Agriculture News
Steuben County
March 2022
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
Free COVID-19 Test Kits and Masks!

We have COVID-19 Test Kits and KN95 Masks at our office that were given to us to distribute from Steuben County Public Health. Please contact us at 607-664-2300 or email if you would like us to put some aside for you. You can also stop into our office at the Steuben County Building Annex at 20 East Morris Street in Bath.
Are you a farmer impacted by flooding in the Summer of 2021? Two loans are available in Steuben County.

Notice has been given that Steuben and other counties were given a natural disaster designation for the flooding events that occurred in August 2021.

Click here to learn about EIDL SBA Loans at a 2% interest rate. Use the number 17224 0 for the number assigned to the disaster - Application Deadline is July 8, 2022.
SWNY Field Crops Congress
Cornell Cooperative Extension offers an eight part program for farmers ahead of the 2022 growing season.

Producing field crops in Southwest New York is an important sector of our agriculture industry. With 4,508 farms that operate on 641,205 acres, having up-to-date information to make informed decisions is important for our local farmers. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is pleased to bring a series of educational presentations to address these needs over eight sessions throughout March and early April. Producers of all shapes, sizes, and locations are encouraged to register or reach out to SWNYDLFC for more information by calling 716-640-0522.

March 21 - March 25, 2022 is Agricultural Literacy Week!

In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to elementary students. Around NYS, thousands of books were donated last year while tens of thousands of students participated in this event. Steuben County is participating! Our office will be reaching out to schools and libraries in February and early March to participate.

It's that time of year!
Soil Sample Tips and Tricks!

You are welcome to bring your dry soil samples to the CCE Steuben office to get your soil sent in to be tested by DairyOne.

When taking a soil sample it's important to follow these guidelines:
  • Establish a sampling schedule
  • Use the right tools
  • Sample at a proper depth based on tillage
  • Remember that commercial and home soil samples are different

Attention FLX Grape Growers -
Registration for B.E.V. NY is Open!

Tuesday, March 29 – Thursday, March 31, 2022

Time to put this year’s B.E.V. NY conference on your calendar and get signed up to attend! After a lot of conversation and consideration (and input from some of you as well), we have decided that we are going to hold this year’s conference as a fully virtual event again, as we did in 2021. And just like last year, your $100 registration fee allows you to “attend” as much or as little of the conference as you want. The “all you can eat buffet” for business, enology and viticulture information, or as we Norwegians would call it, a smorgasbord.

Ag Energy NY – A CCE Program for Farm Energy Efficiency

Would you like to save on your farm energy bills? There are many opportunities to reduce energy use through efficiency improvements that save labor, utility, and maintenance costs. Energy efficiency also helps buffer farms from volatile, high costs in energy market fluctuations. 

Ag Energy NY is a program by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, offering a smartphone-friendly website and factsheets describing farm energy efficiency technologies, techniques, and incentives. Ag Energy NY focuses on the following farm sectors: crops and vegetables, beef, swine, poultry, grain drying, maple, orchards, berries, and vineyards, while linking to existing resources for dairy and greenhouse operations.

After reviewing energy efficiency measures online, you can reach out to the Ag Energy NY team with questions and to connect with a NYSERDA FlexTech Consultant for farm-specific advising. NYSERDA offers no-cost, no-commitment energy assessments to help farmers prioritize areas for improvements and identify incentives to help with implementation. For more information, visit
Cornell Cooperative Extension shares information about the newly increased threat of an easily spreadable, highly deadly, reportable disease in poultry.

by Amy Barkley, Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program

Since the beginning of 2022, nearly 140 cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza have been identified in U.S. in the wild bird populations in New Hampshire, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, but the virus can easily spread to domestic poultry. This recently occurred on February 8th when the virus was discovered in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana. We are asking our poultry producers to keep eye out for suddenly high mortality and to be prepared to report any suspicious whole flock illness.
What is Avian Influenza (AI)?
Avian Influenza is a highly contagious poultry virus that has the potential to cause large financial losses to the U.S. poultry industry. A highly pathogenic strain (HPAI), H5N1, last hit the U.S. in 2014-2015, and was considered the nation’s largest animal health emergency. Over 200 cases of the disease were found in commercial flocks, backyard flocks, and wild birds. More than 50 million birds were affected and subsequently died or were euthanized on more than 200 farms in 15 states.
Where does it come from?
Waterfowl, both wild and domestic, act as carriers. Since the outbreak of 2014-2015, scientists have been monitoring wild bird populations, and waterfowl hunters send their harvested birds in for testing. Wild waterfowl regularly carry low-pathogenic strains of the virus, but it can easily mutate to a highly pathogenic strain, as we’ve seen this year.
If it’s been mainly identified in wild birds, and it’s not yet in NYS, why should I be concerned?
Wild birds follow one of four migratory routes. NYS is located in the Atlantic Flyway, which includes the states with current HPAI findings. It is anticipated that as birds migrate North in the spring, we’ll continue to see the cases in wild birds move with them. It also means that there is an increased potential for the virus to establish in poultry flocks along this route.

