Small grants from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program support research, education and technical assistance to help Northern NY’s dairy farms be more efficient, sustainable, profitable, and good natural resource stewards.
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Note: Events and activities are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm dates and details. Please watch for pre-registration requests prior to event date.
Watch here for on-farm field days, farmer meetings and in-person opportunities to learn about NNYADP-funded research. In the meantime, click here for the latest research results from NNYADP projects.
January 17, 2020: 6:30-8:30 pm, Croghan
Beginner Maple School
International Maple Museum Centre, 9756 State Route 812, Croghan, NY, hosts program on basics for small and new maple producers. Instructor: Cornell University NYS Maple Specialist Stephen Childs.
Cost: $5 includes refreshments, materials. Youth 16 & younger: Free. Pre-registration encouraged: Michele Ledoux, 315-376-5270, email@example.com, www.ccelewis.org
January 18, 2020: 9 am start/all day, Croghan
Winter Maple School andNYS Grown and Certified Training
International Maple Museum Centre, 9756 State Route 812, Croghan, N.
Cost: $15/person pre-registration, $25 at door. Youth 16 and younger: $5/child. Lunch included.
Topics: Climate change/laws, maple tubing research, tapping for quality, Uihlein Maple Research Forest updates.
Registration: Michele Ledoux, 315-376-5270, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ccelewis.org
January 21 2020: 10:30am-3pm, Best Western, Canton, NY
January 22, 2020: 10am-3pm, Miner Institute, Chazy, NY
NORTH COUNTRY CROP CONGRESSES
Topics may include herbicide resistance management, soil compaction management, field crop disease update, corn silage variety trial 2019 report, Dicamba applicator training, conservation tillage practices. Register at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/cropcongressattendee2020-2_10512; 315-788-8450.
January 22, 2020: 10am-3pm, Lowville Elks Lodge, Lowville, NY
January 24, 2020: 10am-3pm, Watertown Elks Lodge, Watertown, NY
CCE DAIRY DAYS
Topics: Creative Feeding with Less Inventory, Labor Updates: Compliance and Management Strategies, North Country Research Updates, Keynote: Dairy Markets and Policy, Update on THE FARM Program 4.0, An International Perspective on Dairy Cattle Welfare, Animal Welfare on Your Farm
Cost: $10 paid pre-registration, $20 at door; lunch provided
Registration: Tatum Langworthy, email@example.com, 315-788-8450
NNYADP Johne’s Disease Survey in Sheep Flocks: Results Meetings for Small Ruminant Producers at 3 Locations
Tuesday, January 28, 7:00-8:30 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6064 State Route 22, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; register at 518-561-7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-8:30 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm Classroom, 2043 State Highway 68, Canton, N.Y.; register at 315-379-9192 x227 or email@example.com;
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 203 N. Hamilton Street, Watertown, N.Y.; register with 315-379-9192 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27, 2020, 6:30 pm, Canton, NY
Hay and Pasture School: “Forages for Grass-Fed Markets”
Registration/Information: 315-379-9192, http://stlawrence.cce.cornell.edu/
2020 Maple Weekends: March 21-22, 28-29, 2020
Visit sugarhouses throughout Northern New York (and NYS) to experience how real maple syrup is made and tastes! Open house events may include woods tours, syrup demonstrations, syrup and value-added maple products to purchase. More info: https://mapleweekend.nysmaple.com/
Research in support of agriculture in Northern New York is conducted on farms and at five agricultural research facilities in the region. Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) Co-Chair Jon Greenwood says, “Ideally, research should be conducted where the practical results of that research will be applied. The projects conducted under our growing conditions help farmers evaluate their potential to enhance yield, quality, and income opportunities for their particular management practices. NNYADP Co-Chair Joe Giroux says, “The research conducted at these Northern New York facilities and on farms offers the latest in production techniques and technology to help farmers maximize effort and income, meet consumer demand, and be good environmental stewards.”
The Northern New York agricultural industry encompasses New York State’s six northernmost counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. In August 2019, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s “A Profile of Agriculture in New York State,” states that “the north country consisting of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties, ranked second highest in agriculture sales out of all regions in 2017, the most recent data available, at $776.56 million.” (Watertown Daily Times, August 24, 2019)
Click here to see 2002-2017 Census of Agriculture data (see list below) for NNY’s six counties. This quick snapshot shows the scope and importance of the NNY regional agriculture sectors that are so critical to the local, regional, and state economies, and includes:
- more than 1.136 million acres of land in agricultural production
- more than 4,175 farms with more than 61.5% small farms of 179 acres or less
- a farm products market value that exceeds $776.5 million, an increase of more than 23.7 million over 2012 data and ranks 2nd of all NYS agricultural regions, 5 of the 6 NNY saw sales increases 2012-2017
- a farm employee payroll that adds more than $79.4 million to the NYS economy, an increase of more than 12.3 million over 2012 data
- 692 young farmers younger than 35 years old
- female farmers represent approximately 37% of producers by gender in 2017
- a steadily growing local foods industry with fresh and value-added products; farms raising beef locally increased by 112 farms 2012-2017
- a growing season extended through the use of high tunnel agriculture
- 66 community supported agriculture (CSA) farms; more than $26.8 million in organic product sales
- farms selling direct to consumers to meet consumer interest in local foods
- 408 maple farms and land resources that support the steady growth of the region’s $12+ million maple industry, an increase of 26 farms 2012-2017
- 81 honey farms with more than $440,000 in sales
- on-farm bioenergy opportunities in support of local renewable energy needs
- established and new businesses partnering with NNY farmers to grow & process grains and hemp
- a cold-hardy grapes industry with full-fledged distinct winery/wine agritourism regions in the 1000 Islands & Champlain Valley.
