Create a whimsical garden or conifer wind block – Order Now!

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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

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

Are you shopping for your Christmas tree this weekend? Buy NYS Grown and Certified

Be sure to visit a NYS Grown & Certified tree farm near you for a socially distanced and fun way to celebrate the season while supporting your local farm. Plus, with a #NYSCertified tree, you’ll know you’re buying a product grown with a focus on sustainability. New York State Grown & Certified is the first statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard. New York State Grown & Certified is open to New York producers who adhere to the best practices in safe food handling and environmental stewardship. It is currently available to New York State producers or processors of produce, dairy, eggs, beef, poultry, pork, shellfish, Christmas trees, maple, cut flowers, craft beverage ingredients, wine, spirits, beer and cider.

NYS Grown and Certified producers in Wayne County:

Brick Church Farms
Brian Hotto
5502 S. Geneva Rd
SodusNY 14551
315-483-9876 Get directions
Franke Farms
4514 Eddy Ridge Rd
MarionNY 14505
315-986-1349 Get directions

For a full list of growers of New York-grown Christmas tree vendor nearest to you, visit

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program CFAP 2 applications through Dec 11

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Applications will be accepted through December 11, 2020

CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture, and more. All eligible commodities, payment rates, and calculations can be found on CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of the program (CFAP 1) and interested producers must complete a new application to be eligible for payment for CFAP 2.

Application Options

Producers have several options for applying to the CFAP 2 program by the Dec. 11 deadline:

Using an online portal at This allows producers with secure USDA login credentials, known as eAuthentication, to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center. Completing the application form using our CFAP 2 Application Generator and Payment Calculator found at This Excel workbook allows customers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center.

Downloading the AD-3117 application form from and manually completing the form to submit to the local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically, or by hand delivery to an office dropbox. In some limited cases, the office may be open for in-person business by appointment. Visit to check the status of your local office.

USDA Service Centers can also work with producers to complete and securely transmit digitally-signed applications through two commercially available tools: Box and OneSpan. Producers who are interested in digitally signing their applications should notify their local FSA office when calling to discuss the CFAP 2 application process. You can learn more about these solutions at

Producers of commodities with payments based on acreage will use acreage and yield information provided by FSA through the annual acreage reporting process. Producers have the option to complete their application by working directly with their local FSA office or online through the CFAP 2 Application Portal.

For more information visit

Don’t Be Confused by Spotted Lanternfly Look-alikes this Fall (NYSDEC)

NYS DEC’s new spotted lanternfly look-alikes poster

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a pesky invasive pest that feeds on lots of important New York plants, such as apple trees and hops vines. With the recent finding of spotted lanternfly (SLF) on Staten Island, it’s never been more important for people to be on the lookout for this invasive insect. Since SLF spreads primarily through human activity, we really can make a difference.

A spotted lanternfly egg mass on the left, next to a gypsy moth egg mass on the right (Photo credit: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State Extension)

When you’re keeping a watchful eye, know that SLF can be confused with other common insects you might spot flying around this fall. This time of year, the eastern boxelder bug or even gypsy moth eggs may catch your eye. The NYS DEC SLF poster is here to help, with photos of SLF as well as some common look-alikes.

The eastern boxelder bug has black and red markings similar to those of an invasive spotted lanternfly nymph, but the elongated body and red eyes of the eastern boxelder bug help set it apart from SLF. You might find eastern boxelder bugs lounging in sunny spots or even in your home but not to worry – unlike spotted lanternfly they’re harmless.

With high rates of gypsy moth infestation in New York this year, you’re more likely to see their eggs than SLF eggs but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on the lookout. If you find an egg mass remember, spotted lanternfly eggs look a bit like mud that has dried and cracked. You can find SLF eggs just about anywhere including on firewood, trees, or even cars. Gypsy moth eggs, on the other hand, are lighter in color and fuzzy in texture. You’ll spot gypsy moth eggs on trees, firewood, or piles of rocks, but not on household items like SLF egg masses

Everyone can help protect New York?s agriculture by keeping an eye out for spotted lanternfly. Be sure to download the new NYS DEC’s SLF poster to help your friends and family know what to look for. If you believe you’ve seen the invasive spotted lanternfly, please send a photo and the location to

NYS Ag and Markets Announce NYS Grown & Certified scavenger hunt

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets announced the 1st annual NYS Grown & Certified scavenger hunt! Find the #NYSCertified seal on a product at your local grocery store, farmers’ market, or Taste NY market, email them a photo of the product – and they will send you a NYS Grown & Certified hat so you can let everyone know that you care about shopping for local, sustainable NY foods!

