We are in unprecedented times. Not only did we endure a global pandemic but Franklin County is lacking a Dairy Princess.

Believe it or not, ice cream has been around for a long time! It started out as flavored snow and iced drinks that were enjoyed by Alexander the Great and King Solomon. Over time, these tasty treats evolved into ice cream and until the 1800’s, ice cream was considered a rare and exotic desse…

Bruschetta is a simple to make yet delicious topping for whole grain bread or crackers. When preparing the tomato bruschetta, you can use a variety of ingredients that are fresh, dried, or even in a powder form. The topping is low calorie and helps you reach the goal of increasing your fruit…

Quesadillas are one of my favorite foods that I can incorporate into any meal or snack throughout the day. This vegetarian option will fill you right up with the fiber and protein, while being a low calorie, healthy choice. If you’re looking for something extra with the quesadilla, try a low…

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 provides financial assistance to giving producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible commodities include specialty crops, livestock, dairy, row crops, aquaculture, floriculture, nursery cro…

Happy Mother’s Day! As we celebrate our hard working mothers and everything they do, farmers get to celebrate with their cows as well. Did you know that all milk producing cows are moms? In order for a cow to start producing milk, she must give birth to a calf and just like humans, cows have…

Northern New York is often recognized as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We’re fortunate enough to call the Adirondack Park, Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the farms and forests of the northern tier home. World-class downhill and cross-country skiing, golf cour…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables out there. Cauliflower can make a good substitute for rice, mashed, potatoes, tator tots, and today, buffalo wings. This healthy vegetarian option can be as spicy as you like and it’s low in calori…

Are you looking for a healthy side dish loaded with fiber? Look no further. This three-bean salad is a delicious, and nutritious dish that might even get your children to eat their vegetables. Beans provide protein, carbohydrates, and lots of fiber without costing us too many calories. With …

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.