Agriculture News
Steuben County
December 2021
Dear Readers:
We've had a mild start to winter and I hope you all are comfortable and warm at home. Stay safe and have a happy holiday season!

Please read on for the newest happenings from CCE on agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources topics.

- Ariel Kirk, Agriculture Educator
Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Committee
Ed Merry
Chris Comstock
Allison Lavine
Gary Mahany
Cody Lafler
Kevin Costello
Joe Castrechino
Legislative Representatives
Hilda Lando
Fred Potter
Tax Management
for Beginning and Small Farm Businesses

Hosted by our Southwest Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team

January 18, 2022 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
A one-night virtual meeting for beginning and part-time farmers that provides useful tax information enabling participants to be make better tax decisions for their business.  Federal and state income taxes will be covered. Tax regulations specific to NYS will be covered as well. This course is part Cornell Cooperative Extension's Farmer Tax School offering courses designed to inform and empower farm managers to better understand their tax obligations, management strategies, and improve farm profitability. Register by January 13, 2022.
From our colleagues at the Central NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team:
Transition Cow Tuesdays

Free webinar series, Registration required.
Tuesdays until December 14, 2021 
12:30-1:00PM EDT

Have you…
  • been working with the farm transition cow program but want to know more about the how, what and why?
  • wanted to improve the transition cow performance of your herd but need to know where to start?
  • wanted to increase the skills you bring to the farm or your farm employer?
  • been wondering where you’ll find the time to attend a course or workshop?

If so, this webinar series is designed for you! The webinars are short, to the point, and just 30 minutes. Grab your lunch and join us. Generous sponsors have enabled us to offer this series free of charge. More information can be found on their website. One registration provides access to all the webinars in the series.
Topics include:
  • Transition Cow Nutrition
  • Feeding the Transition Cow
  • Selective Dry Cow Therapy
  • Facility Considerations
  • Calving Considerations
  • Post Calving Monitoring
  • Evaluating Transition Management
Are you a commercial cut flower grower in New York State? Cornell Cooperative Extension has created a cut flower grower listserv for you.

Join the listserv by filling out this form:

After talking with members of the NYS commercial cut flower community and learning about their lack of access to:
  • Cornell CALS & CCE experts,
  • Community-based knowledge and networking opportunities, and
  • Knowledge of new trends, research, workshops, events, etc., relevant to NYS commercial cut flower growers.

A small team from Cornell CALS & CCE has come together to develop this listserve, and a blog/archive, to help fill this gap.

Listserv members include commercial cut flower growers from all over NYS as well as Cornell faculty and extension experts.

So much knowledge is stored in our practices, let’s put that knowledge to use in strengthening the NYS cut flower community.

-Supported by Cornell CALS & CCE
Small Business Recovery Grant
Dear Readers,
Below is an invitation to an important webinar being held on 12/13 regarding available funds for small business grants. Please see below for details.

CCE Steuben has been invited to attend and share details of an upcoming webinar regarding the Small Business Recovery Grant.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and NYS Empire State Development covering the most recent program enhancements made to the pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant, see further details in the link provided below and materials attached.
The webinar will take place on December 13, 2021 at 11:00am.
The webinar will provide an overview of this grant, the level of funding available and how to apply for these funds. The webinar will be recorded and CCE Steuben will receive the link of the recording to share after the webinar broadcasts live.
For more information, read on:
-Jennifer C Trodden MS, CSP, Deputy Commissioner of NYSDAM
Virtual Corn Congress

January 5-6, 2022
10:00 am - Noon
Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension | Northwest NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program.

Both sessions will be held virtually on Zoom. DEC Recertification Credits and Certified Crop Advisor Credits Available.

Pre-registration will open in early December. More information available.
Opportunities to be Involved
African Swine Fever
Join Nancy Glazier, CCE Northeast regional team member and livestock educator, as well as Dr. Eireann Collins, DVM for a recorded webinar that was broadcast just a few days ago.

Dr. Collins, NYS Dept. of Ag. & Markets, provides an overview of the very contagious foreign animal disease impacting swine and the risks to NYS pork producers in a short presentation.

Recording of the Webinar below:

Making Jerky
and Canning Meat

Join CCE Nutrition Educator Diane Whitten in this 2+ hour recorded webinar on preserving meat safely.

Diane is one of the co-facilitators of the 3-day Master Food Preserver course periodically offered through regional CCE locations.
** Apologies! **

We hope to have this recording available soon. It was not recorded in a manner accessible to all.