Here are the rules

1. Visit your local grocery store, farmers’ market, or Taste NY market.
2. Look for the NYS Grown & Certified seal on a product (hint, check produce, and dairy items).
3. Take a picture of the product showing the seal.
4. Email the photo and the store name and location to
5. The first 20 entries will receive a NYS Grown & Certified hat! (They will email you back to ask for a shipping address.)

On your marks, get set…hunt!

Are you located in an Ag District? Do you need a Soil Group Worksheet?

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

Agritourism businesses – New York State Fall Season Guidance Issued

Long Acre Farms, Macedon – for a complete list of area Mazes visit Wayne County Tourism

The State has issued new guidance for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. The businesses, which include corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses, are considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment and are permitted to operate under New York’s NY Forward guidance. New Yorkers can also visit the State’s farmers’ markets and craft beverage trails, which have remained open under State guidance, supporting agriculture and tourism in the state.

Guidance from Ag & Markets Available Here

“New York State’s amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely,” Governor Cuomo said. “The new guidance announced today will ensure that these businesses can open to the public, allowing families to enjoy their favorite fall activities while providing a boost for our farming communities and local economies.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “As one of the nation’s top agricultural states, New York traditionally comes together in the fall to celebrate the harvest—from apples to grapes to pumpkins. This year, while things may not look exactly the same on your favorite farm, I am happy to say we can still celebrate agriculture’s bounty and the many family-friendly activities that go with it. With this new guidance, we hope New Yorkers will be able to enjoy some of the best of New York agriculture in a safe and socially distanced manner.” 

The businesses that can reopen are subject to Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment and Public Transportation guidance. Guidance includes, but is not limited to:

Corn Mazes – permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

·         Reduced capacity

·         Face coverings required

·         Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

 Hayrides – permitted consistent with Public Transportation guidance and the following conditions:

·         Mandatory face coverings

·         Social distance required between individuals/parties

·         Frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, cleaned and sanitized between rides


Pick-Your-Own Fruit/Vegetables Operations – permitted consistent with Low Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

·         Reduced capacity

·         Face coverings required

·         Social distance maintained between individuals/parties.


Haunted Houses – permitted consistent with Low Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

·         Reduced capacity

·         Face coverings required

·         Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

 Petting zoos are not permitted.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a full slate of guidelines for the agricultural industry, including guidance for farmers’ markets and for its food and beverage producers. All guidance can be found at




Wayne County Youth Derby – Big Win for All

Young anglers Natalie Thomas, Cassandra Thomas, Jullian Thomas

LYONS, NY – The 22nd annual Wayne County Youth Derby wrapped up with the McDonald’s Awards ceremony held outside at the Sodus Point fire hall.  The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs manage the annual event. Ken Miller, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, assisted with the awards. Anglers fished in three separate tournaments in one and received prizes and awards for places 1-6.

As water quality improves in Wayne County, so does fishing opportunities. Fish are an excellent indicator of long-term effects and broad habitat conditions. For 2020 there were over 122 fish registered with the largest caught by Isabella Vuittonet, age 6 fishing the Erie Canal.

Fishing is also a wholesome outdoor activity that many families can enjoy while building lasting memories. “For me, it was exciting to see so many young female anglers win awards,” said Maxine Appleby of WCSWCD, a former fishing charter captain herself. “I was introduced to fishing by my grandfather when I was five or six years old and still remember my first fish.”

Isabella with her winning Northern Pike

Noah Wazinski won the Merchant’s Challenge for the second year in a row.

