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Agriculture

Mission:

To provide high quality educational programs that address the needs of local farmers, horticulturists, foresters and homeowners in Herkimer County.

Objectives:

  • Increase the competitiveness and profitability of commercial agricultural enterprises.
  • Encourage effective marketing strategies for agricultural products.
  • Provide clientele with the most recent information possible relating to their area of interest.
  • Promote the adoption of environmentally sound practices by producers and consumers alike.

The agricultural program of CCE Herkimer County is comprised of two main tracts. The first of these deals specifically with local issues which include consumer agriculture and horticulture, small livestock, natural resources and agricultural economic development.

Dairy farming remains the mainstay of agricultural production in Herkimer County.  According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, almost $58 million in sales are generated annually.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census data was released in April. The census is taken every five years.  Herkimer County’s data can be found at: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/CDQT/chapter/2/table/1/state/NY/county/043

The Herkimer County Summary report can be found at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/AgCensus/2017/Online_Resources/County_Profiles/New_York/cp36043.pdf

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The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team provides high quality educational programs that address the needs of commercial agricultural producers in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schoharie and Otsego counties. The team includes a Dairy Management Specialist, Livestock Specialist, Field Crops Specialist and a Farm Business Management Specialist. Educational activities provided by the Team to the agricultural community emphasize not only technical subject matter but also resource management and problem solving. Achieving profitability while meeting personal and business goals is stressed.

The CNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team site:  http://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/

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Cornell Small Farms Program

The Cornell Small Farms Program helps farmers get expert assistance to facilitate all phases of small farm business development, from initial growth to optimization and maturity.

The program is a joint effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Small Farms Quarterly is a newspaper for farmers, farm families, and anyone else interested in the quality of life that small farms provide. Its goals are to celebrate the Northeast region’s smaller farms, inspire and inform farm families and their supporters, help farmers share expertise and opinions with each other, increase awareness of the benefits that small farms contribute to society, share important research, extension, and other resources.

The Small Farms Quarterly is compiled by the Cornell Small Farms Program, based at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The program fosters the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, health in rural communities, and the environment by encouraging small farms-focused research and extension programs.
Small Farms Quarterly is produced by Lee Newspapers, Inc, and is distributed four times a year as a special section of Country Folks.

A limited supply of Small Farms Quarterly is available in our office.  Pick up a copy during normal business hours. See the current and past issues online at http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/quarterly/

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Guide to Farming in New York State: This Guide is updated annually to provide answers to questions about taxes, business planning, labor law, zoning, regulations, marketing and many other topics that farmers need to know.

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Farm Family Assistance Project


This project is a unique partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Herkimer County, NY FarmNet, and Herkimer County Mental Health. The purpose of the collaboration has been to provide improved support and assistance to the Herkimer County farm community. For more information on FarmNet, click on the logo below or go to http://nyfarmnet.org/

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