Fort Plain man arrested on animal cruelty charges

State police arrested Robert F. Sweet, 53, of 176 Mill Lane, Fort Plain, on seven counts of state Agriculture and Markets Law § 353 – overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a class A misdemeanor.

On July 16, 2019, troopers responded to 622 Wagner Hill Road in the town of […]

Madison County youth among 31 junior dairy leaders to graduate at 2019 Empire Farm Days

The 20th anniversary Cornell University Pro-Dairy Junior Dairy Leader class will graduate 31 students at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the 2019 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls.

The graduating class includes Madison County student Erin Curtis Szalach of Cazenovia.

Since 1999, the Junior Dairy Leader […]

Dairy research evaluating heat stress impact on cows

Researchers with the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, are reminding dairy farms that adding sprinkler systems and fans over stalls and feed areas can reduce the negative impact of heat stress on dairy cows, add to cow comfort and well-being and contribute to farm profitability.

“As expected, summer heat can adversely impact […]

Sexual harassment on farms workshop planned

A workshop titled ‘Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms – Tools for Employers’ will be held Monday, July 29, 2019, and Tuesday, July 30, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at multiple locations in New York state. The cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. Register and choose your location by July 26 […]

July 9 Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.WHERE: 8335 Virgil Road, FabiusCOST: FreeRSVP: Please register in advance using our online registration form

Heifers are the foundation of a dairy enterprise, and raising replacements in confinement represents a significant investment for dairy producers. Grazing replacement heifers, whether on the home farm or by contracting […]

USDA offers producers options to re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts

Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd […]

Salka opposes Farm Labor Bill

Assemblyman John Salka

Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,Ref-Brookfield) issued the following statement on the proposed Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act:

This bill is, frankly, dangerous. The sponsors have given no thought to the damage the imposed workday and overtime rates will have on thousands of small family-owned farms across the state. These farms are […]

NRCS Herkimer-Madison-Oneida news

NRCS-NY Announces Application Cutoff Dates for NRCS Conservation Programs

New York Natural Resources Conservation Service announces July 19, 2019, as the application cutoff date for the General signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for Fiscal Year 2020.

Through the EQIP program, NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to participants to implement practices […]

Organic @Cornell Summer Field Day Series Announced

The Cornell Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team and New York Soil Health Initiative, in conjunction with NOFA-NY, have announced a free Organic @Cornell Summer Field Day Series. To register for any or all of the events, visit the NOFA NY website at or call 315.988.4000.

The series’ programs are as follow:


Celebrity bartender event generosity multiplies

Presenting the Madison County Farm Bureau Board Members Darrell Griff (left) and Bailey Coon with a check from the evening’s event are Coal Yard Bar & Grill owners Bob (second from left) and Ruth Ann Stone and the NYS Fair Director & Celebrity Bartender for the evening, Troy Waffner.

The Coal Yard Bar & […]

Cornell Cooperative Extension news

Learning opportunities available in two webinars for farmers

NYSDOL’s Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs is hosting a series of short, interactive webinars for farms. Register with DIPA to learn and ask questions about several important topics.

The state Department of Labor’s DIPA is hosting free lunch time webinars for farmers. View and listen […]

GUEST COLUMN: Ideas for dairies dealing with weather challenges

Ideas for dairies dealing with weather challenges

By David R Balbian, M.S., P.A.S.

This extremely wet spring has caused delays in the harvest of hay crop in our region. Most people have not harvested any hay crop, yet the crop has continued to mature with most grass fields in our first-cut monitoring program exceeding […]