Thank you for your patience.
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Dear Readers,
Through this publication, CCE Steuben serves farmers, agribusinesses, and county residents of all ages interested in current agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources topics. You can contribute a logo and/or have space for a promotional message to reach the local agriculture community.
$120.00 for the entire 2022 year (12 editions)
$15.00 per month
Contact Anne at 607-664-2300 or email her here for more details.
USDA Announces November 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for November 2021, which are effective Nov. 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. 

Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans
FSA offers farm ownership and operating loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers, whether multi-generational, long-time or new to the industry, obtain financing needed to start, expand or maintain a family agricultural operation. FSA also offers emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters or quarantine. For many loan options, FSA sets aside funding for historically underserved producers, including veterans, beginning, women, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic farmers and ranchers
Interest rates for Operating and Ownership loans for November 2021 are as follows:

FSA also offers guaranteed loans through commercial lenders at rates set by those lenders.  

You can find out which of these loans may be right for you by using our Farm Loan Discovery Tool

Commodity and Storage Facility Loans
Additionally, FSA provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage facilities and purchase handling equipment and loans that provide interim financing to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are low. Funds for these loans are provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and are administered by FSA. 

Pandemic and Disaster Support
Due to recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant, USDA has extended the deadline for producers to apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision to Jan. 31, 2022. FSA will permit a second DSA for COVID-19 and a second DSA for natural disaster for those who had an initial COVID-19 DSA. Requests for a second DSA must be received no later than May 1, 2022.  
Last year, FSA broadened the use of the DSA, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date is moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to twelve months in the case of an annual operating loan. Any principal set-aside will continue to accrue interest until it is repaid. This will improve the borrower’s cashflow in the current production cycle. 

FSA also reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the year’s winter storms, drought, hurricanes and other natural disasters that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are prepared to deliver a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to agricultural producers and impacted communities. Many programs are available without an official disaster designation, including several risk management and disaster recovery options.

More Information
Producers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at or by contacting your local USDA Service Center.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
New York Beef Producers Association (NYBPA) Membership Special – JOIN NOW!

NYBPA today- we have a lot to offer! Your $50 membership dues will have you paid until 12/31/2022.

Our organization is made up of beef producers and beef enthusiasts across New York State committed to safe, wholesome, and nutritious beef supplied to our consumers. We emphasize on raising healthy animals and protecting the environment for future generations. We are dedicated to working together for the improvement of the beef industry.

Our purposes and goals:
*Encourage friendly exchange of ideas among members.
*Promote and protect the interests of beef producers in New York.
*Aid members in purchase, sale and breeding of quality cattle.
*Cooperate with Cornell Cooperative Extensions, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and other agencies.
*Affiliated with the NCBA.

* Encourage youth participation in the industry with our New York Junior Beef Producers Association, because they are the future to our industry.

 *We offer numerous educational and marketing activities and programs throughout the year including our annual meeting, winter conference, trade show and banquet, educational field days and clinics, Empire Farm Days, New York Farm Show, presentations and Hot Beef Sundaes, Western New York Farm Show, New York State Fair Beef Day, Annual Herd Builder Female Sale, Beef Expo Weekend, Beef Quality Assurance Program, fall feeder calf Sales and much more. We have beef promotions at fairs and community events.

*We also have informational and educational publications in our bimonthly newsletter- New York Beef Producer, Country Folks Beef Producer issues and our NYBPA Membership Directory with all paid members listed with locations and descriptions of farms and products or services offered.
*We have a junior association as well for youth, the future of the beef industry. Membership is $10/year/youth with a max of $25/family.

*Check out our web site for a list of events and for membership forms.

 If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Dackowsky at
2021 Corn silage overview

By Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin

For many farmers, the fall harvest has already ended. In this article, Joe Lawrence and Allison Kerwin brings an overview for 2021 Corn silage for NY and VT and remind us the importance of analyzing your own forages to understand opportunities and challenges as you begin to feed this year’s crop. Learn more about the study here .
Dear Readers,
Below is the press release for the upcoming Farmer Tax School sessions presented by our very own Katelyn Walley-Stoll with our SWDLFC team, as well as many other accomplished ag business professionals from across the state.