How does it spread?
HPAI lives in the respiratory and/or intestinal tract of birds. It can be picked up from contact with infected feces, surfaces, or through the air, though aerial transmission from farm to farm is unlikely. It can be transported on infected feed, clothing, or equipment. Once on the farm, the disease is readily passed from bird to bird, infecting an entire flock quickly.
Which flocks are affected?
Flocks of any size, from back yard to commercial, and any species can be affected.
Common symptoms:
Any birds can be affected, but birds other than waterfowl react most strongly to the virus. Poultry infected with HPAI may show one or more of the following symptoms:
·        Sudden death without clinical signs
·        Lack of energy and appetite
·        Decreased egg production or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
·        Swelling of head, comb, eyelid, wattles, and hocks
·        Purple discoloration of wattles, comb, and legs
·        Nasal discharge, coughing, and sneezing
·        Discoordination
·        Diarrhea

A high level of mortality without any clinical signs is known to be a hallmark of the virus. In some cases, expect 100% of the flock to die within a few days. Regardless of how the disease presents, a large portion of the birds in a flock will be affected. Waterfowl may carry the virus but not show symptoms.
What do I do if I think I have HPAI in my flock?
Report it! If your birds are sick or dying, it's important to report it immediately so that we can stop the spread to any other flocks. You can call:
What can I do to manage for it?
Because there is not a vaccine currently available in the U.S. for this disease, keeping it out through biosecurity is going to be the best course of action. The easy-to-follow biosecurity principles below can go a long way to keeping your birds safe from disease:
·        Establishing an "all-in, all-out" flock-management policy
·        Protecting against exposure to wild birds or water or ground contaminated by wild birds
·        Closing bird areas to nonessential personnel or vehicles
·        Providing employees with clean clothing and disinfection facilities and directions for their use
·        Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting equipment and vehicles (including tires and undercarriage) when entering or leaving the farm
·        Banning the borrowing or lending of equipment or vehicles
·        Banning visits to other poultry farms, exhibitions, fairs, and sales or swap meets (if visits must occur, direct workers to change footwear and clothing on their return)
·        Banning bringing birds in slaughter channels back to the farm
If you have any questions about this disease, please contact Amy Barkley at (716) 640-0844 or The information used to create this article is shared by the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

SWNYDLFC is a partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties. Their team includes Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522); Camila Lage, Dairy Management (607-422-6788); and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844). CCE is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.
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This virtual workshop is for anyone who works with dairy cattle. This program will cover how to identify lameness, what factors cause lameness, and practical strategies to avoid and mitigate lameness on your dairy. Register here.
Online Marketing Series
CCE Madison will be hosting an online Marketing Series with everything you need to boost your Ag Business! Katie Becker will be leading this series. Each class begins at 10am. Melissa Davis will be there to talk about how you can put what you learn from Katie into practice at our new Ag Business Center located at CCE Madison, 100 Eaton St. Morrisville.

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The Cornell Weed Ecology lab is conducting a survey on the most common weeds and the most difficult to manage weeds on dairy and field crop farms in New York State. If you grow corn, soy, hay, pasture, or small grains in New York State, please fill a 5-minute survey from the Cornell Weed Ecology Lab.
COVID has brought to light the inequities that exist in our rural communities that lack adequate broadband access. From attending CCE virtual events to virtual learning in our schools, and even adapting new technologies on farms, residents of SWNY have been left behind without this crucial resource. Let New York State know about your broadband needs and access by taking their “Advancing Broadband for New York” survey here. If you’d like a paper survey call 1-855-692-2627.
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 latest Dairy Market Watch here For those that get printed newsletters, it is included as an insert with each edition.


  • 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.