Ag News

2017 Pesticide Training & Recertification Series - Mondays, January 30 - February 20, 2017

CCE Ontario County, 480 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424.  Mondays January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:30pm.  Anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the DEC experience/education requirements or  current applicators seeking pesticide recertification credits should attend. 2.5 recertification core credits will be available for each class.  $175 for certification which includes the training manuals and all 4 classes.  Does not include the exam fee.  Recertitication is $25 per class. For more information or to register contact CCE Ontario County at 585-394-3977 ext. 427 or visit:

2017 Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Western Region) - February 15, 2017

Program topics will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, differentiating between the beneficials and pests, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates. Click Here for more information. 

Manure Forum - Proper Handling, Value and Dangers! - February 23, 2017

Sites and Speakers from around the state will be connected via the internet.  Effective, safe manure handling is a must. This forum will cover how to transport manure safely, a unique program for handling spills, maximizing nutrient value, safety considerations in confined spaces and an update on a study in Yates County regarding hazardous hydrogen sulfide levels in stored manure particularly with gypsum bedding products.  Wyoming County CCE is a site location for this event, located in the Wyoming County Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw, NY 14569.  Registration is $25 and includes lunch, contact Nancy Anderson at or 585-394-3977 ext 427.  Click Here to open the full flyer. 

Food Hub Grower Meeting - February 23, 2017

Eden Valley Growers (EVG), a farmer-owned cooperative and the owner/operator of the Western NY Food Hub, invites you to attend an information session on how they provide technical assistance and support for farmers interested in selling to the Western NY Food Hub. Eden Valley Growers, along with their project partners Cornell Cooperative Extension and Field & Fork Network, will host the meeting on February 23, 2017 at CCE Erie County, from 11am to 1:00pm.  The Western NY Food Hub sources fruits and vegetables from growers around Buffalo and in twelve counties of Western New York – Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Monroe, Livingston, Allegany, Wayne and Ontario. Products are sold and distributed predominantly to wholesale buyers in Buffalo, and to buyers across the entire state of New York, as well as the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Please RSVP by February 21 to Dave Walczak, Eden Valley Growers at 716-992-9721 or email 

New York Farm Show 2017 - February 23, 24, 25, 2017

Held at the NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. $5 admission at the door, under 18 are free. The NY Farm Show is the biggest technology showcase in the Northeast. Make plans now to attend this outstanding event. Click Here for more information. 

Western Regional Greengrass Conference - February 27, 2017

Held at the Millennium Hotel, Buffalo, NY.  From 7:00am to 3:30pm. Several industry speakers, DEC Credits available, and Trade Show. Click Here for more information about this event. 

Forage Congress - February 28, 2017

 9:00am to 3:30pm  Held at Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center, 134 North Main St., Mount Morris, NY 14510. $35 for enrolled in NWNY Team or $50 non-enrolled NWNY Team.  Click Here for more information. 

Growing Berries Under Cover Workshop - February 28, 2017

Held at Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab, 6592 West Main Rd, Portland, NY 14769. The NYS Berry Growers Association is hosting day-long workshops with Cornell researchers, Extension educators from PSU and Cornell Cooperative Extension, and experienced berry growers to address advances in growing under cover. These include: day-neutral strawberry cultivars for low tunnels, choosing and recycling tunnel plastic, using technological tools to predict weather events, disease and insect management, growing raspberries in high tunnels, and using exclusion netting to protect against Spotted Wing Drosohila. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and those that register a week before the workshops will receive a take-home resource guide and supplies. Lunch will be provided. DEC credits in caegories 1A, 10 and 22 and 23 will be available. To attend, register at:

Milk Quality: Make it Pay! - March 2, 2017

Held at the Wyoming County Ag & Business Center CCE Office, 36 Center Street, Suite B, Warsaw. 9:45am to 3:00pm, Register by February 23.  $35 per person, $30 per each additional person from the same farm, includes lunch and materials.  Click Here  to open the full workshop flyer. 

2017 Dry Bean Meeting - March 6, 2017

Join us for research and production updates on dry bean varieties and bean breeding, weed management, Western bean cutworm, and white mold disease. There will also be an update on food safety practices and documentation required by buyers. We will also review research priorities and gather suggestions for future educational programs. DEC and CCA credits have been applied for.

Lunch will include tasty dry bean dishes from the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. Cost: $25 for Cornell Vegetable Program enrollees; $35 for all others. Registration will be available at the door but lunch cannot be guaranteed unless pre-registration is received by March 1st. Click Here for more information or to register online. 

Onion School - Research Update & Advisory Meeting - March 8, 2017

9:30am to 4:00pm held at the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Curtis Classroom in Education Center, 12690 State Route 31, Albio, NY 14411. This meeting is FREE and DEC credits and CCE credits will be available. RSVP's are appreciated by Feb. 27th contact Christy Hoepting 585-721-6953 or  

15th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner - March 18, 2017 

The 15th Annual Celebrate Agriculture Dinner will take place Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6 pm at the Alexander Fire Hall. This event is a celebration of Genesee County’s number one industry – Agriculture. The highlight is a delicious meal using locally produced foods prepared by Penna’s Catering. The dinner is open to the public.

Tickets go on sale December 1 at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce (8276 Park Rd., Batavia). Tickets are $30 each or a table of 10 can be purchased for $275. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Order your tickets now as the event always sells out. Tickets will not be available at the door. Sponsorships are also available which help support agriculture educational events in Genesee County.

The Celebrate Ag Dinner is coordinated by the following partners: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District and Genesee County Farm Bureau. Many local farms and businesses sponsor this event.

For more information contact the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at 585-343-7440 x 27 or

2017 Celebrate Ag Brochure

Pesticide Applicator Training and Credit Course - March 21, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center. This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification Exam specific to the focus of their work. If applying for Core Recertification credits, you must bring your Pesticide Certification ID card with you. This session will carry 3.50 Core Re-Certification Credits. This course is open to those seeking Private or Commercial Category Pesticide Applicator Certification. Click Here for more information.   

Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Session Two - April 15, 2017

Hands on Inoculation of Shiitake Mushrooms on Hardwood Logs. This workshop series is being offered to complement the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Shiitake Mushrooms Viability Project. An Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Series is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. Whether you are interested in growing mushrooms as a hobby or have contemplated commercial production, this workshop series will provide the information you need before getting started. Cost: $30 per person. Held at CCE Wyoming County at 9:00am. Click Here for full Workshop Series Flyer.

Outdoor Mushroom Growing  Workshop Session Three - June 25, 2017

This workshop series is being offered to complement the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Shiitake Mushrooms Viability Project. An Outdoor Mushroom Growing Workshop Series is being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. Whether you are interested in growing mushrooms as a hobby or have contemplated commercial production, this workshop series will provide the information you need before getting started. Cost: $10 per person. Held in Varysburg at 9:00am. Click Here for full Workshop Series Flyer. 

Last updated February 15, 2017