Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.
To celebrate National Hemp History Week, all are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library community room at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, for a screening of “Bringing It Home,” an industrial hemp documentary that has sparked action on farming legalization and policy reform.
Town awarded Tree City USA status for 11th consecutive year
Representatives from the village and town of Manlius joined together last week to celebrate Arbor Day, recognize the 11th year the town of Manlius has been named a Tree City USA and show the importance of making the area a tree-friendly place to live by planting a serviceberry tree that was donated by the Manlius Lions Club.
The176th annual edition of the Madison County Fair will run July 9 through 12, and the 2015 theme is “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Plans are underway for some new exciting shows, contest, and surprises, along with the return of some old favorites.
Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road
The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.
The Fayetteville Village Board is looking into drafting a local law that would help decrease the white tail deer population within the village — and they're looking for interested citizens to help out.
Madison County Tourism, the county’s official tourism promotion agency, recently named Foothill Hops as the recipient of the 2015 Emily Marshall Champion of Tourism Award. The award was presented to Kate and Larry Fisher, owners and operators of Foothill Hops, during Madison County Tourism’s annual dinner on April 2 at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton.
Madison County Farm Bureau was pleased to donate over $3,600 to local FFA chapters to help defer the costs of attending the State FFA Convention in May at Morrisville State College. The recent donation was part of their commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping develop their potential for leadership and while preserving and protecting agriculture for future generations.
Impact on New York economy is $3.5 billion
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion. These results, according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, are another example of the incredible growth the industry has been seeing.
If you stop at Northern Onondaga’s Cicero Library between 3 and 7 p.m. any Tuesday afternoon from May 26 through Sept. 8, you’ll find something very special: artisans, local food producers and locally based farmers selling their wares on the library’s spacious property.
The town of DeWitt has received recognition as a 2015 Tree City USA community with a growth award from the Arbor Day Foundation at a ceremony in Albany on March 26.
Do you know a young woman residing in Madison County with a passion for the dairy industry? The Madison County Dairy Promotion Committee is currently preparing for the 2015 Madison County Dairy Princess Pageant which is set to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Madison County CCE Agriculture Center, 100 Eaton St., Morrisville. Any girl between the ages of 16 and 24 is eligible to participate with an interest in the dairy industry.
National Ag Week recognizes the abundant crops harvested by farmers all over the nation and the contributions they make to the economy. In New York alone, the agriculture industry recorded $5.68 billion in cash receipts in 2013, up more than $1 billion from 2010.
Willow Health and Wellness Center hosts Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K April 19
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by dashing through the dusty paths of local farmland, enjoying the view and the breeze? The Willow Health and Wellness Center is teaming up with CNY Solar Inc., Emmi and Sons and Reeves Farms for the Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K. The race takes place April 19 at Emmi and Sons on West Genesee Road in B’ville.
Agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to New York’s economy in 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent from 2007, according to a report released recently by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The state ranks in the top 10 nationwide for milk and other dairy production, as well as wine, apples, maple syrup and other products.