July 9 Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.WHERE: 8335 Virgil Road, FabiusCOST: FreeRSVP: Please register in advance using our online registration form

Heifers are the foundation of a dairy enterprise, and raising replacements in confinement represents a significant investment for dairy producers. Grazing replacement heifers, whether on the home farm or by contracting […]

USDA offers producers options to re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts

Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd […]

Salka opposes Farm Labor Bill

Assemblyman John Salka

Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,Ref-Brookfield) issued the following statement on the proposed Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act:

This bill is, frankly, dangerous. The sponsors have given no thought to the damage the imposed workday and overtime rates will have on thousands of small family-owned farms across the state. These farms are […]

NRCS Herkimer-Madison-Oneida news

NRCS-NY Announces Application Cutoff Dates for NRCS Conservation Programs

New York Natural Resources Conservation Service announces July 19, 2019, as the application cutoff date for the General signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for Fiscal Year 2020.

Through the EQIP program, NRCS offers financial and technical assistance to participants to implement practices […]

Organic @Cornell Summer Field Day Series Announced

The Cornell Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team and New York Soil Health Initiative, in conjunction with NOFA-NY, have announced a free Organic @Cornell Summer Field Day Series. To register for any or all of the events, visit the NOFA NY website at nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days or call 315.988.4000.

The series’ programs are as follow:


Celebrity bartender event generosity multiplies

Presenting the Madison County Farm Bureau Board Members Darrell Griff (left) and Bailey Coon with a check from the evening’s event are Coal Yard Bar & Grill owners Bob (second from left) and Ruth Ann Stone and the NYS Fair Director & Celebrity Bartender for the evening, Troy Waffner.

The Coal Yard Bar & […]

Cornell Cooperative Extension news

Learning opportunities available in two webinars for farmers

NYSDOL’s Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs is hosting a series of short, interactive webinars for farms. Register with DIPA to learn and ask questions about several important topics.

The state Department of Labor’s DIPA is hosting free lunch time webinars for farmers. View and listen […]

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


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 […]