Agriculture News
June 2022

Image: Bath, NY Dairy Festival 2005; Wikimedia Commons/Marduk
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
June Dairy Month
Take time this June to recognize and celebrate our community's dairy farmers!
Image: Flickr/Creative Commons, USDA

Read more from Katelyn Walley-Stoll as she explains the positive impact Dairy Farming has on our region! Katelyn is a Farm Business Management Specialist with the CCE Southwest Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program.
Large-herd Automated Milking Survey Results By Progressive Dairy
To understand the motivation and evaluate risk factors of implementing automated milking in large dairies, a survey was conducted by Dr. Daniela Bruno, Dr. Camila Lage and Dr. Fernanda Ferreira at the University of California, and Dr. Marcia Endres at the University of Minnesota.

Of the approximately 100 farms with seven or more robots in the U.S., researchers directly contacted 55 farms and received 29 responses (53%) from farms across 11 states. These farms had seven to 36 milking robots and ranged from 400 to 2,200 cows milked by the automated milking system. They've been using automated milking from nine months to 15 years, with the median average use at almost four years.

Results from the survey are shown below. In addition, the researchers shared this summary: "Overall, producers reported that automated milking systems have met their expectations about improving animal production and welfare and labor reduction; moreover, they would recommend the technology to other farmers but emphasized that success depend on farm aspects, farmer expectations/mindset and dealer proximity/relationship."

"However, the economic aspect of the investment is not yet clear and would benefit from further investigation. Several factors affect profitability when the farm implements [automated milking], including milk production per cow, labor costs versus savings and life span of the equipment. Adoption of this technology is certainly not an easy decision, and farmers should take their time to explore the options, talk to fellow farmers and have a good plan before making the investment." 

To access the original article by Progressive Dairy click HERE.
Be Alert for Ticks
As warm weather finally arrives, we are increasingly spending more time in outdoor work or recreation. Increased time spent outdoors in areas ticks are prevalent, increases your risk of being bitten and potential transmission of tick-borne illnesses. Protect yourselves, be aware of ticks and check yourselves!

Image: Questing Black-Legged Tick, NYSIPM
Virtual Tick Information Session &
Q&A with Cornell Cooperative Extension
June 7, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Brought to you by Senator Anthony Palumbo

Tamson Yeh of Cornell Cooperative Extension will be giving this informative presentation. Participants will learn about protecting themselves and their landscapes, common tick myths, repellents, which ticks carry what diseases, and how to scout for ticks in their own landscapes. There will be a Q&A at the end.

The Zoom link for this event is:

Meeting ID: 943 9850 1448
Passcode: 972689

Welcome Katelyn Miller as the New Field Crops Specialist on our Regional Agriculture Team!
Katelyn Miller has been appointed Field Crop Specialist for the CCE South West NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops team effective June 1. Katelyn grew up in Cherry Creek, NY on a dairy farm and participated in the 4-H program in Chautauqua County as a youth. She attends Alfred State College with a major in Agricultural Entrepreneurship. Katelyn worked for Western NY Crop Management Association as a field scout and Conemill Dairy.

Visit the South West NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops website for updates and more information!
Sign Up To Be Counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture
June 30, 2022 is the last day to sign up for the 2022 Ag Census. If you have never received a census and are new to NASS surveys, sign up to be counted today. You do not need to sign up if you already receive NASS surveys.
Key Dates:
  • June 30, 2022 – sign up ends
  • November 2022 – census mails out
  • February 2023 – response deadline
  • Spring/summer 2024 – data release

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity.

Visit USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service - Census of Agriculture; Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture requests farmers sign up to be counted.
Seeking Participants for Pastured Broiler Cost of Production Study
Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program
Do you raise pastured broilers as a farm enterprise? Are you curious about your true costs of production and ways to improve efficiency? Want to know how your costs of production compare to farms across the state?

Our team was just awarded a grant to look at just that!
We are currently seeking participants in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben counties who grow slow growth or conventional broilers. Farmers will need to produce at least two batches of a minimum of 50 broilers annually over two consecutive years to be considered for the project. Farmers will be compensated for their time. We are looking for participants for 2022/2023 and 2023/2024.

If you're interested in learning more, reach out to Amy Barkley at or 716-640-0844.
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.
Summer Farmers' Market in the Gaffer District
There's nothing more central to the identity of the Southern Finger Lakes than fresh fruits and vegetables every harvest! That's why Riverfront Centennial Park comes alive for the annual Farmers' Market each summer!

