To provide high quality educational programs that address the needs of local farmers, horticulturists, foresters and homeowners in Herkimer County.
- 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.
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.
CCE Franklin County produces a useful guide in helping to determine what you should approximately be paying or charging. Reminder that this is an “estimate” or “guide” and not to be used as an established rate. Search on their side bar for “Custom Rates & Fees.”
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.
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