Tractor safety certification course planned

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County will be offering a Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth and adults 14 years of age and older. We invite and encourage all farm and non-farm youth and adults who will be working on or around machinery to participate in the program.

The program will be held […]

Poolville Farmers Market invites the community to keep shopping local

Many thanks to those who came out to shop local at the Poolville Farmers Market Feb. 4. We want to thank the community for their faithfulness to the market.

If you missed it, or if you just need to stock up on more local goodies, the market will be back in session Saturday, Feb. 18, […]

Herkimer County community supported agriculture fair March 18, 2017

The Herkimer County Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair will be held Saturday March 18 at the Travelodge in Little Falls from 11 am – 1 pm.

There is no charge to attend.

A CSA Fair provides the opportunity for interested consumers to connect with area farmers who provide CSA shares to learn what is available […]

Hamilton indoor farmers’ market Feb. 11

Parry’s will host Hamilton’s Indoor Farmers’ Market Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market features 20-plus vendors with local meats, dairy, baked goods including artisan bread and French pastries, winter produce, spirits, coffee, honey, maple, salsa, jams, vegan, paleo and gluten-free products. The market is the second Saturday of each month […]

Farmer-driven research explores birch syrup production for maple sugarmakers

Birch tree tapped for sap collection as part of the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project evaluating opportunities for birch syrup production. Photo: Michael L. Farrell

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project exploring opportunities for regional maple sugarmakers to produce birch syrup. Four […]

Preauthorized debit available for farm loan borrowers

USDA Farm Service Agency has implemented pre-authorized debit for Farm Loan Program borrowers. PAD is a voluntary and alternative method for making weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments on loans.

PAD payments are pre-authorized transactions that allow the National Financial and Accounting Operations Center to electronically collect loan payments from a customer’s account […]

Marketing assistance available for 2016 crops in Madison County

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized 2014-2018 crop year Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments.

MALs and LDPs provide financing and marketing assistance for list crop, as well as other commodities such as feed grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, pulse crops, rice, peanuts, cotton, wool and honey.

MALs provide producers interim financing after harvest to […]

USDA Farm Service Agency offers text alerts to Madison County producers

Subscribers Can Receive Important Program Reminders and Updates

Madison County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Donna Purdy announced that farmers and ranchers in NY now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their l phone.

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, […]

Farmers accepting WIC and FMNP

Are you a local farmer and looking to reach a larger customer base? Have you considered accepting FMNP or WIC VF?

Farmers who sell their products direct to consumer via a farm stand or farmers market could accept WIC VF or FMNP, therefore increasing their customer base to those who may not have been able […]

Poolville winter farmers market is back

The Poolville Market reopens after its January hiatus this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Celebrate Central New York’s agricultural heritage by supporting local farmers and producers during the winter months when they need it more than ever.

In return put real and local food on your family’s table. Please note the market […]

Herkimer College offering a free range chickens workshop

Herkimer College will be holding a non-credit workshop on owning free-range chickens.

Backyard Chickens will cover the basics of owning your own free-range chickens. Topics include determining whether or not permits are required in your area, choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements,


Certified organic meeting: Energy in high-forage diets for dairy ruminants, diversify with poultry

Speakers at the February 14, 2017 meeting of New York Organic Certified will focus on the challenge of providing energy in high forage diets for dairy cows and other ruminants, the opportunity to diversify a farm business with organic poultry, and marketing.

The meeting starts promptly at 10 am in Jordan Hall, 630 West North […]