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Agribusiness Forum

2022 Niagara County Agribusiness Outreach Forum

March 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022
Virtual: 9am-3pm | On-Site: 8:30am Registration w/ refreshments | 9am–3pm Program (Lunch provided by Beans’ Smokehouse)
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Training Center, 4487 Lake Ave. Lockport, NY 14094 

In-person & Virtual Event. During this FREE forum, you will learn about meat production and regulation, agricultural labor issues, ag. conservation easements, agriculture districts, ag. assessments, natural resource conservation, climate resiliency farming and carbon sustainability tax credits, as well as a variety of grants, incentives and resources available to the agricultural community. Sign up now as space is limited. Whether you are involved in the agricultural community in Niagara County, or are looking to become involved, you do not want to miss this event!

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Agribusiness Forum

2021 Niagara County Agribusiness Outreach Forum

March 2021

Over the course of the FREE two-day event (March 23 & 25), you will also learn about the Food Safety Modernization Ave, Cornell Cooperative Extension's Regional Agricultural Teams, CCE of Niagara's Beginning Farmer Training Program, low cost power programs, and services offered by the NCCC Small Business Development Center, Niagara County Farm Bureau, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, and Niagara County Center for Economic Development. Sign up now as space is limited. If you are involved in the agricultural community here in Niagara County, then you don't want to miss this event!

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Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser in support of the Niagara County Farm Bureau 

August 2020

Come and get your World Famous Cornell Chicken BBQ Dinner! CCE Niagara has partnered with the Niagara County Farm Bureau for this fundraiser, which will benefit both the Farm Bureau and CCE programming, so come and show us your support! It is happening on August 21st at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave. Lockport, NY 14094.

The meal consists of chicken, roll, butter, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. Dinners are $11 pre-sale or $12 the day of. Also available will be slices ($4) and whole pies ($20) of cherry, peach, blueberry, and strawberry-rhubarb.

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Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 2020

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our farms and provides customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. In light of what we understand about the spread of COVID-19, new management practices will be needed to protect your farm team and your customers. This document provides recommended practices and communication strategies for U-Pick operations for the 2020 season.

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Free Face Coverings

May 2020

We are offering free face coverings that the county is making available for agricultural workers. If you and/or your employees need face coverings please use the contact information provided below to request them.

Provide the name of your farm, your contact information and the number of employees that you will need face coverings for; contact ncem@niagaracounty.com Or call 716-438-3171 and include the requested information.

Additionally, we have a variety of new resources on our website, www.cceniagaracounty.org that may be helpful to you, including new ag. guidance as we continue to work through NYS on Pause. The updated information for the 2020 Beginning Farmer Training is also available on the website.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help in any way possible. Stay safe!

Thank you,

Amanda Henning
Agriculture and Food Systems Educator


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COVID-19: Business Assistance

April 2020

The following information highlights programs that are being made available to businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back often as new programs will be added as they are announced.

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New Member Offer through June 30th

March 2020

 Now is the perfect time to join Niagara County Farm Bureau! Through June 30th all new members pay only $139 for membership through December 2021. Enjoy great member perks and community support at a great price.

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NYFB Lobby Day in Albany

March 2020

Members of the Niagara County Farm Bureau traveled to Albany to take part in the New York Farm Bureau's 2020 State Lobby Day on March 3rd. They represented the amazing agriculture in our area with legislators and all visiting attendess. Thanks to everyone who took their time to represent us!


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Hemp 101 Meeting Success

March 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the Hemp 101 meeting! And thank you to our phenomenal speakers for sharing their info and knowledge Gina from Miller Hemp Organics, Reciprocal Roots, Sativa Remedy, HigherLivingRN, The Medical Cannabis Community and Jeanette Miller from The Eclectic Farmstead. Farm Bureau is committed to continuing the conversation and information sharing around this new crop.


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March is Agriculture Month

March 2020

Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse, left, presents a proclamation to John King, President of the Niagara County Farm Bureau, declaring the month of March as “Agriculture Month.” Mr. King addressed the Legislature on several issues including the Farmworkers Fair Labor Act, broadband in rural communities and the potential of the hemp industry. Mr. King pointed out that approximately 42% of land in Niagara County is actively farmed, and 95% of our farms are family owned.

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NYSDOL Farm Labor Wage Board Hearings

February 2020

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the wage board will hold five hearings across the state beginning this Friday and going through April. The wage board was created by the recently enacted Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and is statutorily required to hold its first hearing by March 1st to consider lowering the current 60-hour work week threshold for overtime.

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Thanks to the Niagara USA Chamber

February 2020

We are grateful to be a 2020 Award Recipient of the Industry Insider Award for Agriculture by the Niagara USA Chamber. We will receive on Friday, March 13th during the Chamber Honors Annual Dinner.


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