Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin county 2021 Cattle Camp. Dairy Camp will be held on June 12 and Beef Camp will be June 13 at the County Fairgrounds in Malone.

Free Horse Camp will be a little different this year but packed with instruction and fun.

In this time of social distancing and sometimes limited fresh produce in the grocery stores, there is an alternative, free means of supplementing any diet with delicious, free-range greens while enjoying the outdoors.

There are a variety of different tasks involved in working on a farm. Some of these tasks include handling animals, operating heavy equipment, and maintenance of buildings and machinery.

Have you ever heard a child ask “Does chocolate milk come from brown cows?” I know I have and, believe it or not, about seven percent of all American adults believe that brown cows produce chocolate milk. This percentage adds up to about 16.4 million people who are misinformed about somethin…

Today we have deviled eggs. This recipe can be used to make a quick snack, or an appetizer that is always a hit. Eggs are a great source of protein.

Coffee may very well be the world’s most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity. It’s certainly one of them. Twenty to twenty-five million families around the world make their living growing coffee. And, by most estimates, more than 2.25-billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide e…

HARRISBURG, PA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct the 2021 Maple Syrup Survey for the Northeast Region. The survey will collect information from approximately 1,600 Northeastern producers.

Cattle owners who are looking to expand their herd should consider a Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE), a quick and routine evaluation of a bull’s reproductive abilities done by a veterinarian prior to the breeding season.

ALBANY — Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh) announced that the Assembly budget proposal includes significant funding for agricultural programs that support farming communities and increase food security for all New Yorkers.

Across the North Country, the traditional sugar-making season is underway. Most northern New York maple syrup producers get busy tapping their trees in late February or early March, in preparation for the greatly-anticipated four to six weeks of sap flow generally expected to begin in mid- t…

While encouraging people to eat more fruits and vegetables, I always hear that people need to dip their veggies in something to make it taste better. Instead of using those store-bought dressings or dips that can be loaded in sodium, fat, and added sugars, I like to take a different route: h…

On Feb. 15 and 16, I competed for the title as New York State Dairy Princess. I interviewed with judges, took a written test about my knowledge of the dairy industry, wrote a speech that would be given at a farm meeting based on a prompt I was given, and finally gave an adult speech about an…

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers, so I was delighted when I came across this recipe. The bruschetta salad helps you reach your goal of making half your plate fruits and vegetables, and you can also boost your whole grain intake using whole grain croutons! Pair this salad with a he…

If you take a look back at dairy farmers of the past, a man dressed in overalls and a straw hat might come to mind, but as the times change people change with it.

Food Security. It’s a term we hear a lot these days. But defining food security can be difficult. There are literally hundreds of definitions and an even greater number of food security indicators. As defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ER…

One of the MyPlate recommendations is to make half of your grains whole grains, which we usually do by using whole wheat bread, brown rice, or whole wheat pasta as staple foods in our dishes. Another great way to add in some whole grain foods to your diet is through snacks! These baked torti…

In the weeks before Christmas, friends of a friend told me about a bobcat sighting they had, while hiking on a trail in southern Essex County. And, not long after that, a very dear friend of mine who lives in the same area sent me a couple of photographs she’d taken of a mound and scratch ma…

Happy New Year! As we begin the new year we tend to look back on the year we just had and oftentimes people tend to make New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions can range from a multitude of things such as getting in shape, trying something new and meeting new people. Although these resolu…

ARLINGTON, VA. — The end of 2020 is a little brighter for students from Iowa State University, St. George’s University, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Oklahoma State University, and South Central College as they take home scholarships for be…

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When I ask people what they think are the two cheapest, cleanest, safest, most environmentally friendly, and most reliable energy technologies available today, the answer I receive is almost always wind and solar. But the correct answers; conservation and efficiency; have nothing to do with …

A mistletoe is a flowering plant (angiosperm) which, although capable of growing independently, is almost always parasitic or, more specifically, partially or hemi-parasitic. Mistletoes grow on the branches of host trees and shrubs, sending out roots that tap into their hosts’ vascular syste…

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As the countdown to Christmas begins, we start to decorate our houses, do last minute shopping and of course our holiday baking! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all of the sweet treats. As you plan to bake your pies, cookies, candies and other goodies this season, I wou…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) by Dec. 11. This program provides direct relief to producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

The USDA recommends switching up the types of proteins you consume on a day to day basis. Today, we’re going to focus on black beans, an awesome plant protein that is packed full of fiber! This chili recipe is quick and easy to make, can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date, and will fill y…

Today is Small Business Saturday! Did you know that Small Business Saturday was created by American Express back in 2010 to support small businesses? By supporting small businesses, people like me and you can ensure that our beloved businesses in our own hometown stay open and flourish.

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They’ve been in the headlines since last December: Giant Murder Hornets Arrive in North America; Murder Hornet Nest Found in Washington State; A Sting that Can Kill.

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Did you know that the state fruit of New York is the apple? There are dozens of apple varieties in New York, which all provide a unique flavor.

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Looking for a sweet snack that doubles as a good source of fiber? This pumpkin pudding can fill you up without costing you too many calories. This snack is easy to make and tastes just like a pumpkin pie

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New York is the nation’s second-largest apple producing state. With more than 10 million trees, our roughly 600 commercial apple growers produce, on average, 29.5 million bushels of apples annually. And they grow more varieties than producers in any other state –– among them: McIntosh (the n…

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One of my favorite ways to prepare potatoes is to roast them. Roasting gives them a nice crispy texture on the outside, with a soft inside. The rosemary and salt combination provides a burst of flavor and will keep you wanting more.

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Are you looking for a dish that is balanced and covers the protein, vegetables, dairy and grains for a meal? Look no further. These stuffed peppers with turkey and vegetables provide lean protein, delicious vegetables, low-fat or fat-free cheese, and a whole grain.

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Couscous is an amazing option that counts towards the “grain” portion of your plate. You can find couscous in both whole wheat or refined forms, rice or pasta aisle.

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Do you love the fall weather as much as I do? With autumn here, it brings changing leaves, hot coffee, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin spice smells.

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According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, 37,227,000 Americans, of which 11,174,000 are children, are currently grappling with hunger. In other words, more than 11% of Americans are, at this moment, food insecure (lacking reliable access to a suf…

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Local 4-H member Adyson Miller, was recently crowned the 2020-21 New York state Guernsey princess at the New York Guernsey Golden Showcase held in Cortland.

Here in the North Country, our growing season is coming to its end. The first killing frosts have already hit the higher elevations, making it time to harvest all the tender plants and prepare vegetable garden beds for winter.

We’re always looking for new ways to prepare the same vegetables. These zesty orange carrots provide a colorful burst of flavor that will leave you craving more. The combination of honey, orange, and cinnamon makes for a delicious and nutritious side dish.

The Chateaugay Adventurers 4-H Club has been very busy over the course of this summer. Even though we have been apart, we still have been working hard on making sure we make the best of this year.