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4-H tractor safety and certification course to be held for youth 14 and 15 years old seeking employment on farms

Did you know that in New York State, farm employees must be 16 years old in order to be hired to operate farm equipment or machinery? Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2015 4-H Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year-olds interested in gaining employment on a farm.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.

NOPL NEWS: Hands-on with hypertufa

The LibraryFarm at Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero is hosting the event “Make at the LibraryFarm: Hypertufa!” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, a DIY program for adults.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

New York Farm Bureau delegates elect officers and state directors to the board

Delegates to the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) State annual meeting cast their ballots in Rochester to elect their representation on the Board of Directors. It culminated a three-day long meeting where resolutions were debated and voted on to set NYFB’s 2015 policy agenda.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

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Trees for Troops makes a stop at Critz Farm

Eight members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 met at Critz Farms in Cazenovia last week to help out with a cause that hits close to them — to provide Christmas trees to America’s military troops and their families during the holiday season.

Second farmer’s market coming to Cazenovia

Cazenovians love their local farmers market so much that they want it available more than once a month. So two local entrepreneurs have created a second farmers market that will host its inaugural market on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the showroom of Cazenovia Cutblock on Route 20 East.

DeWitt tree planting process a success

The town of DeWitt, in conjunction with Onondaga Earth Corps, Cornell Cooperative Extension, People In Action and residents and management of Springfield Garden Apartment Complex, joined forces to plant 22 trees along Caton Drive in DeWitt in mid-October.

Federal disaster loans available for small businesses

SBA announces loans available for recovery from two weather incidents

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in several counties in New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a result of two weather incidents.

Cazenovia receives nearly $10K in farmland protection grant funding

The town of Cazenovia recently was awarded $9,700 by the state agriculture department under a new program designed to help municipalities amend local regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations. The grant will assist Cazenovia as it works to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

Open Enrollment for Madison County Agricultural District is October 2014

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Series of four educational equine workshops to be held this October in Madison County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and partners, including the NYS Center for Equine Business Development, are pleased to announce registration is now open for its first ever October Equine Series.