Access to Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program services are granted upon enrollment. All enrollments start with a $20 base fee (email mailings) or a $25 base fee (printed mailings), which includes the "Agricultural News" and other general mailings. We strongly recommend that you also enroll in the different commodity areas that apply to you in order to receive specific mailings for events, seminars, workshops, and meetings.
Grapes- In Contract Region $45.00
Grapes- Out of Contract Region $100.00
Small Berry $45
Base Fee for ALL Agricultural Producers $25 (hard copy)
Base Fee for ALL Agricultural Producers $20 (email)
Commercial Vegetable $150 (enroll directly in regional program)
To enroll, please contact Debra Gardner, Program Administrative Assistant, at (716) 664-9502 x 209.
Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center
3542 Turner Road,
Jamestown, NY 14701
Lisa Kempisty, Community Educator - Dairy/Livestock
Office: (716) 664-9502, Ext. 203
Cell: (716) 499-0503
Virginia Carlberg, Community Educator - Farm Business Management
Office: (716) 664-9502, Ext. 202
Cell: (716) 969-3525
Debra Gardner, Administrative Assistant
Office: (716) 664-9502, Ext. 209
Lisa Kempisty, Community Educator
To remain competitive, dairy and livestock producers need to stay informed wit the latest management information and adopt technologies that impact the productivity and profitability of their businesses. To meet these producers' needs, the Dairy and Livestock program conducts workshops, on-farm meetings, and discussions featuring speakers from Cornell University, GRAZE NY, agribusinesses, and local dairy and livestock producers. With a wide diversity of business structure, site, and management of our Chautauqua County dairy and livestock businesses, we have offered various programs to meet the needs of different owners, family members, and farm employees.
On-farm programs continue to be a popular educational tool, and pasture walks are offered monthly during the summer to demonstrate farms' grazing management. Discussion groups also provide a forum for dairy producers to share information on farm management-related topics. Other workshops demonstrate management procedures, and include topics on: hoof care, calf and heifer management, and milk and feed quality.
Ginny Carlberg, Community Educator
In today’s difficult economic environment, the viability of our local agricultural businesses is a major concern. The Farm Business Management Program helps farms increase their profitability by organizing workshops, classes, and literature on financial management, agricultural markets and economics, decision-making, and marketing. The program spans all agricultural industries, and seeks to foster farm-to-farm and farm-to-public communication.
The Farm Business Management program also puts together the Dairy Market Watch, which is a monthly update on current dairy industry and market trends. Past issues of the Dairy Market Watch are available for download on this site.
There are approximately 30,000 acres of vineyard in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania grown on 840 farms, making this the largest grape growing region outside of California.
Of this acreage, 98.5% consists of Labrusca (American Grape) varieties such as 'Concord' and 'Niagara' which are used for juice, jam and other fresh or fermented products. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies. Visit the LERGP website at: http://lergp.cce.cornell.edu.