Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County's (CCE Oneida) Agricultural Team helps farmers, farm businesses, and aspiring entrepreneurs access authoritative information and develop their skills to succeed in an industry that may require hard work and significant risks but can also offer immense personal satisfaction. Agriculture plays an important role in Oneida County historically and continues to do so today. Beyond being the predominant land use throughout most of the county, Oneida County's diverse agricultural sector is a significant economic contributor through farm sales, cattle and calf sales, nursery and greenhouse sales, vegetable and fruit crops, and livestock. More recently, Oneida County has begun to flourish with innovative value-added and specialty products such as yogurts, jams, maple syrup, and cheeses. Agriculture in Oneida County drives indirect economic benefits as well, by supporting economic activity in commercial and industrial sectors that benefit from the presence of agriculture, and by providing a significant source of jobs and income.
As a Regional Navigator, CCE Oneida will conduct outreach to farmers and farmland owners in the county to inventory interest in finding or making farmland available. Staff will also offer workshops, webinars and direct services on diverse topics such as how to negotiate land leases and the benefits of keeping land in farming.