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 […]

Students: Pre-Registration Open for New York State FFA Welding Contest

Student welders vie for Morrisville State College scholarships in the New York State FFA Welding Competition at Empire Farm Days. Photo: Empire Farm Days

Students in grades 9-12 have until July 23 to pre-register for the 2019 New York State FFA Welding Competition that will be held at the 2019 Empire Farm Days. The […]

The Haven at Skanda to host second-annual Family Fun Day

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Invites families to meet the animals of Skanda, featuring hay rides, face painting and live music by Flashback

The Haven at Skanda will welcome visitors to the farm for its second annual Family Fun Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 4000 Mosley Road in Cazenovia. This family-friendly event […]

May announces more than $1 million for Onondaga and Madison counties’ farm infrastructure

Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida) is proud to announce the allocation of over $1 million in funding for farm infrastructure in Onondaga and Madison Counties.

The award is part of third-round funding of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Waste Storage and Transfer System Program, which helps farmers better manage and store nutrients on […]

USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

Extensions also available to Many Expiring Contracts

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the Conservation Reserve Program continuous signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs.

“USDA offers a variety of […]

USDA FSA news

From the Directors Desk

I hope this finds you outside! Finally some sunshine and warm weather. All chatter has been on the weather and continuous rain we have had. The final plant date for corn and soybeans is June 10th and the last day to report prevented planted acres to the FSA office is June […]

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage program.

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers […]

State Ag Department requests letters of interest from agricultural coops

Seeks new and existing agricultural coops interested in growing industrial hemp by June 6, 2019; accepting grower applications for fiber, grain and CBD to position the industry for 2020 growing season

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets today announced it is seeking letters of interest from agricultural cooperatives to participate in the State’s […]

Central New York farmers speak about importance of having viable farms and local job opportunities

Press conference held to highlight Senate events on Farm Labor Bill and the bill’s impacts

New York Farm Bureau members spoke today about the positive work happening on their farms to support their employees and the need to have a viable farm economy. They also voiced concerns about the expected financial impacts of the […]

Farm Fest 2019 planned for May 31

Oneida County Farm Bureau, Oneida County Dairy Promotion and Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County invite you all to visit a modern dairy farm at Farm Fest 2019.

Farm Fest will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, rain or shine at Brabant Farm, 6166 Happy Valley Road, Verona.

Guests will learn […]

Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board to meet in Albany April 23

In compliance with state Open Meetings Law, the Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board gives notice that it will conduct a meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

The meeting will be hosted at the state Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Laboratory, 1220 Washington Ave., Building 6, Albany.

Call-in information will be available […]

Public forum to discuss New York’s Chesapeake Bay pollution diet plan

Madison County is at the headwaters of The Susquehanna River Watershed which eventually drains to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The Total Maximum Daily Load is essentially the projected nutrient load that the Chesapeake Bay can receive from numerous nutrient sources and still attain water quality standards for dissolved oxygen and clarity. Those nutrient […]