Wayne County farmers have access to more than 17 specialists who provide up to date research based information to growers through on farm visits, educational workshops, demonstrations and field research. No matter what size your farm, our specialists can help you – as long as you sell product off farm (our Master Gardeners can help others).
To get the latest information from each of the agriculture teams please download a 2017 enrollment form (New Enrollment Available NOW). Just complete the form, enclose a check, and forward to the office.
Lake Ontario Fruit Program:
This team of four specialists seeks to foster the growth, development and profitability of the commercial fruit industry by encouraging the adoption of research –based information. Topics of research and education include, but are not limited, to: integrated pest management (IPM), business management and economics, cultural practices program, and the harvesting and marketing program. The team produces several communication pieces: Fruit Notes, is the general newsletter, Fruit Fax is a weekly fax for cultural and pest management concerns during the growing season and Harvest Fax provides weekly updates for fruit maturity reporting. Specialists are also available for on farm visits, educational workshops and other seminars.
As more and more growers are looking at diversification, there is more acreage of berries being planted in Wayne County. The Lake Ontario Fruit Team can help answer your immediate questions and more in depth information and resources is also available through the Cornell Berry Program. Please take advantage of all of the resources available to you!
NWNY Dairy, Livetock and Field Crops Team:
This team consist of eight specialists who provide lifelong education to build the capacity of dairy, livestock and field crops producers so that they may accomplish desired outcomes. The eight specialists cover the areas of dairy production, field crop production, farm business management, small farm management and livestock production. The team offers on farm and group workshop education on water quality management, financial business analysis, and has several newsletters covering timely and local agriculture news. Field research projects help local farms determine the best new varieties of crops for local growing conditions, reduce odor emission, and increase use of on-farm composting.
Regional Vegetable Program – Cornell Vegetable Program:
We are excited about our expanded regional vegetable program covering eight counties across WNY. This five member team provides commercial vegetable growers weekly production updates, marketing information and research and practices for improving the profitability of vegetable growers. Main crops include dry beans, potatoes, onions, cabbage, vine crops and sweet corn but educational opportunities are available for other commodities. In addition, the team can also answer questions regarding greenhouse and organic vegetables. Check out their new website by clicking on the title above.
Finger Lakes Grape Program – NEW for 2015
Due to our expanding wine trail and increasing acreage of vineyard, CCE Wayne is now a member of the FL Grape Program. This two person team allows Wayne County growers to have a direct link to the latest information from Cornell and other resources around the country on topics that are important to you as a grape grower including pest management, vineyard nutrition, crop management, and farm business and marketing. Viticulture Extension Specialist Hans Walter-Peterson and Viticulture Educator Gillian Trimber are committed to providing you with important and timely information through a wide variety of means to help you produce the best crop possible, as efficiently as possible.