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Mary Lou, Steve, Dan and Ben Durfee accept the 2018 Madison County Conservation Farm of the Year on behalf of their family, employees and community. (File photo)

By Steve Durfee

My family knows a little about how much farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

During the Dust Bowl, my grandparents Edson and […]

BQA Transportation Training

Where: 6096 State Highway 8, New Berlin When: Dec. 4, 2019 Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE, but please RSVP by November 29th.  Contact CCE Herkimer County: 315-866-7920 or register at the link at

Transportation Quality Assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. By using best practices, transporters can […]

After push, House passes animal cruelty legislation

Rep. Anthony Brindisi

Brindisi: Cracking down on animal abuse unites Democrats and Republicans; we need to give law enforcement tools they need to hold abusers accountable

Following a push by Congressman Anthony Brindisi, the House of Representatives passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act of 2019. Brindisi, a leader in the fight […]

Stockbridge Valley FFA alumni to host Peterson Farm Brothers

Have you heard? The Peterson Farm Brothers are coming to Stockbridge Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

The brothers will be presenting “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” an AgVocating success story. They will explain how they got started making the videos, where the videos have taken them and even perform some […]

Farmland for a New Generation news

Looking for land? Looking for someone to farm your land?

Join us for some engaging and informative training sessions this fall and winter. The following four programs will be be available across participating counties (in-person with guest speakers both live and virtually.), along with facilitated discussions and time for networking.

Farmland for a New […]

Sexual harassment train-the-trainer event planned at four locations

In January 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law that all employers be compliant in sexual harassment training for their employees. This includes all employers that have one or more employees at their farm or business. Each business should have had a policy in place and training completed by Oct. 9, 2019.

If you […]

SUNY Morrisville hosts Ag Day October 3

SUNY Morrisville celebrates agriculture during its annual Ag Day, Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Dairy Complex.

The event, free and open to the public, features hayrides, ice cream, an exhibition by the college’s Woods Sports Team, a corn activity, aquaculture display, horses and a visit from the Madison […]

Senator Rachel May hosts roundtable on Farm to Institution infrastructure

Senator Rachel May

Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida), with the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, held a roundtable at SUNY Morrisville with leaders and stakeholders in New York’s agricultural industry.

The goal of the roundtable was to discuss a broader, more robust Farm to Institution program across New York state. Farm to Institution […]

New York fruit and vegetable farmers struggle with produce-pricing crisis

Gillibrand calls on USDA to investigate why prices paid to farmers aren’t keeping up with the market

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers in New York and across the country are receiving fair prices for their […]

Wood Products Development Council to meet in Syracuse

In compliance with the Open Meetings Law, the Wood Products Development Council gives notice that it will conduct a meeting on October 2, 2019 at 10 a.m.

The meeting will take place at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Room 408, Baker Lab, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse.


Chittenango Garden Club news

Regular meeting

October’s regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in the Sullivan Free Library’s Chittenango location community room. Featured speaker will be Rosanne Loparco, Oneida County master gardener, who will present “Color in your Garden.”

The public is welcome to attend

Those interested in joining the club are […]

Federal money for dairy and others, but you must act by Friday

Also, you may be able to increase your base

Federal payments that you are eligible to receive:

The deadline for the DMC (Dairy Margin Coverage) program is fast approaching. Signup ends on September 20th. This program has the potential to pay you up to nearly $20,000 dollars this year after premiums are paid. It […]