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?
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How long has the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program been at work for NNY farmers?
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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