Join us every Thursday between June 2, 2022, to October 27, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to discover why there's so much hype about the Finger Lakes! 

To register as a vendor in the Summer Farmers' Market, fill out the contact form available HERE.

To find more Farmers' Markets visit:
A Vital Component of New York

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Honey bees play a vital role in New York State's agriculture economy. Each year, thousands of bee colonies are used throughout the state to pollinate more than $300 million worth of agricultural crops such as apples, grapes, and pumpkins. New York is home to more than 60,000 of the bee colonies used each year, while additional colonies are shipped in from other regions of the country to make up the remainder. The Department inspects bee colonies and monitors their movement to ensure that the state is protected from potential problems in its honey bee population. To read more about Moving Honeybees: Ensuring Proper Inspection & Care and the Pollinator Protection Plan: Best Practices, Habitat Enhancement, and More, Click Here.
Required Registration of Apiaries:
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
As of December 23rd, 2021, all beekeepers in NYS are required to register with Ag and Markets and renew their registration annually regardless of if you are selling nucleus colonies or queens or not. It only takes a few minutes to do! After completing registration, you will get notifications of disease issues in your area. 

Grazing Small Ruminants to Avoid High Spring Parasite Loads

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program
Getting our sheep and goats out on pasture is something that we all look forward to this time of year. Having the animals outside makes it easier to get the barns cleaned and helps decrease our feed bills. Plus, there's nothing more serene than watching our charges walking in the lush green grass, heads down, thoroughly enjoying the buffet after a winter of stored forage.

At the same time, internal parasites that have been hibernating in the gut lining during the winter, including the infamous barber pole worm, the main cause of anemia in our sheep and goats, are starting to "wake up" and cause higher rates of clinical disease. They're also now reproducing, which means that we must be vigilant as we begin our pasture rotations, even this early in the season.
The barnyard or sacrifice lot is going to the most highly infected pasture this time of year. This is especially true if the animals have had access to it for months on end because eggs and infective larvae populations are building up. Unless your sacrifice lot has an impermeable surface, there's going to be forage growing either inside or around the perimeter. Our small ruminants think that these small shreds of green are delightful. This presents two issues. First, sheep feces, and subsequently worm eggs and larvae, are polluting this area. Second, these little bits of grass are so scarce that they will be eaten down to the ground. As many of us know, the closer a sheep or goat eats to the ground, the easier it is for them to pick up infective larvae. Therefore, it makes sense to move the animals from this area as soon as the pasture has enough forage (6" at a minimum) and is dry enough to accept them. It's also a good idea to disallow them access to this spot for 60 - 90 days to allow the high numbers of larvae to die off. If they need to access a barn through a sacrifice area, eliminating any green forage will help, as will fencing off a walking path to discourage them from consuming anything on their way to and from their pastures.

Move the animals to a pasture that has not been used in the past 60-90 days or will not be used for lambing/kidding unless there will be a 60-90 day rest period between when you put them out and when you expect lambing/kidding season to start. Lactating animals and nursing young are some of the most susceptible to parasitism because of their weakened immune systems.

Before letting the sheep or goats out to graze for the year, it may be tempting to deworm everyone to give them a clean slate. Research into parasite resistance indicates that this is not ideal. If a whole population of worms is treated only those resistant ones will survive and reproduce, leading to a resistant population. Instead, individuals should be checked for parasite loads through a FAMACHA test, which shows the state of anemia that an animal is in. For herds and flocks with under 50 animals, all should be evaluated. If over that number, 50 individuals representing the herd can provide a good measure. Those animals which show symptoms of anemia should be treated, while others can be left until the next evaluation, scheduled every 2 weeks. Once the selected number in a herd are treated, the whole group can be moved to a new pasture to prevent reinfestation. Moving forward, they should be moved every 4-6 days, which is the minimum time it takes for barber pole worm larvae to hatch.

Another rule of thumb that experts share is to continue using the same dewormer drug class that you've been using historically if it works for you. The transition back-and-forth between dewormers actually may cause an increase in resistance to multiple dewormer classes at the same time. This can result in lots of trouble down the road! Instead, use what works now with selective deworming to ensure that dewormers on your farm remain viable for years to come.

