USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) New York State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Mark Dennis reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.

“Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside […]

Thankful for Farmers at Market this Saturday

Join the fun and bring your friends to the Poolville Community Center, Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon for the Farmers Market. You can shop for meat, produce, bread, cheese, eggs, butter and more. Treat your family and friends to a Thanksgiving meal featuring locally produced foods. Stay and enjoy a cup of […]

USDA issues Safety-Net Payments to New York state farmers

U.S. Department of Agriculture New York State Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director Mark Dennis announced that approximately 17,600 New York State farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, are […]

Stirpe – Tis the season to support local agritourism

Al Stirpe

It’s time to dig into a slice of pumpkin pie, enjoy some cider and break out the holiday decorations. With the holiday season quickly approaching, there’s a lot going on with feasts to prepare and gifts to give. Luckily, everything you need for the holidays is right here in CNY thanks to […]

Farmers Have a Voice in Local Farm Program Decisions

FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 6

U.S. Department of Agriculture New York State Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Mark Dennis today announced that the USDA will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6, […]

Poolville Winter Farmers Market kicks off ninth season Saturday, Nov. 4

Local farmers and artisans invite you to join them at the first Poolville Winter Farmers Market of the season. The market will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to come out to shop as there are some fun developments in store to kick off the market’s ninth year.

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Magee: Legislation to lower insurance costs for agritourism businesses becomes law

Bill Magee

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced that legislation he sponsored limiting the cost of liability insurance for agricultural tourism businesses has been signed into law (Ch. 338 of 2017). The new law protects farms that diversify their income with pumpkin patches, apple orchards, hay rides, Christmas trees and other agritourism opportunities.

“New York […]

Future of agricultural policy discussed during 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour held at Morrisville State College

Community members from across the state joined the Morrisville State College campus community to engage with New York’s agricultural leaders during the 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour hosted by the college Monday.

Morrisville State College President David Rogers provided the event’s opening remarks to the packed crowd, which included Morrisville students, faculty and staff in […]

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Releases Water Quality Report

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has released a report on potential impacts to water quality from unconventional natural gas drilling and other activities in the Basin.

A water quality monitoring network with more than 50 stations was put into place in 2010, as the natural gas industry was rapidly growing in the Basin. Most of […]

Chenango County Farm Bureau annual meeting Oct. 24

The Chenango County Farm Bureau the 62nd annual meeting is starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Silo (just off Rt 206 near Coventry, 203 Moran Road, Greene).

Sen. Fred Akshar of the 52nd District, a representative from Senator Seward’s office and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch of the 122 District have been invited.

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Equine Forage Quality Meetings Slated for Early November

The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting three Equine Forage Quality meetings in early November.

The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. Horse owners and hay growers attending will learn more about the forage quality needs of their horses or […]

USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation payments total exceeds $9.6 billion

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that more than $9.6 billion in payments will be made, beginning this week to producers through the Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and Conservation Reserve programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2016 crop […]