SYRACUSE, N.Y. — There is a grain renaissance growing in New York State. Craft bakers, chefs, brewers, and distillers are creating new value-added market opportunities for NYS-grown grain. Recent farm brewery and distillery legislation is further bolstering this trend.
In the Amber Waves on the Horizon: Grain Growing for Emerging Value-Added, Local Small Grain Market session at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo on Tuesday, January 17, attendees will gain an overview of malting barley production in NYS and general considerations for getting involved in producing grain for value-added markets in NYS. Cornell and farmer session speakers will include aspects informative to both beginning small grains growers and those who have already begun to produce grain.
This Expo session was organized by Justin O’Dea, CCE Ulster County. DEC credits will be available.
Amber Waves on the Horizon: Grain Growing for Emerging Value-Added, Local Small Grains Markets
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo is January 17-19 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York and neighboring producers. Attendees can expect presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.
Educational sessions offered at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, processing vegetables, hops, grains, cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, potato, Cole crops, root crops and specialty crops; and focused programs in water management and irrigation, weed management, wildlife management, soil health, post-harvest handling, biopesticides, beginning farmer, marketing using social media and apps, transplant and greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GAPS, labor, and hard cider production. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.
For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
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