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 […]

USDA Announces Opening Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9, 2019

Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program began Dec. 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, 2020, and signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses […]

Onondaga County Farmer named to NYFB State Board

New York Farm Bureau’s 63rd State Annual Meeting was held Dec. 2 through 4 in Binghamton. It is where the organization’s public policy agenda for 2020 was made, individuals were recognized for their hard work and dedication to furthering agriculture, and persons are elected to help lead the organization into the future.

Onondaga County […]

Madison County Farm Bureau wins five awards at state annual meeting

Pictured from left are Madison County Farm Bureau members Greg Coon, Bailey Coon, Darrell Griff and Shawn Bossard, who attended the 2019 New York State Farm Bureau annual meeting held Dec. 2 through 4 in Binghamton.

Madison County Farm Bureau was presented with five County Awards of Excellence at the New York Farm Bureau […]

Labor law meetings Dec 18 and 19 and Jan. 14

We have added Fonda to the series of AG Labor Meetings being hosted in our region. If you haven’t already, please see the info below and register by following the link provided.

Labor Law Meetings

Cost: No Charge – RSVP prior to event

Date/Time

12/18/19 – 6-8 pm Farm Credit East Cooperstown12/19/19 – 1-3 […]

New York producers reminded to sign up for MFP by Dec. 6, 2019

Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits

USDA reminds producers in New York that the nationwide deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is Dec. 6, 2019. MFP payments are aimed at assisting […]