Agricultural education is well-represented throughout the NNY region with:
- 6 Cornell Cooperative Extension associations providing technical assistance and outreach in a variety of agricultural, horticultural, youth education and community life program areas
- 19 school districts offering agricultural education
- 15 FFA Chapters with more 675 student-members.
The link above to the NNY Census of Agriculture data summary includes data on:
Acres planted in corn (grain and silage)
Average Value Farm Sales (product, in dollars)
Average # of acres per farm
Berry Farms (farm numbers)
Cow Numbers: Beef
Cow Numbers: Dairy
Dairy Farms (numbers)
Farm distribution by size (acres)
Farm employee numbers
Farm employee payroll
Farm labor (unpaid numbers)
Farms raising beef (numbers)
Farm sales: Market Value (product, in millions)
Farms with honey sales (farm numbers/sales)
Farms with new and beginning producers: farm numbers, producer numbers
Harvested cropland (acres)
Land in berry production (acres)
Land in farms (acres)
Land in orchards (acres)
Land in vegetable production (acres)
Land Use Practices (% of farms, 2017)
Maple Farms (numbers)
Maple Production (gallons)
Orchards (farm numbers)
Organic Production (farm numbers)
Organic Production (product sales in millions)
Producer Profile by Gender
Vegetable Crop Value (in 1000s)
Vegetable Farms (numbers)
Top 10 Rankings for Sales: NNY has more than two dozen listings
Total farm product sales value
Young Farmer Numbers
NNY Regional Agriculture Profile: Ag Census data
What is the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program?
A farmer-driven small grants program funding high priority, cutting-edge research and technical assistance for all sectors of agriculture in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Nearly 100 farmers representing the diverse agricultural sectors in NNY and farm enterprises of all sizes identify needs and opportunities for projects that will produce practical, real-world results than benefit farms, agricultural businesses, and the communities of the six-county NNY region. Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Legislature and administered through the New York State Department of Agricultural and Markets.
What is the focus of Northern New York Agricultural Development Program projects?
In any given year, NNYADP projects span the diversity of farming enterprises in the region, from dairy, livestock and crops to fruits and vegetables, maple production, opportunities for season extension, and new and niche product development. Projects may focus on production efficiency, environmental stewardship, business planning/analysis, marketing, value-added enterprise, crop variety trials, and other critical efforts.
Who partners with the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program?
Click here to learn more
How long has the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program been at work for NNY farmers?
Click here to learn the NNYADP history
What do NNY’s farmers say about the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program?
“The NNYADP gives us real-life testing with our soils, our climate, and our shorter growing season. Farmers across the region look to the proactive research and survey work prioritized by their peers with the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program for the results and insights they can apply in a practical way on their farms and that strengthen the agricultural industries that support our communities — St. Lawrence County Dairy Farmer Jon Greenwood, Canton
“Installing tiles (as suggested by NNYADP research results) has saved me thousands of dollars in annual costs, improving the soil, reducing compaction, and making it easier to plant and harvest crops.” — St. Lawrence County farmer Kevin Acres
This NNYADP-driven research is “a way to develop an opportunity for extra income, extend our maple season. . . regional research is part of helping landowners discover untapped resources they may not be aware of or may be cutting down for firewood.” — Joy Herfurth, Brandy Brook Maple, Ellenburg Center
“The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program research and training has been very good for helping us cope with an increasing problem of alfalfa snout beetle in the Malone area. We plan to open our own nematode rearing business.” — Mary DeBeer, DeBeer Seeds & Spraying, Malone, May 2015. (This new enterprise opened in 2016.)
“NNYADP research continues work started by (NNYADP founder) Bob Lucey that contributes to the prosperity of farms across Northern New York.” — Ev Thomas, retired agronomist, Miner Institute, Chazy
“The NNYADP research covers a lot of ground, literally, with test plots on operating farms across the six-county region. The research done here often serves as a sentinel alerting regional farmers to new field and livestock challenges, first-wave opportunities for management response, and control solution that may benefit farms in Northern New York and beyond.” — Clinton County Dairy Farmer Joe Giroux, Plattsburgh
“The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program combines the on-the-ground knowledge of regional farmers, the academic expertise of the best researchers from Cornell University, Miner Institute, SUNY and others. . . to meet needs and develop opportunities to grow the regional farming industry in practical, timely and sound ways.” — Jon Rulfs, dairy and orchard owner, Clinton County