The agricultural assessment program allows eligible farmland owners to receive real property assessments based on the value of their land for agricultural production rather than on its development value.  Any assessed value which exceeds the equalized agricultural assessment on the land may qualify for a reduced tax assessment.

Landowners must apply through the local town assessor for an agricultural assessment. Further Information on Agricultural Districts can be found here, contact information for local assessors can be found here.

Do you qualify? Find out by visiting the Soil Group page, there you can find more information about the program and will be able to download a brochure. You may also call our office at 315-946-7200

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops, and maple trees, posing a severe threat to NYS forests and agriculture (more info). SLF’s preferred host plant, Tree-of-heaven (TOH), is already found in much of the state. SLF was first found in PA in 2014, and several populations have since been found in NYAgencies and conservation partners across the state are working to protect our state resources from these invasives, and we are requesting help from volunteers to complement these efforts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Register for the webinar below

Volunteers needed: SLF management actions are more effective and regions can better prepare for the impacts of this insect when new infestations are found early.

New York State is seeking volunteers like you to look for SLF and TOH in your area. You can supplement NYS efforts to prevent negative impacts from invasive species by knowing what to look for and how to report observations to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have identified 1km grid squares across the state where volunteer survey efforts would be most helpful. These may be close to known infestations, along major pathways, and/or near important commodities that could be harmed by SLF. Use the interactive map below to sign up for a grid square and survey one or two areas within that are publicly and safely accessible.

PathStone Corporation is currently accepting applications for their 2021 On-Farm Housing Grant

This program is a matching grant of up to $2000 to repair and upgrade existing farm labor housing. Examples of eligible repairs include, but are not limited to: bathrooms, plumbing, laundry facilities, recreation rooms, upgrading kitchens and appliances, heating, windows, ceilings, doors, and other major structural components.

Farm Owners must agree to provide $1 for every $1 provided by PathStone Corporation. This grant is available in Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston and Genesee counties. If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Susan Lerch at 585-261-1779 for an application.

Applications will be due March 1, 2021 and the work will need to be completed by May 21, 2021. Please help us spread the word as we want to assist as many farms as possible!

The program is limited to farmers and growers who own existing farm labor housing that is in need of repairs and upgrades that will have a direct impact on the safety and health of farmworkers.

Typical Examples
• Bathrooms and plumbing systems
• Kitchens and replacement of appliances
• Heating and insulation
• Interior walls, floors, and ceilings doors, windows, and other major structural components

Click here to download a brochure /2021-Farm-Housing-Grant/

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 20 online courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills.

  • Interactive 5 to 8-week courses connect you to the information and people you need to start a successful farm business or diversify your farm
  • Led by experienced educators and farmers
  • Most courses can be taken by people anywhere in the world (read the course description to check whether it is targeted to farming in the Northeastern U.S.)

There is a fee for the courses, however, the Cornell Small Farms Program offers partial scholarships, with funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, for military veterans to take our online courses. The courses, normally $250, will be offered to veterans for $125.

The course offerings and schedules can be viewed here. If you are eligible for a partial scholarship and would like to enroll, contact them here.

Registration is limited and will be offered first-come, first-served. Participants will be asked to complete a targeted survey at the end of the course as well as 6 months from completion, to determine the effect on their operation.

For more information click here.

The 2021 season of Project Feeder Watch has begun. Turn your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! Visit https://feederwatch.org/ to learn more and register.

You can also visit them on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectFeederWatch/

Honey bees play a vital role in New York State’s agriculture economy. Each year, thousands of bee colonies are used throughout the state to pollinate more than $300 million worth of agricultural crops such as apples, grapes, and pumpkins. New York is home to more than 60,000 of the bee colonies used each year, while additional colonies are shipped in from other regions of the country or even foreign countries to make up the remainder. The Department inspects bee colonies and monitors their movement to ensure that the state is protected from potential problems in its honey bee population. (NY AG and Markets)
For more information and best management practices visit:https://agriculture.ny.gov/plant-industry/honey-bee-health

Download a Reference Guide

Create a whimsical garden with woodland ferns, iris, white dogwood, conifers, and many other trees and shrubs offered at the District’s annual Forever Green Tree and Shrub Sale. By planting a row of conifer trees on the north and northwest sides of your property creates a wall against cold winter winds – saving you heating costs.

Locally grown bare-root stock is a great way to get started
at very reasonable prices. 

Blue Bird Boxes make great giftsWith over 60 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowering plants to choose you can choose from evergreen trees, deciduous trees and shrub, berry bushes, ground covers, woodland ferns, and other conservation packs and perennial flowers and erosion control seeds. There are also five different habitat boxes for birds and bats, tree tube kits, marking flags and fertilizer tablets to help establish and protect transplants, as well as barley straw rolls for pond management.

Products can be ordered by phone, through the mail, or through the online.

Start by visiting  https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/forever-green-sale/

A catalog with images and item descriptions can be found on the website along with a printable form that can be used to mail check payments.

Orders with payment, accepted through Friday,March 5th 2020. All major credit cards are accepted.

 

If you have questions about plant selection or would like someone to call you to place an order e-mail drew@Waynenyswcd.org

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