USDA Offers Flood-Impacted New York Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains

(Hamilton), August 23, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) NYS Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mark Dennis reminds farmers and ranchers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains […]

Magee’s bill to strengthen farm cideries becomes law

Bill Magee

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced that legislation he authored to allow farm cideries to sell their products to all licensed wineries and cideries has been signed into law (Ch. 171 of 2017).

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state. We should be doing all we can to cut red tape for producers […]

Miller attends Herkimer County Fair opening ceremonies

Assemblyman Brian Miller is pictured with Herkimer County Dairy Princess Connie Louise Frasier.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Miller (R,I-New Hartford) attended the opening ceremonies for the 2017 Herkimer County Fair. This year’s event runs from August 15 – 20. While at the event, Miller met with volunteers and 2017-18 Herkimer County Dairy Princess Connie Louise […]

Miller, Gillibrand tour Brewery Ommegang

Assemblyman Miller and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently toured Brewery Ommegang and discussed legislation that will help New York state breweries.

Recently, Assemblyman Brian Miller (R,I-New Hartford) toured Brewery Ommegang alongside U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and met with Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. While touring, they discussed the exponential growth of breweries in New York […]

Emerging corn pest in Northern New York prompts farmer-driven research

Western Bean Cutworm egg mass shadow, hatched larva, egg mass, July 2017; photos: Michael Hunter, CCE Jefferson County

Western Bean Cutworm Field Trial Results Available, Work Continues Western Bean Cutworm, an emerging pest of field and sweet corn in the Eastern U.S, prompted the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program to fund field […]

USDA Seeks Applications for Loans to Provide Broadband in Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced this week.

“Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure to deliver high-speed internet service is essential in today’s global marketplace,” Hazlett said. “Broadband helps create jobs. It also helps […]

Family Fun: Chicken Chat, Sparks the Dog, SUP tryouts in the Pond at 2017 Empire Farm Days

The Chicken Chat board game is among the fun new learning activities in the Farm Bureau Family Education Center at Empire Farm Days Aug. 8, 9 and 10, 2017.

The 2017 Empire Farm Days has announced a full slate of family fun activities and attractions Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at Rodman Lott and […]

Chittenango Garden Club announces August meeting topic

Topic: Get the Dirt on Soil Presenter: Onondaga County Master Gardeners John Piston and Melanie Henson Where: Sullivan Free Library at Chittenango (101 Falls Blvd., Chittenango) When: Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Public Welcome! Interested in joining the garden club? Sign up at the meeting or call Geri Belotti at 315-687-9431. […]

New York State Producers Have until Aug. 1 to Enroll in ARC/PLC

Deadline nearing to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

U.S. Department of Agriculture New York State Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director Mark Dennisreminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2017 crop year.

These programs […]

Gillibrand urges USDA to expand crop insurance for industrial hemp farmers

Kirsten Gillibrand

(Eaton, July 24, 2017) Standing at JD Farms, one of the largest industrial hemp farms in New York State, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand crop insurance coverage for New York State industrial hemp farmers.

“If our farmers are going to invest their resources to […]

No farms, food or America

Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

My beautiful wife Lois came up with the title of what follows. She and I are simple rural people whose best friends are neighboring family farmers. This article title should be indelibly imprinted in every American’s mind. It’s a truism that has incredible importance to every one of us.

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COLUMN: Dairy farmers shot down again, but we are not giving up

Arden Tewksbury, Manager Pro-Ag, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discuss including whole milk in the school lunch program, and falling prices paid to dairy farmers immediately following the House Ag Committee hearing, Oct. 7, 2015. (File photo)

Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Pro-Ag

On June 2, 2017, the dairy division of the USDA received our […]