From the FSA Directors Desk

Acreage Reporting, Adjusted Gross Income Certification, Breaking New Ground

By Donna Purdy, County Executive Director

Happy spring; just a few housekeeping updates this month.

Maps for Acreage Reporting

Maps are now available at the Madison County FSA Office for acreage reporting purposes. Producers may pick them up any time during office hours. If you wish to […]

Chittenango Garden Club to meeting April 9, 2019

The Chittenango Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at the Sullivan Free Library’s Chittenango location community room.

Onondaga County Master Gardener Patricia Herrmann will present straw bale cardening.

For more information or to join the club, call Geri Bellotti at 315.263.4464.

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News from our elected representatives

Attorney General Letitia James announces $62.5 million in settlement credits for Spectrum customers

Attorney General Letitia James

Attorney General Letitia James announced that Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) has started to issue credits to New York consumers as required by Charter Communications, Inc.’s Dec. 17, 2018 settlement agreement. The settlement agreement resulted from an […]

SUNY Morrisville welcomes its 2019 lambs

Corey Hayes and his students pose with one of the college’s new lambs. Pictured from left are Lesley Aucter of Croghan, Tyler Gaines of Hoosick Falls, Corey Hayes of Munnsville, Sam Nason of Springville and Jarret Jacobs of Munnsville. (Photo by Allisa Coomey)

SUNY Morrisville welcomed its 2019 lambs, and they are getting a […]

USD outlines eligibility for 2019 supplemental coverage option regarding elections for agriculture risk coverage and price loss coverage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later.

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Brindisi, Joyce work across the aisle to support dairy farmers, strengthen and expand dairy workforce

Brindisi and Joyce work together to expand H2-A visa program to include dairy workers

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) introduced bipartisan legislation to help Upstate New York dairy farmers hire the workforce they need to run their farms and dairy operations efficiently. The Dairy and Sheep H-2A Visa Enhancement Act […]

State Department of Ag and Markets News

Horse owners should monitor horses for symptoms Confirmed cases of equine herpes virus Type 1 lead to quarantine at two horse stables

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is advising owners, boarders and riders to watch their horses closely for signs of equine herpes virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after several cases of the […]

Madison County woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

State Police arrested Ciara A. Neil, 35, of Morrisville, on eight counts of New York Agriculture and Markets Law §353: Animal Cruelty, a class A misdemeanor.

On Feb. 14, 2019, troopers charged Neil with failing to provide proper food and water to six chickens and two ducks.

The ducks were found deceased on her […]

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program, launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 […]

Livestock techniques hands-on workshop planned for three locations

Come join Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist with the Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, for a hands-on workshop focusing on management practices for livestock. She will be teaching participants the proper ways to administer vaccinations, ear tagging, ear notching, castration and proper restraint and safety while working with animals.

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Brindisi fights for dairy farmers, leads bipartisan effort to stop labeling non-dairy products as milk

Congressman Anthony Brindisi

Brindisi leads bipartisan group of freshman members asking FDA to crack down on milk imitators

As part of his work to help Upstate New York dairy farmers, Reps. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and John Joyce (PA-13) led a group of bipartisan freshman members of Congress to urge the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Gillibrand calls on USDA to fast-track Farm Bill implementation

Bill provides much-needed relief to dairy farmers, other producers across New York state as soon as possible

Gillibrand Successfully Secured Funding for Dairy Farmers in Last Year’s Farm Bill, Urges USDA to Expedite Payments to Put Money Back into the Pockets of New York Dairy Farmers Who Paid into a Failed System

After the […]