The Two Way Report

CADE is eager to hear from you to help shape our programs and meet your needs, as well as to collect data that will help advance the interests of agribusinesses. Please consider filling out our surveys.  We’ll be sure to share the results with you (while keeping your responses confidential)!

Calling all beef producers!  Beef production is an increasingly important part of our region’s agriculture. If you are currently raising beef, CADE would like to know a little more about your business.  This survey can be found here and should only take about 3 minutes.  We’ll report back on interesting trends we observe in our next Two Way Report.

Calling all vegetable producers! Field Goods invites vegetable farmers to fill out this survey, inviting you to score produce for 8 inputs based on "normal" weather conditions.  Field Goods will compile results and use them to help educate communities, schools, and libraries about how different crops use varying degrees of resources. They will create an Earth Day quiz for kids, for example, asking questions like “guess which 3 vegetables need the most water to grow?” and so on. According to Donna Williams, President of Field Goods, “we believe that education about agriculture is important to increase communities’ support and appreciation for farming”. Results will be anonymous.

Thanks to those of you who responded to CADE’s recent survey about the industrial hemp opportunity in our region.  Here are some highlights of what we learned from respondents:

There is quite a bit of enthusiasm about the potential for hemp as a viable crop, and some growers have plans to grow quite a bit of it.  But there is still a fair amount of confusion about the regulatory environment, both in terms of production and in terms of sales, especially of edible CBD products (see this recent New York Times story).  There is concern that regulations may still stand in the way of the development of this new market. There also remain significant questions to be answered about the agronomic challenges and the efficiency of harvesting the crop with existing farm equipment. 

For those of you who are considering hemp, here are a couple of valuable links:

○     https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/PI/PIHome.html

○     https://sips.cals.cornell.edu/extension-outreach/industrial-hemp/