Still time to register for the 2020 Central New York Dairy Day

The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team will be hosting the 2020 Dairy Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown.

The cost is $30, which includes a buffet lunch. Registration is required. Register online with a credit card […]

USDA/FSA news

FSA Can Help with On-Farm Propane Storage

Winter months in New York can be long and cold. For several years, farmers have faced propane storage shortages. Farm Service Agency’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program provides funding for on-farm liquified petroleum tanks.

FSFL low-interest financing can be used to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase […]

USDA reminds producers of Feb. 28 deadline for Conservation Reserve Program general signup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program 2020 general signup that there is less than two weeks before the enrollment deadline of Feb. 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- […]

57th annual Dairy Princess Pageant held in Liverpool

New spokesperson crowned for New York state dairy industry

Natalie Vernon from Wayne County was crowned 2020-21 New York State Dairy Princess Feb. 18 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Having served as the Wayne County Dairy Princess since spring of 2019, Vernon will devote an additional year to promoting milk and dairy products with American Dairy Association North […]

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 […]