Madison County is truly an agricultural county, where close to 45% of the county's land area is devoted to a variety of agricultural enterprises.
According to the 2012 Ag Census, there are 838 farms in Madison County. Average farm size is 224 acres, while median farm size is 105 acres. Agricultural product sales from these farms totaled $117,730,000. Seventy-four percent of those sales were from the dairy and livestock sectors, while crop sales accounted for 26%.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison County was founded in 1917 and has been offering research-based resources and education to our farming community, and addresses the overall goals of our local agriculture community since that time. Educators help farms to remain viable and profitable businesses by providing comprehensive, research-based information in animal and natural resource husbandry, business planning and marketing, diversified farm products, and technical and financial support opportunities. We connect clients with Cornell University faculty, Extension experts, and with other community agencies that also can provide information and support.
For more information and copies of the materials presented at our recent Dairy Farm Business Planning in Uncertain and Challenging Times workshop held on March 27, 2018, please read more.
Producers are always searching for a marketing avenue for their products. The real issue is that the buyers/consumers are looking to purchase a consistent product, not just a product. Please come join Ashley McFarland, the Livestock Specialist.
Cornell Cooperative Extension works with beginning farmers as well as established farm businesses. We reference many of the planning materials on the Cornell Beginning Farmers website.
Farm Safety is a priority for us. Visit our Farm Safety page for more information and resources.
Our region includes many privately owned forests, interspersed with family farms and small communities. The forests are comprised of valuable sawtimber-sized hardwoods mixed with maturing conifer plantations.
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Last updated March 28, 2018