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.
Looking for someone to farm your land? Looking for some farmland?
In February 2019 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County (CCE-OC) was announced as one of 20 Regional Navigators as part of the Farmland for a New Generation New York, a partnership between American Farmland Trust – NY, the State of New York, agricultural land trusts, and agricultural support organizations across the state.
This program offers a statewide Resource Center with expert advisers and a website featuring training materials and listings of farmers in search of land as well as land available for farming. Farmland for a New Generation New York offers services to help farmland seekers – new farmers and younger generations of farm families – while supporting retiring farmers and other farmland owners in successfully transferring their farms. This statewide initiative includes:
• An online directory of available farm properties across New York and profiles of farmers in search of land
• Trainings, materials, and model documents to educate and support farmers and landowners
• Experienced staff who offer a first point of contact to navigate key topics tied to accessing and transferring farmland
• A pathway to find and access more technical expertise available to support farmers and landowners
Whether you are a landowner looking for a farmer to keep/put your land into agricultural production, or a farmer looking for some additional land this initiative can help! If you’re located in Oneida or Herkimer County, staff at CCE-OC can help! We will work with you to create a profile for your farmland, or for yourself as a farmer seeking land. Looking to lease your land to a farmer but don’t know the first place to start? Contact Bonnie Collins at email@example.com or (315)736-3394 104. Trainings will be conducted starting in fall 2019 focusing on leasing, financial planning, searching for and marketing land for agricultural use, and how to plan for the future.
If you’d like to list your land to connect with someone looking to farm, OR you are looking to create a profile so you can search for farmland, contact Bonnie Collins at (315) 736-3394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to meet! We can also help create template leases and offer other technical assistance! We look forward to working with you to help keep agriculture strong in Oneida and Herkimer County. For more information, see http://cceoneida.com/agriculture/ag-economic-development Find link in green box on right-hand side (Useful Resources).
Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team
The 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.
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/
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. You can find this at: http://franklin.cce.cornell.edu/agriculture Search on the 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. For more information on FarmNet, click on the logo below or go to http://nyfarmnet.org/
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