With these management tips in mind, we can move into a healthy, productive spring grazing season!
Internal Parasites in Small Ruminant IPM/FAMACHA© Workshop
Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County

5:30 to 8:30 pm
Friday, June 10, 2022

Host: Mahlon & Miriam Miller
The Shepherd’s Place 9887 Wesley Rd
Houghton, NY 14744

Who is this for?
  • Sheep producers
  • Goat producers
  • Those interested in sustainable internal parasite control and management strategies

What will you learn?
  • Know your parasites
  • Know your tools - management practices, prescribed grazing, animal selection
  • To worm or not to worm
  • FAMACHA scoring and 5-point checks (health exam)

Space is limited - preregistration is required!
Instruction led by: Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist, Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Team and Lynn Bliven, Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader
Cost: $35 which includes one FAMACHA© card, workshop, handouts and dinner for 1; additional $15 for second individual (workshop and dinner) from same farm/family.
Contact: Lynn Bliven 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email

Participants may pay at the door however pre-registration required by June 6, 2022 so we can ensure enough space, food and handouts.
In the interest of biosecurity, please wear clean clothes and shoes to the workshop and plan to change them prior to doing your own farm chores.
Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats and FAMACHA Certification Workshop
Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County, NY

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: 4-H Building, Chemung County Fairgrounds, 171 Fairview Drive, Horseheads, NY 14845

Instructors: Dr. Tatiana Luisa Stanton (Cornell Goat & Sheep Extension Specialist) & Janice Liotta (Dwight Bowman Parasitology Lab, CU)

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting sheep and goats in the Northeast. As a result, producers need to know how to best combat it. In this workshop, goat and sheep raisers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms. As part of this workshop we will also have a hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm) and 5 point check health exams to determine the need for de-worming.  We will also get hands-on practice identifying eggs from common internal parasites in fecal samples and doing fecal egg counts. You are encouraged to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets in a baggie from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop. We’ll be sure to provide some very wormy fecal samples as well.  In the interest of biosecurity, please wear clean clothes and shoes to the workshop and plan to change them prior to doing your own farm chores.


Option 1: $25 per farm or family (includes 1 FAMACHA guide, workshop, and lunch)

Option 2: $12 per farm or family (workshop and lunch only) Additional FAMACHA guides will also be available for purchase at the event

Option 3: FREE for 4-H youth (registration covered by Willman grant funds)

Register HERE

For questions or needing help to register, please contact:
Liz Alexander, Agriculture Resource Educator/Ag Development Specialist, Cornell Coop. Ext. of Chemung County, 607-734-4453 ext. 227
Swine Owner Survey on Transboundary Animal Disease Prevention

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program
The University of Vermont is inviting livestock farmers to a national-level survey on transboundary animal disease prevention, to gather behavioral attitudes that drive the adoption of biosecurity at the farm level.

The livestock industry is vulnerable to threats of an infectious outbreak of diseases, such as the foot-and-mouth disease and the African swine fever. These diseases are of a national and international threat to animal farming and have dire economic consequences. Decision making and human behavior at the farm level are at the heart of disease prevention, management and control.
The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete and to compensate for your time on a successful completion of the survey, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. 
Your participation is important!
Click here for the survey.
If you have any questions please contact Richmond Baye:
Richmond Silvanus Baye
PhD Candidate | Research Assistant
SDPEG | CDAE | University of Vermont
Phone: 802-310-7434
Dung Beetles Aid in Reducing Flies and Gastrointestinal Parasites in Pastures
Ken Wise, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University
Michael Baker, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University
Jaime Cummings, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University

Dung beetles are important insects for pasture ecology and soil health. They move manure into the soil, thus increasing organic matter, improving soil structure, increasing water infiltration and providing essential nutrients for grass growth. As the majority of cow/calf and stocker operations are pasture based, and with the increased interest in finishing beef on grass, and grass-based dairies, there has been renewed interest surrounding the importance of dung beetles in pasture ecology. There are hundreds of organisms that call a manure pat home. Some organisms are not beneficial, but many of them are. Dung beetles are in the Scarab beetle insect family, and are known for their digging abilities. Dung beetles exist everywhere there is fecal matter. The beetles are attracted by the smell, and can find a new cowpat within seconds. Dung beetle adults can fly, and, depending on the species, they fly at night and/or during the day. An interesting fact is that certain species of dung beetles prefer certain kinds of manure. There are about 90 species of dung beetles in North America. Read the rest of this article HERE.
Spring 2022 Fertility Considerations
Kirsten Workman and Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRODAIRY Education & Applied Research
Image: Pixabay/Creative Commons
Fertilizer prices continue to rise with no relief in immediate site. With a slowly warming spring that has seen snow and wet weather, manure applications in many locations have been delayed. As manure trucks and pumps start moving to relieve pressure on storages, and corn planting starts, keep a few of these resources and strategies in mind to maximize manure nutrients and minimize fertility costs in a challenging economic year. CLICK HERE to read the factsheet from DAIRYONE.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Launches Resource Website for Livestock Farmers
If you are looking for resources for producing and marketing livestock, then visit the NEW Cornell Cooperative Extension's Livestock Program Work Team website.

