The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted video profiles of five NNY dairy farms that were produced by and are posted with permission from the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYACC). Each of the profiled farms has participated with NNYADP research projects.
This Northern NY series of NYAAC videos made its debut at the 2019 New York State Fair. The farms featured in the videos are as follows. Click on the farm name to view the video:
- Murcrest Farm, Copenhagen, NY: young farmer Mark Murray shares his joy of returning to and now raising his children on the family farm started by his grandfather
- Sheland Dairy Farm, Belleville, NY, with co-owner Doug Shelmidine talking about farming as a rewarding life’s work and now farming with his brother and his two sons
- Milk Street Dairy, Tylerville, NY: retired veterinarian John Ferry talks about keeping cows healthy and comfortable on his own dairy farm
- North Harbor Dairy, Sackets Harbor, NY: Nancy Robbins shares her story of marrying into a farm family and starting an agritourism business as part of the family dairy and crop farm.
- Wood Farms, Clayton, NY: Lyle Wood talks about the joy of working with family, how the farm honors his son Henry who loved the farm and died at age 10 of leukemia, and how Lyle stays optimistic and positive.
The NYAAC strives to enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture by engaging the public in conversations about animal agriculture and empowering farmers to tell their story firsthand. We thank them for sharing these profiles of Northern NY farms with the NNYADP.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven, high-priority agricultural research program. Projects focus on water quality, climate adaptability, whole farm nutrient balancing, and season extension research. Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Legislature and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.