Online Learning Community

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:21am -- Jean Davis

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

Beef Directory Launched for Northeast

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:52am -- Jean Davis

In consideration of the number of Northeast farmers selling their beef product directly to the public, and those consumers being especially interested in local sourcing of their food, the national beef checkoff has just launched the Northeast Beef Directory through a partnership with the Virginia Beef Industry Council.  This new website, includes robust educational resources that inform consumers about their options for choosing beef.

Annual Maple Weekends Starting March 18th

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:39pm -- Jean Davis

Maple Weekends will be on March 18-19 and March 25-26, 2017 from 10am-4pm each day presented by the New York State Maple Producers Association.  About 110 maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses for the public to see how maple syrup and other related products are made.  Maple weekends take place regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly for your visit.

Admission is FREE!  Come have fun and do some tasting at this family-oriented event. 

Cattaraugus County Youth Selected 1st Place Winner Farm Bureau Scholarship

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:36am -- Jean Davis

The first place winner of the 2017 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship is Carolyn Wright of Franklinville, NY.  She is a member of Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau in District 1 and will receive a $1,500 scholarship from New York Farm Bureau. Wright grew up on her family’s dairy farm and maple operation.  Recently, she was the Western New York Maple Ambassador where she spent the year promoting maple syrup. She has also been very active in FFA.

2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Are Now Open

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:07pm -- Jean Davis

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in partnership with the New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), is now accepting applications for projects to utilize up to $600,000 under the Specialty Crop Block Grant program through a competitive bid process.  The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

PRO-DAIRY Announces New Weekly Webinar Series Starting December 15th

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:18am -- Jean Davis

PRO-DAIRY in partnership with DAIRYBUSINESS & HOLSTEIN WORLD magazine has launched a new weekly webinar series each Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 pm EST. Registration is not required. Click on the Dairy Webinars section of PRO-DAIRY’s website to join. Each webinar is approved for one continuing education unit (CEU) from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).


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