New York producers reminded to sign up for MFP by Dec. 6, 2019

Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits

USDA reminds producers in New York that the nationwide deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is Dec. 6, 2019. MFP payments are aimed at assisting […]

Three ways to avoid food waste during Thanksgiving

Introducing loaded leftover Thanksgiving nachos from American Dairy Association North East

Thanksgiving time is here and what better way to celebrate than with the three F’s: family, football and food.

What’s almost as good as the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is the copious number of leftovers that will hopefully last until December; however, in America […]

Cow comfort workshops planned

Cornell CALS PRO-Dairy along with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team will be offering cow comfort workshops. The cow comfort workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, […]

GUEST COLUMN: Crop insurance a farm business must

Mary Lou, Steve, Dan and Ben Durfee accept the 2018 Madison County Conservation Farm of the Year on behalf of their family, employees and community. (File photo)

By Steve Durfee

My family knows a little about how much farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

During the Dust Bowl, my grandparents Edson and […]

BQA Transportation Training

Where: 6096 State Highway 8, New Berlin When: Dec. 4, 2019 Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE, but please RSVP by November 29th.  Contact CCE Herkimer County: 315-866-7920 or register at the link at

Transportation Quality Assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. By using best practices, transporters can […]

After push, House passes animal cruelty legislation

Rep. Anthony Brindisi

Brindisi: Cracking down on animal abuse unites Democrats and Republicans; we need to give law enforcement tools they need to hold abusers accountable

Following a push by Congressman Anthony Brindisi, the House of Representatives passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act of 2019. Brindisi, a leader in the fight […]

Stockbridge Valley FFA alumni to host Peterson Farm Brothers

Have you heard? The Peterson Farm Brothers are coming to Stockbridge Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

The brothers will be presenting “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” an AgVocating success story. They will explain how they got started making the videos, where the videos have taken them and even perform some […]

Farmland for a New Generation news

Looking for land? Looking for someone to farm your land?

Join us for some engaging and informative training sessions this fall and winter. The following four programs will be be available across participating counties (in-person with guest speakers both live and virtually.), along with facilitated discussions and time for networking.

Farmland for a New […]

Sexual harassment train-the-trainer event planned at four locations

In January 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law that all employers be compliant in sexual harassment training for their employees. This includes all employers that have one or more employees at their farm or business. Each business should have had a policy in place and training completed by Oct. 9, 2019.

If you […]

SUNY Morrisville hosts Ag Day October 3

SUNY Morrisville celebrates agriculture during its annual Ag Day, Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Dairy Complex.

The event, free and open to the public, features hayrides, ice cream, an exhibition by the college’s Woods Sports Team, a corn activity, aquaculture display, horses and a visit from the Madison […]

Senator Rachel May hosts roundtable on Farm to Institution infrastructure

Senator Rachel May

Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida), with the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, held a roundtable at SUNY Morrisville with leaders and stakeholders in New York’s agricultural industry.

The goal of the roundtable was to discuss a broader, more robust Farm to Institution program across New York state. Farm to Institution […]

New York fruit and vegetable farmers struggle with produce-pricing crisis

Gillibrand calls on USDA to investigate why prices paid to farmers aren’t keeping up with the market

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers in New York and across the country are receiving fair prices for their […]