The New York Farm Show is right around the corner and information packed. From the latest farm technology to its full line of educational workshops, we’re ready to prepare you for the year ahead. Join us as we host daily seminars presented by the New York Beef Producers Association and the New York Forest Owners Association. Be on the lookout for this year's lineup!
GET YOUR BEEF: Visit the reimagined beef display
Hungry? Don’t forget to visit the New York Beef Producers Association display in the Dairy Building to get your hot beef sundae.
Grab a mouthwatering hot beef sundae each day starting at 10:30 a.m. until sold out.
This year’s beef display will look a little different than in past years. Mainstays like the live beef cattle display will be returning. And, as always, beef hats will be available for purchase.
New for 2024 is the “Guess The Weight of the Beef” Contest. The winner will receive “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” merchandise at the end of the show.
The association will also be taking votes for “New York Farm Show’s Favorite Cut of Beef.” Be sure to stop by the booth to “weigh in” on both contests!
In place of presentations this year will be televised videos, including virtual farm tours featuring beef producers from across the state. Brush up on beef nutrition facts and more. These short videos will be the perfect thing to watch while you have a seat on our bleachers and enjoy a hot beef sundae.
Saturday will again feature the Junior Beef Producers with their live public presentations. As always, the beef display will have information on the latest New York Beef Producer Association events and programs; various state breed associations; and the new, elite beef recognition award program — the New York Beef Farm of Excellence.
Stop in to see the New York Beef Council team also!We look forward to talking with and seeing beef producers and consumers at this year’s show.
Get some forestry education
Organized and hosted by the New York Forest Owners Association, this year’s forestry seminars at New York Farm Show will feature talks on deer management, insects and diseases, supporting pollinators, and more. The seminars will be held Friday and Saturday of the show in the Martha Eddy Room of the Arts and Home Building.
Here’s the complete seminar schedule:
Friday, February 23
10-11 a.m.: “Best practices on a small woodlot,” presented by Peter Smallidge, Extension forester with Cornell Cooperative Extension.Small woodland parcels are endearing to owners and provide many opportunities for activities to ensure they remain healthy and support the owner’s interests. There are several simple and basic actions that owners can take to be active in their woods and to enjoy the land to its fullest extent.
11 a.m.-noon: “Firewood from private woodlands: Techniques, tactics and production,” presented by Peter Smallidge, Extension forester with Cornell Cooperative ExtensionWoodlot owners should consider their scale of production, what equipment they have or can borrow, what trees to select, how to fell trees to optimize production and safety, logistics and options for bucking and moving, and how to handle and store the wood.
1-2 p.m.: “Deer management and problems,” presented by Brendon Quirion, big game biologist with New York State Department of Environmental ConservationWhite-tailed deer can have a significant impact on forest ecosystems, but steps can be taken to mitigate the damage. This presentation will focus on DEC’s approach to managing deer populations and what deer management options are available to landowners who want to promote forest health.
2-3 p.m.: “Insects and diseases in your woods,” presented by Kim Adams, SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryThere are many different insects and diseases that affect the growth and development of New York’s woods and forests. Recognizing signs of infestation by some of the typical invaders is the first step to controlling them and will lead to better management of your land.
Saturday, February 24
10-11 a.m.: “Maple syrup making for the small producer,” presented by Kristina Ferrare of the New York State Maple Producers AssociationProducing sweet maple syrup from your own sugar maple trees can be both fun and educational. Recent developments in equipment and techniques make it possible for landowners to make syrup from their own trees. From owning just a few acres to more extensive woodlands there are opportunities to make syrup for your own use or to sell.
11 a.m.-noon: “Supporting pollinators in woodlands,” presented by Lacey Smith, biologist with the Pollinator Partnership and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation ServiceNative insects and birds (pollinators)provide vital ecosystem services and food security but are facing challenges from invasive species and habitat loss. This presentation will show how to support native pollinators with trees and shrubs and several cost-sharing programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that directly or indirectly support pollinators.
1-2 p.m.: “Landowner liability in rural New York,” presented by Brendan Conley of Colligan Law FirmThere are several New York state laws relating to recreational use of private rural lands as well as properly posting private land. This presentation could be useful for forest owners, given the complexities and concerns involved in ownership and management of rural, expansive and/or densely wooded property.
2-3 p.m.: “New laws, regulations and programs that can affect your property,” presented by John Bartow, executive director of Empire State Forest Products AssociationThe New York State legislature and agencies tackle a wide variety of bills, regulations and programs each year. Many of these can have a great effect on what you might or might not be able to do on your own woodlot. An update of the current activity in Albany will help you understand the changing political scene.
3-4 p.m.: “CommuniTree Steward Program,” presented by Leanna Nugent, community forestry specialist with Cornell Onondaga County Cooperative ExtensionThe CommuniTree Steward Program is a volunteer, service-based program with Cornell Cooperative Extension where volunteers learn the basics about trees, including urban forestry, and then assist in tree projects throughout the community.