Crop Risk Management Series for new and beginning farmers

A two-part mini-series designed to teach producers about the importance of managing risk on your farm enterprise.

Week 1 Building partial budgets

Seed costsDetermining machinery costs

Week 2 Futures Markets

Online SimulationImpact of basis on local prices

Each session runs from 6 to 8 p.m., three locations to choose from:

Tuesday, Feb. 25, and […]

Solar Energy and the Future of Farming in the Mohawk Valley Regional workshop March 7

A regional workshop on hosting utility and large scale solar farms for farmers, land-owners and municipal officials will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Herkimer College Robert McLaughlin College Center Amphitheater (CC 288). Co-sponsored by Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Otsego County Conservation Association, Herkimer College […]

2020 Central New York Dairy Day: How dairy producers can increase their milk price

Low milk prices have plagued the dairy industry for several years. We have seen some improvement in the milk price recently. Dairy producers often feel helpless when prices are low. The farm-gate milk price is predominately driven by the price of butterfat and milk protein. The higher the butterfat and protein, the higher the […]

2020 Maple Weekend Northern Region Represents 176 Years of Sugarmaking

It will soon be 2020 Maple Weekend time! Preparations are already underway for March 21-22 and March 28-29, 2020 Maple Weekend open house events at 18 sites in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and Oneida counties and at the International Maple Museum. A wide array of maple products from maple syrup, maple sugarcakes, and maple cream […]

Local farmer receives state journalism award

“Sometimes it pays to be at the right place at the right time with the right equipment,” says Deansboro farmer and freelance agriculture correspondent Troy Bishopp.

Bishopp, known to many as the “Grass Whisperer,” found himself in a spring pasture with his trusty point-and-shoot Canon camera and got a shot of an Angus beef […]

State Agriculture Department announces efforts to increase environmental practices on farms across the state

Two funding programs totaling $1.3 million will support protection of New York’s natural resources and help farmers maintain standards for the NYS Grown and Certified Program

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets recently announced the availability of $1.3 million for two programs to assist New York farmers increase environmental protections on farms across […]

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

Friday, Jan. 31, 1 to 3 p.m.Friday, Feb. 7, 1 to 3 p.m.Friday, Feb. 14, 1 to 3 p.m.Friday, Feb. 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

QuickBooks is the most-used bookkeeping software for small businesses. We’ll review:

Basic accounting concepts and reportsHow to set up a chart of accounts to fit your operationInvoicing and cash receiptsRecording […]

Tractor safety certification course planned

Pre-registration is required by Feb. 11

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 […]

New York State Agriculture Commissioner welcomes nominations for Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is currently accepting nominations for the New York Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board, with the three-year term starting May 1, 2020. The Advisory Board assists the Commissioner in the administration of the DPO and makes recommendations on dairy marketing promotion, education and research programs. All nominations must […]

CCE presents dairy forage options for marginally drained land

The winter of 2019 pointed out the risk of growing alfalfa on somewhat poorly and poorly drained soils as stands were killed in many instances. But as competition for land increases, these wetter fields may be the ones that are readily available for rent or purchase.

These workshops will be an informal discussion of […]

Tractor Safety Certification planned for Feb. 18

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 […]

Canastota FFA visits Camden

Five members of Canastota’s FFA chapter visited elementary schools in neighboring Camden this month to share their knowledge of maple syrup production.

Senior Kyle Hale; juniors Bailey Doxtater, Jessica Kimball and Konnor Stokes; and eighth-grader Kayden Hale spent a day at Camden Elementary and McConnellsville Elementary talking with more than 400 students about the […]