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Agriculture represents an important economic sector in Essex County. Farms create direct economic benefits, provide our residents with fresh local foods, support other local businesses across many sectors, and preserve the rural character that our residents and visitors value so highly. Through Cornell Regional Agriculture Teams, CCE-Essex supports local agriculture by providing resources for farmers, and consumers, to help strengthen our local and regional food systems.

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NNY Regional Ag Team

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northern NY Agriculture Program serves farmers and rural land owners in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties in New York State.

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Cover Crops

This FREE class on December 6th will include a discussion on timings and strategies to work with cover crops, plus each farm receives a free copy of Growing Cover Crops Profitably.

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Learn how to better utilize the natural resources in your local forests and community with our agroforestry page

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Safe Snow Removal

Removal of large accumulations of snow from your barn roof is best done in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to you and to barn occupants.

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Christmas Trees

Thinking of growing Christmas trees? See our recommendations on soil preparation, planting, shearing, weed control, pests. and more.

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Pond Safety

Lack of close supervision, underestimating children's curiosity or overestimating their sense of judgment all contribute to young children drowning in farm ponds. Learn how to keep your pond safe, here.

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Linda Gillilland
Quality of Life Issue Leader, Horticulture
518-962-4810 ext.416

Last updated December 8, 2016