The CCE Livestock Program Work Team recognized New York livestock producers' needs to have a trustworthy central location for all things livestock and developed the website in response. The website is organized into themes based on species and information can be found on a variety of production topics including breeding and reproduction, nutrition, and health as well as marketing.

"Our goal is to continue adding resources and have it be the go-to place for workshops, trainings, and webinar recordings", states Nancy Glazier, Regional Small Farms/Livestock Specialist.

Dana M. Havas Ag Team Leader from CCE Cortland expressed "It is exciting to have extension livestock experts from all over the state working together to develop a robust and valuable collection of resources for our communities"

As the website grows we look forward to hearing how you use the website and invite you to tell us what you think by contacting the website administrator.

The CCE Livestock Program Work Team is comprised of educators working to build a collaborative network of experts and resources to foster the success of livestock farms across New York State. Find your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office HERE
Navigating, Valuing, and Negotiating Land Leases - Recorded Presentation Available
Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

As the cost of owning land rises, and farm profitability tightens, now's the time to evaluate the role that leased and rented land plays on our local farms - and our bottom lines.
Join Farm Business Management Specialist, Katelyn Walley-Stoll, to learn more about the considerations and resources that are available for evaluating and executing your land lease options. Watch the recorded presentation Here.

Katelyn Walley-Stoll at or 716-640-0522.
Funding for this event and scholarship support is provided by a Farmland for a New Generation New York grant. 
NY Farm Net Services: Always Free, Always Confidential
NY FarmNet is here to support farmers, farm families, agricultural service providers, veterinarians,
milk truck drivers, and others involved in the agricultural industry in New York State.
Call today 1-800-547-3276.

Reach out to them for business or personal consulting. 
Manure – A valuable nutrient asset
Kirsten Workman, Quirine Ketterings, Joe Lawrence, and Kitty O’Neil
PRODAIRY Education & Applied Research
Image: Flickr/Creative Commons
Manure is a valuable source of nutrients and soil-building organic matter. It is always important to manage manure nutrients to maximize availability for crops and minimize environmental losses, but that is especially true this spring as fertilizer prices have skyrocketed. Several strategies and practices can be used on the farm to realize the full value of those manure assets. READ MORE HERE.
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 money, labor, and maintenance costs. Energy efficiency also has co-benefits, buffering farms from high costs in energy market fluctuations and making it easier to transition to electric power and renewable energy.
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. Ag Energy NY is part of a broader NYSERDA program, Energy Best Practices in Agriculture, which also provides support for dairies and greenhouses.
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

Interested in finding out more? Click HERE to fill out the survey.

GAPs Online Training

  • June 8, 2022 – June 28, 2022
  • July 6, 2022 – July 26, 2022
  • September 7, 2022 – September 27, 2022
  • October 12, 2022 – November 1, 2022

Implementing Good Agricultural Practices is a 3-week web-based course intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Taking this course will not result in your farm being "GAPs Certified". GAPs certification is done by a third party (e.g. USDA, Primus, Global GAP) and involves the successful completion of an on-farm audit.

Class size is limited to 25 people on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of 10 participants must be registered for us to offer the course. Special arrangements can be made for large groups to ensure everyone is in the same class together. The course price is $225. 

To learn more about click here!
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.

