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 […]

Open Enrollment for Madison County Agricultural Districts is October 2017

Agricultural Districts play a vital role in protecting agricultural land in Madison County. Farmland accounts for close to 45 percent of Madison County’s entire area.

As described by the Agricultural Protection Unit at New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, “The purpose of agricultural districting is to encourage the continued use of farmland for […]

Tenney Joins House Agriculture Committee at Farm Bill Listening Session

Rep. Claudia Tenney

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) joined members of the House Agriculture Committee at SUNY Cobleskill for a Farm Bill Listening Session. Throughout the process of writing the 2018 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee has traveled across the country to get input from stakeholders in all sectors of the agricultural industry.

“Agriculture […]

Morrisville State College hosts annual Ag Day Oct. 5

More than 1,500 attendees are expected to grace campus to celebrate agriculture during Morrisville State College’s annual Ag Day, being held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Academic Quad.

The event, free and open to the public, features a pedal tractor pull, hayrides, hay maze, face painting and seed-planting activities.


Magee: Farms eligible for $50 million to support water quality projects

Bill Magee

Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced that livestock farms can now apply for state grants to help fund water quality projects that help comply with new environmental regulations. A total of $50 million is available through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which was included in this year’s state budget. As chair of the […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

A “Local” digging up a Brookfield potato?

Big potatoes and other garden oddities

By Hobie Morris

” A sluggard does not plow in season, so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” Prov. 20:4

Englishman Peter Glazebrook is a celebrated gardener—in a very big way! in 2011 he grew an onion weighing almost […]

Madison County Farm Bureau to host takeover night at Owera Vineyards

Proceeds to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., members of the Madison County Farm Bureau will host the third annual celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards. All tips generated at the event will benefit Food Bank of Central New York. In addition, Owera Vineyards will […]

Morrisville State College yearling sale draws crowd

Pictured is Kasey Mang with Hot Seat. Photo courtesy Franci Valenzano

Robbie Robinson waited patiently as bidders started nodding and raising their hands over a sleek bay colt standing in the sale ring.

“I took my time and then when it was right, I made that one bid.”

And with that, Rockstar Rebel was […]

Serving Beginning Farmers in New York Workshop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is holding a workshop for organizations and individuals that serve new and beginning farmers. The workshop will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 28, at the new Embassy Suites hotel located at 311 Hiawatha Blvd W, Syracuse.

Representatives from FSA, SCORE, Cornell Small […]

Morrisville State College Dairy Club to host 35th annual Autumn Review Sale

Morrisville State College student Serena Gabel during 2016 Autumn Review Sale. Photo courtesy Ken Chapman

The Morrisville State College Dairy Club is set to host its annual Autumn Review Sale Saturday, Sept. 16.

The sale, entering its 35th year, begins at 11 a.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison County Building on Eaton Street […]

Morrisville State College holds Autumn Review Sale

Leila Richmond, dairy student from Eden, stands with a cow for sale during Morrisville State College’s annual Autumn Review Sale. Photos courtesy Ken Chapman

Brittney Noto is learning a lot about the dairy industry—like how to run a cattle sale.

For the second year, Noto, an animal science-dairy student from Delevan, served as a […]