Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world. Our CCEMC Team has been very active in facilitating access to farmland in Madison County. We have two different departments in our Ag programming - production agriculture educator and ag economic development. We are also part of the Central New York Regional Team which includes specialists in Dairy, Field Crops, Livestock, and Farm Business Management. The synergy of our full CCEMC Team culminates in countless hours of work with farmers towards the common goal of access to farmland and the preservation of farming operations.
The mission of CCE of Madison is to improve the lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Specifically, the Ag Economic Development Program has a mission to maintain, develop, and promote a viable agricultural economy that benefits Madison County. Part of that is the priority to maintain an appropriate agricultural land base to support a viable agricultural economy in Madison County by assisting existing Madison County farmers and attracting and supporting new farmers. The Farmland for a New Generation program aligns directly with the mission and goal of the Agricultural Economic Development Program. The ability to have a “one stop shop” for the next generation to begin conceptualizing owning a farm is a perfect avenue to retain and promote our rural landscape.