Climate-Smart Farming Tools
Arthur DeGaetano, Kitty O’Neil, and Joe Lawrence; CALS PRODAIRY
Image: Rawpixel/Creative Commons
Year-to-year changes in the weather on the farm is nothing new and farmers are known for being in tune with the weather. However, with conditions changing so quickly and increased variations in weather conditions both within a growing season and from one year to the next, having quick and easy access to the most recent weather data and tools (websites) that can assist in applying these weather data to on-farm decisions is becoming more important. This is why Cornell’s Climate Smart Farming Program (CSF) Decision Tools (climatesmartfarming. org/) were created. READ MORE HERE.
Preparing and Marketing Eggs for Sale - A FREE Live Seminar for Veterans
June 2nd, 2022. 6pm – 7:30pm. Via virtual zoom webinar.

Do you have more eggs than you can handle?
Try selling them!

Keeping poultry for egg production is a common practice on many small farms. As we move into longer days, egg production will be ramping up, providing ample opportunities to sell eggs. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists as they share information on food safety, product quality, and regulations surrounding the production of table eggs from flocks of under 3,000 hens.

Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Specialists.

Contact: Kelly; 585-268-7644
Lorsban is Banned: How to Control Cabbage Maggot in Brassicas Now?
Christy Hoepting, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, and Brian Nault, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell AgriTech

Cabbage maggot (CM) feeds on brassica seedlings by tunneling into the stem of the plant just below the soil line (Fig. 1). Their feeding can result in unsightly and unmarketable produce in the case of root brassicas like turnips, and in stunting, reduced stand, and reduced yield in head and stem brassicas like cabbage and broccoli (Fig. 2). Lorsban and other formulations containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos were the first line of defense for control of cabbage maggot in several brassica crops, because 1) at ~$10 per acre, it was affordable, and 2) it was easy to apply and avoided worker exposure as a directed spray at the base of the plant

Lorsban is Banned in New York and Nationwide Unfortunately, Lorsban and all of its generic products for food and feed uses were banned in New York as of July 31, 2021, and in the United States as of February 28, 2022. For more information on the U.S. ban, click HERE. In the absence of Lorsban and other chlorpyrifos-containing insecticides, NY brassica growers have 6 products belonging to 4 chemical classes available to manage cabbage maggot (Table 1). Read the full article HERE.
Agroforestry Webinar Series
Steve Gabriel, Cornell Small Farms Program
Our Agroforestry project and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Program Work Team is again hosting a series of webinars this year, beginning in April. These webinars will feature expert speakers, highlighting the latest information and materials available.

Agroforestry describes a wide range of practices that integrate trees, forests, and agricultural production. These systems preserve and enhance woodland and tree landscapes and are an important solution to climate change and in developing healthy farm economics. Agroforestry is rooted in both indigenous knowledge from around the world and in the work of numerous individuals who have conducted research and engaged as practitioners over centuries to refine practices. 
The series is open to the general public for free. You can register online now, and need to only register once to receive links to all of these events. Also, each webinar will be recorded and posted to the Cornell Agroforestry website, hosted by the Cornell Small Farms Program, as well as the program’s YouTube channel.
Click HERE for full descriptions of each event. Each takes place at 3 p.m. ET. Register HERE.


June 28: Coppice Agroforestry Fundamentals
Many trees and shrubs don’t die when you cut them—they resprout! When done to rejuvenate the plant and yield wood products, tree hay, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services, and more, we call the practice coppicing. Learn the basics and how it can help transform farm landscapes in the region.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Announces Availability of Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program
Image: Flickr/Creative Commons
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation announced the launch of the revitalized Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. The new program allows state taxpayers who rehabilitate their historic barns to earn a credit against state income tax owed.

The amount of the tax credit is equal to 25% of the expenditures incurred to rehabilitate a historic barn. To qualify, a barn must have been built prior to 1946, and the work must be approved by the Division for Historic Preservation. Taxpayers can begin to claim the credit on their 2022 New York State taxes. 

Read the full article HERE.
Sweet Talk Maple Podcast:
Sweet Talk is Live
The Cornell Maple Program podcast, Sweet Talk: All Things Maple, is now live across all major listening platforms. Click HERE to access Links to listen on your favorite server, or listen on the web page.
Finger Lakes Farm Country has a new app! Visit Finger Lakes Farm Country to download it today!

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. From farm to table and market to stand, the Finger Lakes accommodates a wide array of agritourism interests. Home to one of the largest farmers markets in the state and some of the most scenic drives anywhere, Finger Lakes Farm Country is fertile ground for exploration.

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: or call 607-936-6544
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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
$15.00 per month
Contact Anne at 607-664-2300 or email her here for more details.
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.