Food Plots, are they the last piece of the puzzle for deer hunters? 

Tim Russell, QDMA Young Forest Specialist, will discuss why and how to create a young forest habitat at the Central New York QDMA Seminar Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 6:00 PM till 8:30 PM at Morrisville College – Norwich Campus, 20 Conkey Ave, Norwich.

That’s one of the questions that will be answered at […]

March 9 winter grape school to include NNY cold-climate grape research update

Delicate grape varieties do not do well under harsh winter weather, so the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has funded research on cold-climate grape varieties to support increasing interest in NNY-grown table grapes and wines.

An update on the most recent work will be offered at the 2nd Northeast NY and Vermont Winter […]

Federally-approved NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice Program Wants Aspiring Dairy Farmers, Dairy Master Graziers

Wanted: aspiring dairy farmers and Dairy Master Graziers to stem the tide of retiring dairy farmers in New York State.

Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the groundbreaking, nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultural industry.

Modeled after apprenticeship programs such […]

2017 Dairy Day Addresses Getting Cows Pregnant

The Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting the 2017 Dairy Day on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown.

The cost will be $30 which includes a buffet lunch. Registration is required. Register online with […]

Crop Congress March 15 at Empire Tractor

The 2017 Madison County Crop Congress will be taking place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Empire Tractor, Route 20, Cazenovia, and is sponsored by Empire Tractor and CCE of Madison County.

Registration opens at 9 a.m., followed by speakers, including Don Nelson from DEC, Mike Hunter […]

Hemp, alternative forage, nutrient balancing on March 13 New York certified organic agenda

The last of the 2017 New York Certified Organic winter meetings Monday, March 13, in Geneva, will include an update on organic hemp production trials plus presentations on nutrient balancing, crop production, and alternative forage production for organic farming systems. Presenters include Cornell University and University of Vermont faculty and a New York organic dairy […]

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 […]