Please use this link to register, as the text images below
do not contain live links:
2021 Small Grains Performance Trials for NYS Now Available

The report includes Medina (soft white) and Erie (soft red) as the most recent varieties, in addition to 145 other varieties of soft white winter wheat, red winter wheat, winter malting barley, winter rye, spring oats, and spring malting barley. The data include grain yield, test weight, lodge score, head date, winter survival, height, pre-harvest sprouting, disease incidence, and DON concentration.

Read the report here:

Dear Readers,
FLFC is a collaborative effort between the regional CCE offices and their respective counties' visitor centers. You may have seen the logo or heard of the Agritourism Trail project in the last year or so. We are continually building and adding visitor information to the website at no cost to you. If you are interested in having your farm listed on the site, please complete the survey or reach out to Kevin Peterson, contact information below.

Did You Know?

Finger Lakes Farm Country is a regional agritourism program that combines agriculture and tourism to promote the abundance of agricultural resources in the southern Finger Lakes. Through a collaborative approach to marketing and promotion, the program creates a memorable brand for agritourism attractions and businesses in the area, while showcasing educational and recreational activities for visitors to the region.

In an effort to sustain local farms and create an environment for entrepreneurism, Finger Lakes Farm Country will promote the region’s abundant agritourism resources through a variety of marketing strategies. The Finger Lakes Farm Country region includes the counties of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates.

Interested in Joining?

if you have questions about Finger Lakes Farm Country please contact Kevin Peterson at or call 607-936-6544
Dairy Market Watch

Please access the Dairy Market Watch here . For those that get printed newsletters, it is included as an insert with each edition.

From the Cornell Small Farms Team:

We need your help in shaping the future of NYS food and farming. As part of our work on the VISION 2050 project, we are asking New York farmers to put forward their voices in developing this vision for NYS agriculture.

What do you want to see for the future of New York State’s food system by 2050? We invite you to participate in a statewide Farmer Survey to prioritize investments for the NYS food and farming system as we look towards building an equitable, resilient, profitable, and healthy future.

Results from this survey will contribute to creating VISION 2050, a project led by the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE). The Cornell Small Farms Program is a project partner working in collaboration with the Dyson School of Applied Economics at Cornell, faculty from Columbia University, Hartwick College, and SUNY Cobleskill.

“We are asking stakeholders, especially farmers, to identify barriers to be overcome and areas of opportunity and growth, so that we can encourage the adoption of a New York State strategic plan to strengthen agricultural development and our food system for the long term, inform policy, resources, and State programs and services,” CADE Executive Director Phoebe Schreiner said.
The survey represents the second phase of the stakeholder engagement process, built on the results of 17 focus groups which brought together a total of 90 stakeholders from all sectors of the NYS food system in a series of roundtable discussions. This project follows a similar course chartered by Food Solutions New England, who released a 2060 Food Vision produced by six partner states in 2014.

The Farmer Survey will take 15 minutes to complete and will close on December 31, 2021.

Our thanks,
The Cornell Small Farms Program Team
USDA Offers Funding to Reimburse Farms Transitioning to Organic Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $20 million to reimburse agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic and crop and livestock producers who are transitioning to organic for eligible expenses incurred during fiscal years 2020, 2021, and/or 2022. 

Read the full article here:

  • 6+ acres for lease for organic cultivation. Must have ag exemption. Call (607) 483-8758 between 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM, M – F.

  • Available For Rent: Steuben County SWCD has an Esch 10’ No-Till Drill for rent. Rates are $12-$25/acre based on number of acres planted. Delivery/pickup available. Please call (607)776-7398 ext.3 for more information.

  • Seeking conservation minded individual with interests in permaculture to rent 3-4 acre, gentle grade, southern exposure field for agricultural production in Steuben County, NY. Acceptable practices include organic vegetable production, small scale poultry, and organic greenhouse or high tunnel production. Other considerations will be determined by owner. Improved, uncultivated ground will require proper preparation for success. Currently no housing available on the property, but can be discussed with owner in the future. Contact CCE Steuben at (607)664-2574 for further information.

  • Attention Cattle Farmers: I have pasture/farmland for rent, 40-50 acres, reasonable rate. Located in Steuben County on State Rt. 63. Contact Marian Crawford at (585)728-5303.

  • Looking for a farmer interested in a lease agreement for approximately 40 - 50 acres in Howard at the intersection of CR69 and Dublin Road. Please call Bill at (484)794-1400 for more information.
Ariel Kirk, Agriculture Educator -