Organic

OrganicThe USDA organic regulations recognize four categories of organic products: crops, defined as a plant that is grown to be harvested as food, livestock feed, fiber, or used to add nutrients to the field. Livestock defined as animals that can be used for food or in the production of food, fiber, or feed. Processed Products defined as items that have been handled and packaged (i.e. chopped carrots) or combined, processed, and packaged (i.e. soup). Wild Crops defined as plants from a growing site that is not cultivated. In the Northern New York Region there are 89 organic dairy farms. Please see the links below for more information on organic operations and certifications and should you have further questions, contact a member of the regional team.

ORGANIC CATEGORIES




General Information from the USDA on Organic

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 31, 2016

List of Organic Certifiers by State

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 31, 2016

Northeast Organic Farming Association

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 31, 2016

NY Ag and Markets

Kelsey O'Shea, Agriculture Business Development
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 31, 2016

Cornell NY Organic Dairy Program's resource page

Last Modified: April 21, 2016

IPM for Organic Dairies

Ron Kuck, Livestock Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 20, 2016

USDA Guide for Organic Crop Producers

Bill Verbeten, Field Crops
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: February 12, 2015
USDA Guide for Organic Crop Producers

Thinking about transitioning some acres to organic production? Already an organic crop farmer and need to review some information? Check out the USDA Guide for Organic Crop Producers in the PDF below.



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Upcoming Events

26th Annual North Country Crop Congress

February 4, 2022
February 11, 2022

The 26th Annual North Country Crop Congress will be February 4 and the 11th,2022 and begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m Agricultural experts will discuss the latest crop production technologies and agronomic research that will affect many farms in the region.  This event will be hosted online as a live event via ZOOM.

Back to the Basics: Poultry 101

February 24, 2022

Join us and learn about the basics of poultry! Topics include:

  • Everything needed to start your own backyard flock
  • Meat & egg-laying breeds
  • Meat processing
  • Marketing poultry products in New York

Click link below to Register...

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Announcements

Field Crop Weed Identification and Control Series 2022 | CALS

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell AgriTech and the School of Integrative Plant Science have organized a series of 6 webinars on weed identification and control to be offered on Wednesdays in 2022. They will occur from February 2nd to March 16th (except February 9th) from 12-1pm via Zoom.



STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ENCOURAGES THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY TO APPLY FOR

Grants of Up to $50,000 are Available for Eligible Small Businesses With Revenues of Up to $2.5 Million and Experiencing Financial Hardship Due to COVID-19 Department Hosting Webinar for Interested Businesses December 13, Join the Webinar Here.



The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world.

Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take precautions to stay safe and help prevent further spread of the disease. The key things to do are limit contact with other people and keep everything very clean. We've prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information that they can use right away. Here are this links to a printable resource for farms to use:
English COVID 19 Procedures
Spanish COVID 19 Procedures


To see a full list of other relevant resources, click here.




How to Manage COVID-19 Risk on Dairy Farms

Straightforward helpful steps to manage risk on dairy farms!  We are happy to help talk farms through these steps and develop risk management plans for protecting owners and team members. Reach out to Kelsey O'Shea via email kio3@cornell.edu for more information.



Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

Click here to get the updated information on our operations.


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