USDA designates Massachusetts Counties as primary natural disaster areas

cn-mr-19-1-usda-designates-maFarms in designated counties now eligible for financial assistance

BOSTON, MA – Under a recent declaration made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 11 Massachusetts counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and three counties as contiguous natural disaster area counties due to crop losses, particularly of tree fruits like peaches, caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May. [Read more…]

Fonda Fair still focused on agriculture

ce-mr-5-fonda-fair405by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Montgomery County Agriculture Society Fonda Fair celebrated its 175th anniversary with this year’s event.

“Fonda Fair has increased it agricultural focus,” said Elma Phillips, of Dellavale Farm, where four generations have been dairying. “Some people are going into the niche markets with smaller animals; goats, sheep, pigs, and showing in those events.” [Read more…]

Cayuga County 4-H members participate in the 2016 NY State Fair

cw-ff-32-6-state-fair-youth1cThe New York State Fair Youth Hereford Beef Show and Youth Showmanship took place on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. We were thrilled to have one exhibitor participate in these events this year, as this has been a successful result of the revitalization of our local 4-H beef program. [Read more…]