There was a three-way tie in the Al Shultz Memorial Challenge (ages 4-7). Isabella Vuittonet, age 6, tied for first place with Natalie Thomas and Logan Smith. The Memorial Challenge is named for Al Shultz who died in a boating accident. Shultz gave countless hours to enrich youngsters in outdoor sports. “His unselfish dedication and professionalism have positively impacted hundreds of youngsters and given them memories for a lifetime,” said Federation president Gene Vandeusen as he announced the award winners. Donated tackle boxes were also awarded to Thomas Perrin, Joe Barnes, Andrew Patchett, Tobin Thomas and Payton Williamson for their participation.

Noah Wazinski, age 14 won the Merchant’s Challenge for the second year in a row. Noah successfully caught all five species—Perch, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike & Smallmouth Bass—for the grand prize.

In the Species Challenge, where the largest fish in any division is a winner, prizes and awards were given to places 1-6. The first-place winners were: Issiah Jarvis of Wolcott 6 oz. Largemouth Bass, Scott Barnes of North Rose with a 3lb 11oz. Smallmouth Bass, Isabella Vuittonet with a 6lb Northern Pike caught on the Erie Canal, Daisy Barnes for Perch and Noah Wazinski in the Walleye division.

Tripp Knapp, age 4 received the ‘Captain Larry’ award for the youngest angler. The award is named for Larry LaForce who passed away unexpectedly in 2018. Larry was an avid angler and a dedicated volunteer at the annual event.

Madison Knapp was surprised with the “ugliest fish” award for her 3.5lb bowfin. The bowfin is the sole living survivor of a group of fish whose fossil representatives date back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Bowfin are bimodal breathers which means they have the capacity to breathe both water and air which makes them an excellent indicator of environmental quality.

Thank you to the donors, without whose support the tournament could not happen. Here is a list of donors for this year’s event:
Nancy Wilkes and McDonald’s of Wayne County, Patons Sodus Market,  PJ Unisex Salon, Lyons National Bank, Sodus Rotary, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Sodus Point Pit Stop, Martin’s Tideside Marine, Ashley Insurance, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Fishin Magician Charters, Humbert Farms, KC Baily Orchards, Farm Bureau of Wayne County, Dobbin’s Drugs, Ely & Leene Insurance,  Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Fowler’s Marina, Key’s Energy, Krenzer Marine, the Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Davenport’s Bait and Livery, Bay Bridge Bait, Palmyra Country Max, Ontario Country Max, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs and Sodus Bay Sportsman Club.

A complete list of award winners can be viewed at


Statement From Commissioner Ball regarding unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China

New York Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Ball warns about mysterious seeds sent from China

“Our office has received questions from a few New Yorkers who have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry (or other items) but which actually contain plant seeds. Similar packages have been received in other states and the United States Department of Agriculture is investigating. People who receive seeds should not plant or handle the seeds. They should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access and email USDA immediately at for instructions. Seeds imported into the United States are rigorously tested to ensure quality and prevent the introduction of invasive species, insects, and diseases. We will continue to monitor this issue and will pass along guidance as it is received from USDA.”

*Note to newsrooms: Please advise consumers to email USDA with their full names and telephone numbers, pictures of the package and any other relevant information. 

NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for Farms – Webinars Planned

Business Safety Plans Required For All Farms

Cornell Cooperative Extension Webinar Series on developing safety plans for compliance and to reduce liability risk

NY Forward Safety Plan Webinar Series Flyer

New York State requires businesses to have a specific business safety plan in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all farms, both food and non-food producing. In addition, a well-written and executed business safety plan will help reduce business liability risk during and after the pandemic. A Cornell Task Force recently developed materials to directly support farms in the plan writing process.

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development are offering a “NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support” webinar series with specialized webinars for Dairy/Livestock/Crop Farms, Fruit/Vegetable Farms, Retail Farms, Equine Farms and Greenhouse/Landscaping/Ornamental Farms.

The webinars, led by Extension specialists, will walk farmers through the need for and process to complete a safety plan as is required by all businesses for compliance with NY Forward, demonstrate project tools developed by Extension to write and complete a plan, share curated resources for specific industries


Registration is FREE and REQUIRED. The webinars will be recorded and the links will be posted.

For more information visit


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