Through quality educational programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCE Dutchess) provides the framework and resources to enable farmers (new, beginning, small, and experienced) to develop sensible, realistic, and economically viable methodologies and practices using the latest scientific and proven production methods in the areas of: Production Best Management Practices, Integrated Pest Management, Agriculture Policy and Awareness (Agriculture Districts and Agricultural Value Assessment), Farm/Agri-business Development, and Profitability and Sustainability (Business and Marketing Plan Development). CCE Dutchess also educates and facilitates discussions with farmers, Municipal Officials and County Leaders about the importance of agriculture in Dutchess County.
As a Regional Navigator for Farmland for a New Generation New York, CCE Dutchess will assist farmers in evaluating potential farm properties via soil mapping and crop selection. Staff will offer one-on-one consultations to landowners, potential purchasers of farmland, and new and beginning farmers about lease agreements, production practices, and infrastructure needs. A workshop for realtors in Columbia County will offer information on agricultural properties, including soil types, mapping, and Agricultural Districts information.