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 and create a toolkit of resources for Farmers of Color tailored exclusively to address access to capital, access to land (funding), access to education and training for minority farmers and other educational resources for minority farmers.
Capital Region, Columbia County, Hudson Valley, Dutchess County, Putnam County, Westchester County