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. The most recent initiatives in ag. economic development have included the adoption of a Farmland Protection Plan, the involvement of planners and administrators in forming the Mohawk Valley Agricultural Region, dedicated to attracting newcomers to farming in a seven county area, and the creation of a local group involved in garlic and herb farming.

Dairy farming remains the mainstay of agricultural production in Herkimer County, with $47 million in sales generated annually. The Central New York Dairy and Field Crops team provides high quality educational programs that address the needs of commercial agricultural producers in Chenango, Herkimer, Schoharie and Otsego counties. The team includes a dairy and livestock Specialist and a Field Crops 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 and Field Crops Team site:  http://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/

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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/

FarmNet

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