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Event List
Friday, August 08, 2014 10:00 AM
We’re celebrating “Grown on Long Island Day” – please join us!!  If you are heading east for the weekend, stop by the “Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day” county-wide farmers market at the Suffolk County Farm, located right off the LIE at Exit 67 South.  This year’s event features a variety of farmers providing locally grown products, along with live farm animals, cooking demonstrations with local chefs, wagon rides, farm crafts, a scavenger hunt and games for the children.   For more information, visit www.grownonlongisland.com or call the Long Island Farm Bureau at 631.727.3777.
Friday, August 15, 2014 1:00 PM
This timely training on soil health is coordinated and sponsored by Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA-NRCS, CCE Suffolk and the LIREC with funding from the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and USDA- NRCS.


Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Health

-A Soil Health Workshop-

Increasing Farm Production, Profitability and Protection

Of Natural Resources for Long Island Agriculture


August 15, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center

3059 Sound Ave. Riverhead, NY 11901


Maintaining on-farm soil health is integral to ensuring productive, profitable, and sustainable agricultural operations while improving water, wildlife, and air quality. Soil health is vital for Long Island as its prime agricultural soils lend to high levels of agricultural production and valuation of this region.  Unfortunately, the agronomic practices commonly applied to our sandy loams readily degrade soil health and its functional abilities to support production while buffering against erosion, leaching, disease, pests and weeds.


This science-based workshop will introduce soil principles and properties including the concepts and benefits of best management practices that improve soil health, with a focus on the assets and liabilities of Long Island soils.   Hands on soil health demonstrations will reveal how varying management practices can improve soil health and productivity.  An array of soil health management systems including cover crop and reduced tillage demonstrations will also be highlighted for the specific commodities grown on Long Island.




·       Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Health:  The Basics, Benefits, Best Management Practices :

·       Agronomic Practices for Soil Health:   (Liz Camps District Conservationist: USDA-NRCS-NY,

Polly Weigand - Senior Soil District Technician: SCSWCD)

·       Soil Health Soil Properties and Soil Demonstrations: (Olga Vargas – Soil Scientist: USDA-NRCS-NY)

·       Improving Soil Health and Disease Suppression in Vegetable Production with Reduced Tillage:  Discussion and On–Farm Demonstration of Deep Zone Tillage

      (Sandra Menasha-Vegetable Specialist: CCE Suffolk, Dr. Meg McGrath – Vegetable Pathologist–Cornell University)

·       Cover Crop Strategies for Nursery Production  (Mina Vescera - Nursery and Landscape Specialist: CCE Suffolk)

·       Conservation Cover for Vineyards – (Alice Wise - Viticulture Specialist: CCE Suffolk)

·       How to Use and Manage Cover Crops and Cover Crop Mixes for Improving Soil Health, Productivity and Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events  (Paul Salon - Plant Materials Specialist: USDA-NRCS-NY)



NYS DEC Pesticide, CCA, & CNLP Credits are pending for this workshop.


There is no registration fee for this workshop but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information please contact: 

Polly.Weigand@SuffolkCountyNY.gov or (631) 852-3289


Monday, August 25, 2014 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 9:00 AM

LI Farm Bureau Annual Golf Outing will take place at the Baiting Hollow Golf Club on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. For more information on attending or sponsoring this event, please call 631-727-3777.


Monday, October 27, 2014 7:00 PM
Tentative date set for Annual meeting. Please confirm with office and reserve your seat the week before.


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CleanSweepNY Program Coming To LI: A fall 2014

CleanSweepNY collection targeting Nassau and Suffolk Counties will occur during the week of September 29, 2014. Participation is open to farmers and owners of former farms, all categories of NYS certified pesticide applicators, cemeteries, golf courses and marinas, and retailers of agricultural, commercial or home/garden pesticide products. Pre-registration is mandatory. Upon registration, and when arrangements have been finalized, appointment cards with locations and drop-times will be mailed to participants. The Fall 2014 CleanSweepNY registration deadlines are September 5th for holders of unknown products and compressed gas cylinders, and September 19th for all other participants. Requesting a registration packet is easy and can be done by calling 1-877-793-3769 or by e-mail to info@cleansweepny.org (NOTE: Information received by CleanSweepNY is kept strictly confidential). There is NO enforcement potential for any product turned in as part of this collection project .



Farmingdale Horticulture Committee to Honor Joe Gergela

The Farmingdale Horticulture Committee will be honoring Joseph M. Gergela III, Executive Director, Long Island Farm Bureau on October 5, 2014 at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park. For more information, please call the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee at 631-420-2075   brownj@farmingdale.edu

March 25, 2014 National Agriculture Day Press Conference Testimony of Karen Rivara, LIFB President.
Long Island is a special place with some of the most fertile farmland in the country and surrounded by nationally important estuaries. Thirty years ago when I was a young marine science student, I took a day trip to the North Fork. I was amazed at the amount of farms so close to suburban sprawl. Most of those farms are still here today. Insightful farmland preservation, and the incredible ability of our local farmers to keep farming viable, have kept the landscape nearly unchanged since I was a student. READ MORE HERE

Testmony - VIto Minei, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County



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Long Island Farm Bureau is a county Farm Bureau in New York State, and is affiliated by agreement with New York Farm Bureau.  Long Island Farm Bureau programs and services are available only to Farm Bureau members within Long Island. The political views expressed in these pages represent the Long Island Farm Bureau's position on various issues as they relate to Long Island.

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