The Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program is pleased to host five winter webinars for farmers, Extension specialists, and agriculture consultants. Registration is required, but events are free and open to the public. Please join us!
If you missed one of the programs, contact the host listed in the description for links to view recorded session.
Implications of Large Solar Installations and Leasing on Farmland
Friday, February 12, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Speakers: David Kay (Cornell) & Matt Johnson (NYS Tug Hill Commission)
Utility-scale solar projects have been expanding in NY recently due to the need for additional energy development, changing technology, and changes in policies at the state level. This webinar will discuss some of the implications of solar siting on farmland and how we can support renewable energy development while protecting farmland. Register in advance for this meeting (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting): https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErdeqgrj0vGNVOue2p1MeyPcTO6jnFBVeA
Using the CSF Growing Degree Day Calculator for Cropping Decisions
Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm
Speakers: Kitty O’Neil (NNY Regional Ag Team) & Brian Belcher (Cornell)
The Cornell Climate Smart Farming Growing Degree Day (GDD) Tool calculates heat accumulation to predict crop plant, pest, and pathogen development for any field selected from a map. This webinar will provide an in-depth look into the inner workings of the tool and how Extension specialists and farmers are using the tool to make decisions to optimize varieties and yields and minimize labor costs. Register in advance for this meeting (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting): https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApc-CtqzMsE9Oz2rDd4Uc_i48D8Tw95aTk
Irrigation Management in Processing Vegetables using the CSF Water Deficit Calculator
Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm
Speakers: Elizabeth Buck, Steve Reiners, Julie Kickert, and Brian Belcher (Cornell University)
The Cornell Climate Smart Farming Water Deficit Calculator estimates soil water content within a crop’s effective root zone to inform decision-makers about current and forecasted water deficits. This webinar will provide an in-depth look into how some Extension specialists and farmers are using the tool to make very precise decisions for irrigation management in processing vegetables – including looking at the physiology of drought stress in critical stages, how the tool works in detail, and examples of crops grown with irrigation or rain-fed fields. Register in advance for this meeting (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting): https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcemsrjsvE9QFsIYQwkgesmSB0pB034DT
Long Island Agriculture Forum: Climate Change Sessions
January 5-7, 2021
This year’s Long Island Agriculture Forum featured two sessions that covered climate change – the Beginner Farmer Session (How Climate Change Will Affect Weeds in the Future; Building Your Farm’s Resilience in the Face of Climate Change; and Planning Your Farm to Combat Climate Change) and the General Session (Practices and Tools to Increase Farm Resiliency and Adapt to a Changing Climate; Measure to Manage: The Soil Health Benchmark Study and Recognizing the Natural Enemies That Help Control Insect Pests Outdoors). Contact Deborah Aller (email@example.com) for details on the presentations.
Understanding Climate Change and its Impacts on Local Agriculture
Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Phillips, Gansvoort Farm in Clermont, NY
Dr. Phillips presented on the background of climate change, what climate change means for growers in the Hudson Valley (and eastern New York State), and how she is working to be more climate-resilient on her own farm. Dr. Jennifer Phillips is a professor of science at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and teaches in the MS in Climate Science and Policy degree program. Phillips owns and operates a sustainable livestock operation in Clermont, NY, and teaches a tutorial to Bard undergraduates on livestock farming and sustainable agriculture. Contact Jim O’Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details on the webinar.