The South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Program provides educational opportunities and technical assistance to help the industry with emerging issues, production bottlenecks, and new technologies. Our primary audiences are dairy and field crop producers as well as agri-service providers with secondary audiences of the media, non-farm residents and consumers. We focus on areas that will help improve farm profitability within the region since farm financial success is a key to maintaining a viable dairy and field crops industry. Our program’s education helps our industry respond to both internal and external forces that help it keep pace in a rapidly changing world.
The dairy and field crops sector brings significant economic activity to the region ($411 M in milk income alone). Dollars produced from agriculture have one of the largest multiplier effects. Farms make a significant contribution to the local tax base and have been found in several cost of service studies to demand less in services than they pay in taxes compared to residences (1). Farms maintain open space which provides the community with beautiful landscapes and recreational land.
(1) Cost of Community Services Studies
American Farmland Trust; Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust; FIC Fact Sheet and Technical Memo; page(s) 6; 2010; National; Fact Sheets and Technical Memos Cost of Community Services Studies.
- Enhance the profitability of farmers to maintain a strong regional dairy industry
- Create greater awareness of trends and options to help producers achieve family and business goals
- Maintain environmentally responsible agricultural practices
- Encourage a better understanding of agriculture by the general community.
We work to help producers meet their goals and enhance dairy farm profitability to maintain a strong dairy industry in the region.
This program is supported by Cornell University and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Broome, Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Tioga & Tompkins Counties