Cattaraugus County EDPT is currently updating the Ag Trail Brochure, which will include all elements of the previous brochure, but now also include a Farm to Table Restaurants section. This section will include restaurants who clearly state on their website, Facebook, or pamphlet/menu that they use some locally sourced food. Cattaraugus County is also looking to add farm certification information to the Brochure. If applicable, this would simply be the addition of a certification number and organizational affiliation printed below your farm name. If you have certifications and are inter
Farmers Take Note: Environmental Conservation Law under: 6 NYCRR Part 360 – SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES requires that tires used to weigh-down silage bunk covers (among other uses) be either cut in half or have a “sufficient number of holes drilled in them to prevent water retention”.
A great time was had at the 2018 FNDinner. Mark Printz of Canticle Farm gave a great presentation on "What is CSA" and the benefits of buying products from local farmers.
Be sure to congratulate any of the awardees below.
Congratulations to Darin and Katie Hill of the Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau, winners of the New York Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award.
The Governor’s signature delivers a major priority for NY farms that are looking to access legal protections and reduce liability insurance costs for agri-tourism and equine businesses. Learn more about this at the New York Farm Bureau
Make Sure Your Farm or Ranch Counts! Sign-up before the end of June to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture survey later this year.
Your agricultural operation, large or small, is important to U.S. agriculture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts a census of all agricultural operations every five years as well as other agricultural surveys. They need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes.
Farm Credit East announced that it is currently taking applications for farm worker housing construction and improvement loans from the New York State Farm Worker Housing (FWH) Loan Program. These loans are available to New York agricultural producers, including fruit, vegetable and dairy operations. Agricultural producers may apply to borrow up to $100,000 per year for farm worker housing projects. An upfront, one-time fee is applied to cover administrative costs. There are no other fees or interest applied for the term of the loan.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced that eligible applicants can now apply for the $5 million New York State Grown & Certified Agricultural Producers’ Grant Program. Funded through the 2017-18 New York State Budget, the program is part of the Regional Economic Development Councils process. It was created to assist New York State agricultural producers meet food safety standards and join the New York State Grown & Certified program.
Farm operators in Cattaraugus County are encouraged to make sure they will receive a 2017 Agricultural Census report form before the end of this year. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Agricultural Census every five years, which is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation.
BE COUNTED - THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!
Western New York Beginning Farmers and Homesteaders Discussion Group
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program created the Western New York Beginning Farmers and Homesteaders group. This Group has continued to be successful and has created an online learning community which you may join by visiting www.facebook.com/groups/wnybfah.
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