This was submitted by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program:
The New York
State Senate Budget proposes including $500,000 for the Northern New York
Agricultural Development Program.
The program conducts research,
provides best management practices outreach and technical assistance projects in
the state’s six northernmost counties: Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis,
Franklin, Essex and Clinton.
“The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, the steering
committee of North Country farmers from across the region, and the farm
businesses we serve are pleased to see the Senate budget that recognizes
how critical agriculture is to the Northern New York economy and to the
state economy,” said program co-chair Jon Greenwood, a dairy farmer in
St. Lawrence County.
“The New York State Senate funding of the Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program has provided the means for farmers to access the
best academic and field research expertise to solve problems such as
alfalfa snout beetle, to develop new farm-based enterprises such as
bioenergy crops, and to enhance our agricultural environmental
stewardship through precision targeting of nutrients, fertilizer and
manure resources,” said program co-chair Joe Giroux, a dairy farmer in
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program received $500,000 in last year's approved Senate and state budgets.
New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie
recently announced the $5.2 billon "Grown in New York" plan designed to
strengthen the state’s agricultural industry by expanding markets for
New York-grown products.
Current projects focused on by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program include:
· boosting the dairy industry feed supply
· enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship with tile drainage,
· cold climate calf feeding and housing
· coping with diseases and pests such as brown root rot and alfalfa
snout beetle in field crops and leaf mold and leek moth in vegetable
· improving irrigation in NNY apple orchards, and developing amelanchier as a new berry crop for NNY
· increasing maple sap yields
· developing bioenergy crops, and
· controlling parasites in NNY sheep flocks and goat herds.
The Northern New York agricultural industry contributes nearly $600
million in farm product market value to the local economy and has a
local payroll of approximately $53 million.
Go to www.nnyagdev.org for more information on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.