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For me, November marks the gradual transition from the last days of the harvest season into winter. New Yorkers are certainly no strangers to the cold— we are a hearty bunch — and we recognize the earlier sunsets and gusty days as signs of the holiday season, when we turn to delicious, festive meals with friends and family to keep us warm and nourished.
As we turn the page on another bountiful harvest season and plan our Thanksgiving celebrations, I urge us all to take a moment to feel grateful for our hardworking agricultural community. I am proud to work alongside the one percent of the population that feeds the remaining 99 percent with delicious, high-quality foods and beverages.
This Thanksgiving, I encourage you and your families to help support farmers and producers across New York State by sourcing locally for your meal. Between community farmers’ markets, local farms, Taste NY Markets, and more, you can find everything you need for a complete Thanksgiving dinner brought to you from the hardworking farmers here in New York.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
Commissioner Richard Ball
𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 $𝟭𝟯 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿
Last month, Governor Kathy Hochul announced over $13 million was awarded through the State’s Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control program to protect clean water across New York State and help New York’s farmers continue their work to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The funding supports agricultural water quality conservation projects, which will benefit 50 farms, enhance water quality in priority watersheds, and protect the environment.
Funding has been awarded to 24 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts, on behalf of the farms, which will support on-farm environmental planning and the implementation of best management practice (BMP) systems to keep nutrients and other potential pollutants from entering waterways. BMPs include a variety of measures, including installing vegetative buffers along streams, planting cover crops, enhancing nutrient management through manure storage, and other conservation measures.
𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵
The Census of Agriculture is taking place this month! Every five years, the USDA takes a Census of Agriculture to update its complete count of America’s farms and the hardworking people who run them.
The census provides valuable information used at the local, state, and national levels to plan for the future and help ensure our country’s agricultural community receives the resources it needs. Participating helps inform decisions about policy, conservation programs, infrastructure, education, and more. It is also the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agricultural data for every county and state in the country. Make every voice count in the future of agriculture by participating in the census!
For more information on the Census of Agriculture, visit: nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻: 𝟭𝟵𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺
Registration for the 191st New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting and Forum opens today, November 1. The Forum will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Syracuse OnCenter and offers an opportunity for farmers and other key stakeholders to discuss some of the biggest issues facing the food system and natural resource industries.
At the Forum, Commissioner Ball will deliver the 2023 State of Agriculture Address and provide an update on New York State’s ongoing efforts to support New York farmers and agricultural businesses. For more information, a look at the agenda, and to register, please visit https://www.nysagsociety.org/
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 $𝟮𝟲 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗨𝗦𝗗𝗔’𝘀 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺
The Department has been awarded $25.8 million from the USDA through the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) program to purchase locally grown and produced food to support New York farmers, including those who have been traditionally underserved, and to distribute those goods to food insecure communities. Stay tuned for application details in the coming days.
In addition to the LFPA, the USDA awarded nearly $8 million to the New York State Education Department to provide schools with additional resources to purchase local foods and beverages to serve children during the school day through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.
𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗗𝘂𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟵
Reminder: The Department is encouraging members of New York’s agricultural community to submit written comments regarding the 2023 Federal Farm Bill. Comments may be submitted at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit written comment is December 19, 2022.
The Farm Bill is an omnibus, multi-year law that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. The most recent Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2018, expires at the beginning of 2023. With many important programs being funded by the Farm Bill, written comments from New York’s agricultural community will help shape the agricultural policies and programs that New York State will support in the 2023 Farm Bill, as will the public comments received at a series of listening sessions conducted over the summer.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗨𝗦𝗗𝗔’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻
Dairy producers can now enroll for 2023 coverage through USDA’s Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program. This important safety net mitigates some of the risks involved in dairy farming and helps producers manage changes in milk and feed prices.
Last year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency took steps to improve coverage for smaller dairies by offering a new Supplemental DMC program and updating its feed cost formula to better address retroactive, current, and future feed costs.
The Supplemental DMC Program allows dairy producers to protect their operations by enrolling supplemental production. The signup period ends December 9, 2022. Find out more about the program and enrollment:
𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗧𝗟𝗔𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴
Last month, the Department collaborated with the New York State Police to hold a Technical Large Animal Emergency Response (TLAER) Awareness training at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The training, which was led by the Department’s Divisions of Animal Industry and Emergency Management, was offered to New York State County Animal Response Teams (CARTS) and first responders, including fire fighters, emergency medical service providers, law enforcement, and public safety officials. TLAER trainings provide awareness-level training knowledge to participants in large animal emergency response, behavior and restraint, decontamination awareness, transportation, and rescue considerations. The training was a great success, and we thank everyone who participated.
𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗨𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Department is conducting a study of urban agriculture to better understand this important part of New York’s agricultural industry and to advance opportunities for urban farmers.
The Department is asking for interested parties to submit reports, recommendations, surveys, studies, or other documents about urban farming to email@example.com, or join a special working session tomorrow to share insights and experiences. Learn more and RSVP: https://agriculture.ny.gov/news/new-york-state-agriculture-department-announces-statewide-study-urban-agriculture
𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘆 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲
As the winter season approaches, the Department is urging New Yorkers to shift their focus from looking for adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) to looking for egg masses. Egg masses can be found on trees, cars, and any outdoor equipment and if any are found, the Department encourages residents to scrape and destroy them. A good resource is this video: https://extension.psu.edu/how-to-remove-spotted-lanternfly-eggs
In addition, you can reach out to the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for a SLF scraper card (photo to the right), which can be used to scrape egg masses off of surfaces before they hatch.
Additionally, please be aware! In the effort to combat SLF, some have been using sticky traps as a non-chemical control. However, this is causing accidental harm to songbirds, beneficial insects, and small mammals. Please DO NOT use sticky traps to deal with SLF in your area. Instead, consider using circle traps (pictured here), which do not use sticky tape, preventing unintentional catches of creatures other than SLF. Learn how to properly install this type of trap at extension.psu.edu/how-to-build-a-new-style-spotted-lanternfly-circle-trap
𝗦𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝗿
The Great New York State Fair is a showcase of all that New York State has to offer, including agriculture! So, if feedback from Fair attendees is any indication, then New York State might be best known for its top-notch entertainment, agriculture (including plants and animals), and of course, its delicious food and beverage selections.
When asked to identify their favorite things about the Fair, surveyed fairgoers in all age groups were in agreement:
• Respondents ranked “Concerts at Chevy Court and Chevy Park” as #3;
• “Agricultural Exhibits” as #2, and;
• “Food and Beverages” as the #1 draw on their lists
More specifically, seven out of 10 people surveyed ranked “Food and Beverages” as their favorite thing about the Fair.
The offerings were provided among eleven selections, which also included “Arts and Crafts Exhibits,” “Non-musical Entertainment,” Cultural Experiences, including “Pan African Village” and “Latino Village,” and the Midway.
The survey also looked at who comes to the Fair and where they are coming from. Nearly 90% of respondents attend the Fair at least once annually, and more than 25% of those surveyed say they attended three times or more during the Fair’s 13-day run. The data also found about 40% of fairgoers live in Onondaga County, the county where the Great New York State Fair is held, but 44% drove more than 50 minutes!
In total, nearly 2,000 people were surveyed – reflecting a sampling of the nearly 900,000 people who attended the 2022 Fair.
Planning is already underway for the 2023 Great New York State Fair, which begins Wednesday, August 23 and continues through Monday, September 4, 2023.
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗧𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗡𝗬 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning your seasonal shopping! This year, the Department is challenging New Yorkers to help support local farmers and producers by incorporating as many locally produced items into their holiday meals as possible.
From produce like apples, squash, brussels sprouts, and potatoes to artisan cheeses and poultry, New York producers can provide nearly everything you need for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Plus, you can find craft beverages, cozy teas, and locally crafted gift items to enjoy the holiday spirit to the fullest.
Tag the Department on Instagram at @nyagandmkts or @tasteny with pictures of the holiday bounty on your table! Find a nearby market at taste.ny.gov.
𝗡𝗬𝗦 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 & 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 & 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄
In October, the Department was excited to take part in the Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida and promote New York’s specialty crops to buyers from around the world under its NYS Grown & Certified label. Growers including Fowler Farms, Hudson River Fruit Distributors, the New York Apple Association, Brooklyn’s Gotham Greens, Smallhold, Minkus Family Farms, Red Jacket Orchards, and Intergrow Greenhouses joined us for this major show.