USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

Infusing Rural Communities with Stronger Businesses and Sounder Agricultural Economies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency today announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed […]

NY’s organic farmers invited to meet Feb. 13

New York’s organic farmers invited to meet Feb. 13

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, the second of three 2018 New York Certified Organic winter meetings will focus on harvesting quality forage. The free-to-attend meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 West North St., in Geneva.


 Perdue Names Appointees to the New York USDA Farm Service Agency State Committee

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the New York USDA Farm Service Agency state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.

Each […]

Brindisi named to Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends for support of agriculture

Distinction given to state legislators who support New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has announced Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica has been named to its ‘Circle of Friends’ for 2017.

In a News Release, the Farm Bureau says Brindisi and other legislators who received the honor were chosen for […]

Farm Service Agency – A Vital Source of Assistance to America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Through the work of dedicated staff in over 2,100 county and state offices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency provides vital farm safety-net assistance to agricultural producers across America.

“We’ve seen recent challenges in farm income and commodity prices,” said Dr. Robert Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the Farm Production and Conservation […]

Miller named to NY Farm Bureau Circle of Friends

Brian Miller

Assemblyman Brian Miller (R,I-New Hartford) was recognized for his efforts in support of farming and agriculture in New York state by being named to the prestigious Circle of Friends by the New York Farm Bureau.

“This is such an honor for me to be named to the Farm […]

New York Certified Organic sets 2018 Winter Program Series

Farmers from across New York state gather for the annual NYCO winter meetings in Geneva. Photo courtesy NYCO

Crop rotations, quality forage harvest, pastured hogs, farm startup on agenda

New York Certified Organic has announced its 2018 series of winter meetings with a Jan. 9 session on crop rotations with a presentation on, […]

Grass farmer, agency professional garners national recognition for grassland advocacy

American essayist and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau waxed poetic about life by saying “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

Grass Farmer Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” has been following Thoreau’s reverent path, but it happens to be […]

NRCS Herkimer-Madison-Oneida counties Local Work Group annual meeting

The United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service gives notice that it will hold the annual NRCS Local Work Group meeting for Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties. This meeting is open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday December 21, 2017

TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

WHERE: USDA Service Center – Marcy, 9025 […]

USDA announces enrollment period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that starting Nov. 1, 2017, farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1, 2018.

“Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, […]

Morrisville State College equine program shines at NAILE

Morrisville State College’s equine program shined during the 44th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5.

Morrisville equine manager Scott Seymour accompanied three Morrisville students to NAILE to compete with the college’s hitch and alluring draft horses. Morrisville is the […]

Madison County Farm Service Agency Is Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Donna Purdy announced that Madison County is approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from excessive rain and flooding beginning July 1, 2017, and ending July 2, 2017. ECP signup will begin Oct. 23, 2017, and end Nov. 24, 2017.

According […]