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NY Certified Organic 2018 Meetings

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Geneva Experiment Station, Jordan Hall 614 W. North Street, Geneva, NY

Topics and Speakers for Tuesday, January 9th
Crop Rotations will be the focus of our first meeting. This topic was requested by a number of our farmers last year. The goal will be to hear how other farmers select the rotations that fit their farm’s financial needs, environmental concerns, and weed pressures. To help with this topic we will have the following speakers:

  • A representative from Kings Agri-Seed on how they see farmers selecting rotations
  • A review of a survey sent out to organic field crop growers.
  • Farmer panel who will share their decision process for rotations
  • Dr. Josh Woodard with Cornell’s Ag Analytics will work with Luke Gianforte on how to use an online tool for managing field and crop data.

Topics and Speakers for Tuesday, February 13th

Harvesting quality forage year after year is the topic of February’s meeting. The challenges of the drought of 2016 followed by the wet spring of 2017 has many farmers wondering if there isn’t a way to create resiliency into their forage system. We have invited the following speakers for this topic.

  •  Tom Kilcer – Advanced Ag Systems; Tom, who has spoken to the group in the past will talk about some new work he has done on adding resiliency to rotations through double cropping and multi-use cover crops.
  • Dr. Heather Darby from the Univ. of VT will share some forage and small grain research she has done in northern VT.
  • Dr. Thomas Björkman with Cornell’s Horticulture Section will show research on planting dates and when to include clover in cover crops.

Topics and Speakers for Tuesday, March 13th

The two topics for March will include how to put hogs on pasture in a diversified dairy or field crop farm and how can a young person get started in the capital intensive industry of farming.

  •  We are pleased to have Ross Duffield the farm manager for the Rodale Institute, joining us to give an overview of current projects at Rodale and also give a “How to” talk on how they included hogs into their farming system and the multiple benefits of doing so.
  • We will have a panel of three farmers who have used Social Investment Capital to help their farming business. Representatives from Dirt Capital Partners and Iroquois Land Company will also be on hand to outline the opportunities they can offer farms.

The popularity of the NYCO winter meetings has grown from a gathering of six organic grain producers in the Martens Farms’ farmhouse kitchen in 1994 to the auditorium in Geneva. Last year we had more than 300 farmers attending the 3 meetings.

There is no cost or need to register to attend the meetings, which start promptly at 10:00am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. The New York Crop Insurance Education Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide support for these meetings. There will be a brief description of how Crop Insurance can benefit organic farmers at each of the meetings.

For more information contact Fay Benson at 607-391-2669 or at

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