The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present two webinars for beginning farmers in March 2021
The webinars are free however pre-registration is required to get a link to each webinar. Please register at these links or by emailing email@example.com.
USDA Resources for Beginning Farmers in New York State: USDA’s Beginning Farmer Team in New York will offer this webinar on March 4 from 12 – 2 p.m. Register here.
Understanding Eligibility Requirements for NRCS and FSA Programs: USDA’s Urban Agriculture Team in New York will offer this webinar for urban producers on March 24 from 12 – 1 p.m. The webinar will be useful to all beginning farmers. Register here.
According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, 27% of farmers were categorized as new and beginning producers, which means they have 10 years or less of experience operating a farm or ranch.
To institutionalize support for beginning farmers and ranchers and to build upon prior agency work, the 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to create a national coordinator position in the agency and state-level teams for four of its agencies – Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Rural Development (RD).
Feel free to reach out to the Beginning Farmer Team for additional questions. The New York team consists of:
Lynnette Wright – FSA – Lynnette.firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Baker – NRCS – Suzanne.email@example.com
Bill Ferris – RMA – William.firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Heller – Urban Conservationist - Joseph.email@example.com
Value Added Producer Grant Free Learning Sessions
March 3rd. Are you interested in learning about Value Added Producer Grants through the USDA? Join CCE Educators for a 3 session program brought to you by: CCE Madison County, CCE Oneida County, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team and Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team.
Wednesday, March 3rd from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – How are VAPG applications selected for funding?
Presenters: Liz Higgins
Description: Your application is ready but you want to be sure that you have included all the right information. What is that information? What will the person that is reviewing your grant application be looking for and how is that application scored? This session will be led by someone who has reviewed VAPG applications and can give some insight on what types of applications get funded. We will also discuss what the funding process looks like.
To register visit:
For information about the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) visit our Grants & Funding Opportunities page.
Cornell Small Farms Online Courses:
Cornell Small Farms Program has announced a new slate of online courses for the fall, featuring new courses and learning opportunities. The program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. New topics include “Reading the Land,” “Beef Cattle Management,” and “Social Media & Online Marketing.” https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/online-courses/
Archived webinars for Farmers. Covering topics like Farm Energy, Farm Finances, Land Access, Marketing, and Vegetable Production: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/webinars/webinars-for-farmers/
Winter Webinar Series:
Helping Farmers' Markets Adapt to Current Consumer Trends - Thru February 10, 2021
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County are hosting a series of webinars to showcase the SARE Consumer Survey Toolkit. Each session will look at sections of the toolkit with the goal of helping prepare farmers markets to better reflect consumer attitudes toward shopping at farmers markets. Presenters will highlight the programs, services and policies of markets of all sizes in urban, suburban and rural areas.
All sessions at no charge, but registration is required. Visit the links for more course information or to register. Please use the registration links for each session and register yourself for each session. A link to the webinar will be emailed to you following your registration.
Jan 26, 2021, Making the Customer the VIP, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Creating a customer-focused market is the key to ensuring loyalty and continued purchases season after season. During this session we will hear from several markets about the mechanisms for customer input about their market and how they implement it to keep their customers feeling like the King or Queen of the market. We’ll also hear about programs or policies they have implemented which drive their customer experience
Feb 10, 2021, Identifying and Overcoming Customer Obstacles, 10AM – 11AM
Speakers: Josie Moroney, Cooperstown Farmers Market; Steve Ridler, Troy Farmers Market
The toolkit identified obstacles to customers and proposed some potential solutions. This session will highlight both an urban and rural farmers market and initiatives that they implemented. We’ll learn how they designed programs and services to meet the needs of their customers to encourage continued shopping.
NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership COVID Impact Workshops
Many manufacturers operating in the age of COVID are facing unique challenges, like risky supply chains, the need for enhanced employee safety protocols, uncertain distribution channels, and more.
Join FuzeHub as we look at the impact COVID has had on New York manufacturers, specifically in the food and beverage industry, and learn things like:
How have other food and beverage manufacturers successfully managed to grow their businesses during the pandemic?
What NY-based resources are available to help with your company's COVID-related issues?
Where can you go to apply for up to $10,000 in project funding to address these issues?
FEBRUARY 11 - The Path Forward: A Proactive Approach to Business Continuity Planning
For a full calendar of upcoming webinars visit:
Soulfire Farm Uprooting Racism in the Food System:
Thursday, January 14, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
Wednesday, January 27, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
Wednesday, February 10, 1PM-4PM Eastern TICKETS
The Uprooting Racism training is a theory and action workshop for environmental and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society. We delve deep into the history and structural realities of racial injustice and develop an understanding of the movement strategies of frontlines communities struggling for food sovereignty. We will examine our personal and societal roles of complicity in and resistance to the system. Much of the time will be spent developing tangible action plans – to use our sphere of influence to uproot these oppressions. True to Soul Fire Farm’s values and culture, this work will be rooted in fierce love, courageous self-reflection, and healing connection to land.
November and December sessions have already sold out. For tickets visit the ticket links above. For additional dates or to sign up for the waiting list visit:
American Farmland Trust "Farming in a Pandemic" video series
In this web series from American Farmland Trust, they sit down (over video) with small farmers and food system workers from across the country to talk about how the coronavirus crisis is impacting their farms, markets and lives. You may recognize several local faces:
Episode 4 features Michael Hurwitz from NYC Greenmarket Farmers Markets
Episode 8 features Featherbed Lane Farm owner, and AFT's own, Tim Biello
Episode 11 features Lee Hennessy and Moxie Ridge Farm
The entire series can be found at: