Agricultural programs address the overall goals of the Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan, which serves to ensure that Otsego County remains home to viable agriculture in the future. Educators assist farms to remain viable and profitable businesses by providing comprehensive, research-based information in animal and natural resource husbandry, business planning and marketing, diversified farm products, and technical and financial support opportunities.
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Good Living and
Good Farming - Connecting People, Land and Communities
There are many long established invasive species in our region which also may cause problems such as Japanese knotweed or purple loosestrife. If one of them shows up in a new location such as a county resident’s property,
we can help.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a “go to” resource when it comes to questions about managing home, farm, business, and natural resource challenges. This is especially true when New Yorkers are faced with disaster. We are not the Red Cross, we are Cornell Red—we provide evidence-based information and education about disaster readiness and response, including
specialized expertise in agriculture and natural resources management.
Weather Event Preparedness - for virtually any extreme weather event, preparedness is key.
First Steps to Flood Recovery - a resource from Purdue EDEN, providing answers to specific questions about what to do.
New York Farmers Markets
Your firewood may be hiding deadly invasive pests that have already killed more than 50 million trees in neighboring states.
For questions or to report any invasives you find,
call toll-free 1-866-640-0652
for more information visit www.dec.ny.gov
WET SPRING INCREASES RISK OF BARN FIRES
CAUSED BY HOT, MOIST HAY
(PhysOrg.com) -- This year's unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that's wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news166206830.html
Cornell fact sheet: HOT HAY ALERT: Prevent Hay Fires on Your Farm
Livestock Pages (click on species)
New BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhea
) Fair Requirements for Cattle
Beef Links Poultry Links
Sheep/Goat Links Swine Links
Horse Links Small Animal Links
Animal Behavior & Handling Systems: Dr. Temple Grandin's webpage
Beginner Farmer Project
Biofuels and Renewable Energy Systems
Building Good Neighbor Relationships
Cornell Cooperative Extension Forest Connect
Cornell Small Farms Program
Custom Rates & Fees Guidelines from Franklin County (PDF Document)
Fuel Cost Estimator - Spreadsheet tool for calculating fuel cost
As farmers acquire land farther from the farm, the question of fuel use comes up. Does the cost of fuel make it economical to travel to distant fields? Using this calculator, you can type in your own variables (such as distance traveled, road speed, and diesel price) and get an estimate of fuel cost. This is a new, recently developed tool through CCE Lewis County.
Gas Exploration and Leasing on Private NY Land
Growing New Farmers
The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA)
NOFA-NY's 28th Annual
Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
NYCAMH & the ROPS Program
NY Farm Bureau
NY Office of USDA's NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service)
Portable Generator Use & Safety Fact Sheet
Safe Operation of Emergency Generators Fact Sheet
USDA Offers Agriculture Loans for Youth (ages 10-20)
FSA makes operating loans to individual rural youths to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations.
- Current Ag Weather Conditions
Updated hourly, and based on the National Weather Service hourly weather observations, this product provides the latest temperature, relative humidity and dew point conditions in your state. In addition, it includes statement concerning currently spraying conditions, livestock heat and cold stress.
- National Climate Map Carousel
- NY EDEN - Flood Section
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The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative is a grass-roots coalition of producers, agricultural industry, and conservation groups with an interest in the sound conservation of private grazing lands. The goal of this newsletter is to increase awareness of grazing events around New York and in neighboring states, as well as to provide information that is useful on the farm. For more information on GLCI, check out the national GLCI website at www.glci.org. Information on the NYS GLCI can be obtained from GLCI Coordinator Karen Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that $1.5 million in federal funds are available for organic certification cost assistance in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. These funds will reimburse each eligible producer for up to 75 percent of its organic certification costs, not to exceed $750. To be eligible for reimbursement, an organic production operation must be located within one of the designated states, comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulation for organic production, and have received certification or update of certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agent during the period of Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.
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