Friday, January 30, 2015

Small Livestock Parasite Workshop Set for Feb. 7 in Canton

There will be a parasite assessment, management training workshop fro m10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Feb. 7 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043 Route 68, Canton.

The program is for small livestock farmers to reduce and manage parasites that affect pastured sheep and goats.  

The cost is $30 per person; second person from same farm added for $10. Lunch, materials included. 

Preregistration is required by calling 379-9192 or emailing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Deadline Feb. 16 for Ag Society Foundation Grants

News from the New York State Agricultural Society:

The New York State Agricultural Society Foundation will be awarding a total of $10,000 in grants this spring to organizations across the state with a focus on “Building the Agriculture Intellect of Youth.” 

The Foundation will consider programs targeting youth – junior high age and older – that improve awareness of how agriculture works.

Founded in 2011, the organization is leveraging charitable contributions and partnership opportunities to support agricultural education, leadership development and industry recognition; the mission of the NYS Agricultural Society.  

“We want to continue to be a vehicle for action,” said Ann Noble Shephard, foundation chair. “Our goal is to plant seeds of influence today to help positively change the playing field for agriculture in the future. Partnering with non-profits in local communities to help spread the message is a tool that can be very effective.”

The new Foundation funded its first round of grants in 2014 — six grants, totaling $10,000 reached 266,000 people.

Applications for 2015 are due Feb. 16.  Details at: 

The Foundation plans to award grants of up to $2,500 and is most interested in supporting new activities in all parts of New York State. The focus for each grant year will change depending on current events and industry developments.

Maple Expo Saturday in Gouverneur

The 2015 Northern New York Maple Expo is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at Gouverneur High School.

The program is put on by Cornell Cooperative Extension and includes lunch and classes. The cost is $16.

The school is at 133 E. Barney St. For more information, call 379-9192.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Meeting About Ag District and Ag Value Assessment Feb. 2 in Mexico

From Oswego County Farm Bureau:

Oswego County Farm Bureau, as a part of their Coffeecake Meeting Series, will host a Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County discussion of the Agriculture District Review currently being done at 2 p.m. Monday Feb. 2 at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, 5828 Scenic Ave., Mexico.

All farms in the Oswego Count Ag District are reviewed every eight years and will have to be reauthorized for the district. This a very important component of every farm operation in the county. 

Also speaking at the meeting will be John DeHollander of the Oswego County Soil and Water District regarding Ag Value Assessment and how this program affects your property taxes. Take this opportunity to learn from the experts about the Ag District and Ag Value Assessment protections and how they affect your farm and farmland, whether you are farming it yourself or are renting land to another farm. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ritchie Re-Appointed Chair of Senate Ag Committee

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, has been re-appointed as chair of the state Senate Agriculture Committee.

She also was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees. 

“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” Ritchie said in a release. "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”

Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee chair in 2011, Ritchie has helped increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the governor's  recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY” — a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry — and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies.