers. This will be the first conference of its kind in Northern New York and will be the start of developing a strong local protein market. This conference is for the public as well as farmers and meat producers. The two-day conference is a part of the Local Foods Promotion Program. The Livestock Conference is designed to improve the production, quality, and market for locally produced meats and will cover topics such as marketing, costs of production, product pricing, processing, and more. The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn on Arsenal Street in Watertown. Come enjoy a locally sourced meal on Friday evening and listen to "Animal Welfare is not Rare It's Well Done!" by Jessica Ziehm, Executive Director of the NY Animal Agriculture Coalition. To learn more or register please visit www.ccejefferson.org or contact Kaitlyn Lawrence at (315)-788-8450. Download the registration brochure here.

MANY MORE EVENTS at our Statewide Events Calendar.

Career, Etc. Opportunities
CCE Oneida Co. seeks board members
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County (CCE) is looking for talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs.
We're looking for diverse Oneida County residents with agricultural, accounting, education, early childhood, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), human resource or nutrition experience. If you can contribute your time, expertise, and leadership one evening per month, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please e-mail your resume to Mary Beth McEwen (mm822@cornell.edu), by October 24, 2016. Visit www.cceoneida.com to learn more about CCE.
Do you work with beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs) or on farmland succession issues? Would you like to increase your knowledge and skills and share them with others? If so, consider applying to become a Land Access Trainer. American Farmland Trust is currently seeking 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers from across the country to serve as Land Access Trainers and help test and deliver a new national curriculum. As a partnering Land Access Trainer, you will get to work with the nation's leading experts and have access to the country's "best of the best" BFR resources to address the often unique needs of diverse audiences in your region. For more information or to apply, visit AFT's websiteIf you have questions, please contact Doris Mittasch at dmittasch@farmland.orgApplications are due on October 31, 2016.
Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Access the application hereIf you have questions about the Local Foods, Local Places Program or the application process, please email lflp@epa.govEmail the completed application and optional letter(s) of support to lflp@epa.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 6, 2016.

Funding Opportunities
Fund-a-Farmer Grant
FACT's Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. In our fifth round of grant funding, we will award grants of up to $2,500 for two distinct types of projects: Animal Welfare Certification projects and Pasture Improvement projects. Animal Welfare Certification projects are projects that are designed to help farms achieve Animal Welfare ApprovedCertified Humane, or Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 - 5 certification through on-farm improvements. Pasture Improvement projects are projects that help farms transition to pasture-based systems or improve access to pasture for their animals. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by November 21, 2016. For more information and to see if you are eligible for funding, read the full grant application guidelines.
USDA Farm to School Grant Program
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant
Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, Support Service grant, or Training grant. For all four types of grants, the Federal share of a project cannot exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. For more information and to access the RFA and full application package, click hereThe closing date for applications is December 8, 2016. INSERT IMAGE

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
$17.7 million in grant funding is available to help train and educate the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). The maximum award is $200,000 per year for a period of up to 3 years. 
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program helps fund organizations implementing programs throughout the United States that train beginning farmers and ranchers, through workshops, educational teams, training and technical assistance. Eligible applicants include collaborative state, tribal, local or regionally-based networks or partnerships of public or private entities such as state cooperative extension services, community-based organizations, colleges or universities; and other organizations providing services to beginning farmers and ranchers. 2017 applications are due Dec. 8, 2016. For more information, visit the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program webpage
Latest Resources
Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Report
The Food and Health Network of South Central New York (FaHN) values data-driven approaches to measure progress in agriculture and food access within our 8-county region. The purpose of the Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Report is to inventory the number and capacity of community and educational gardens, and urban agriculture initiatives located in the FaHN region. To gather information for this report surveys were distributed to 93 farms/gardens. Participants responded on a number of different areas that included; when the garden was established, if the garden was active in the most recent growing season and if any produce from the garden was donated. This report will serve as a baseline to measure future changes in community garden initiatives. The full report can be found here.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a made available a free publication about micronutrients for vegetable crops. The publication, "Suggested soil micronutrient levels and sampling procedures for vegetable crops"highlights the major roles, deficiencies, and toxicity symptoms of micronutrients in plants and provides an understanding of the interactions between micronutrients in the soil.

Farm Credit East Grant Writing Services
Farm Credit East offers grant writing services to help farms and agribusinesses grow, change or expand their enterprises. For more information and for a summary identifying federal and regional grants and other incentives available to help Northeast producers, click hereTo access Show Me the {Grant} Money, a guide to finding, planning, writing and submitting a competitive grant application, click here.

Get Connected!
Need personal help?
Sometimes local questions are best answered by your neighborhood Cornell Cooperative Extension agent. Check out our county-by-county listing of small farm agents here. You can also get to know our Cornell Small Farms Program staff, or contact us. Just starting to farm? We have an extensive directory of beginning farmer service providers across the Northeast in the "Who Can Help?" section of our Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website.

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