Open Farm Day 2017: Start planning

Madison County Open Farm Day, brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension and sponsored in part by Price Chopper, will be on July 29, 2017. This is the event that allows visitors to experience local agriculture up-close.

There are 33 Open Farm Day farms who will open their gates to the public for farm tours, […]

Fence workshop for veterans on Rome farm

Pictured is Troy Bishopp.

Livestock Fence Building Workshop for Veterans

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WHERE: Three Sisters Farm, 7594 Lower Streiff Road, Rome, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshop with a light lunch


If you’re interested in pursuing a livestock enterprise, a good fence is an essential tool to manage animals […]

Byrne Dairy sponsors “The Real Milking Cow” exhibit at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Byrne Dairy’s Senior Management team came to the zoo to unveil Byrnsie, “The Real Milking Cow”exhibit they sponsored at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Pictured from left are Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini with Byrne Dairy executives CEO Fred Sadeghi , CFO Paul Hatty, Sales and Marketing Director Kate Byrne, CTO Nick Marsella, […]

Magee hosts Dairy Day to educate leaders on industry issues

Assembly Agriculture Chair Bill Magee (D-Nelson), in conjunction with Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie (R-Oswegatchie), hosted the annual Dairy Day Celebration at the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The annual event helps to educate state leaders about the importance of the dairy industry in our state. The event featured leaders […]

On Animal Advocacy Day, Griffo backs measures to protect pets from harm, abuse

As the New York State Legislature participated in the seventh annual Animal Advocacy Day Tuesday, June 6, Sen. Joseph Griffo joined the State Senate in passing several measures to further protect animals and pets from harm and abuse.

The Animal Advocacy Day bills passed Tuesday build upon the Senate’s commitment to protecting pets and other […]

Oneida-Madison County youth to graduate as NY Junior Dairy Leaders Aug. 9

Oneida County youth Nelson Cassidy of Stittville, Ashley Thornton of Boonville and Madison County student Kylie Lehr of Canastota are among the 31 NY Junior Dairy Leaders set to graduate Aug. 9 at Empire Farm Days at 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Profit Seminar Center at Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 Route 414, Seneca […]

Forage Quality Report week of May 29

Crop Conditions: Hay Heavy alfalfa fields quality peaked this Tuesday.

Jerry Cherney, Cornell forage specialist did some research which showed significant quality improvement in mature hay stands by raising the height of cut. So your normal height of harvest is probably 3-4” and alfalfa peaked at 32” height. You may be delayed due to the […]

Planting Day at Cottage Lawn farmers’ market June 6

Make sure you come on out the Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, June 6 from 3-7 pm for our Planting Day.

Join us for a fun free kid activity where all children and the kid in all of us will be given pumpkin seeds to grow their very own great pumpkin.

Friends of the […]

To GMO or not to GMO?

Caz Forum to feature hottest topic in food and agriculture

Concerns about the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on food and the environment will be in the spotlight at the next Cazenovia Forum, when the guest lecturer will be Sarah Davidson Evanega, a plant scientist and Cornell University professor who is a leading supporter […]

Low-interest emergency physical loss loans available in several New York counties

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for five counties in New York. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by winter storms, excessive snow and high winds that occurred on March 8 through March 20, 2017, may be eligible for […]

Magee’s legislation to help new farmers enter field passes Assembly

Bill Magee

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced that his legislation to help new farmers get their farms up and running passed the Assembly. The measure creates an inventory of state-owned land and requires the state’s Agriculture Advisory Council to provide tax and financial advice to beginning farmers (A.5060).

“Farming is tough work with long […]

NRCS-NY announces application deadlines for NRCS conservation programs

New York Natural Resources Conservation Service announces June 16, 2017, as the application cutoff date for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for Fiscal Year 2018.

Through the EQIP program, NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to participants to implement practices which address priority resource concerns, including soil erosion, water quality and habitat degradation. Focus areas […]