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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 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).