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While Dairy Farming dominates the agricultural landscape in Delaware County, other farm enterprises are a vital part of its heritage and future. These include the greenhouse/landscape nursery enterprises, vegetables, livestock and poultry, equine industry, field cash crops and fruits, timber, aquaculture, forestry products and maple production and many more. Extension Educator Janet Aldrich at jla14@cornell.edu or phone: 607-865-6531 works with producers through the following programs:

  • Programs to cover all issues of forest management for the forest owner.
  • Small Scale Farm Enterprises – a bi-monthly newsletter aimed at small farm enterprises and innovative farming methods.
  • Extension Connection’s Agriculture Section works to keep farmers abreast of grants, agricultural conferences, farming opportunities, and key issues affecting all farmers.
  • Farm Start-up Programs for new farmers wanting to start a non-dairy operation in the region or established farmers who want to diversity operations. It focuses on business planning and regional resources that can help new farmers succeed.
  • Workforce Trainings – multi-day schools designed to update the skills of commercial horticulturalists and livestock producers.
  • Targeted conferences in horticulture and livestock production.
  • Insect & Disease Diagnosis – Interface with Cornell Diagnostic Labs may be required.
  • Free pH Testing
  • Soil Testing for Nutrient Levels – sent to Dairy One (fee required).