If 2/3 of the world is water, then 1/4 of Oneida County is milk.  If you use a bit of literary license, both of those statements are true. Bonnie Collins with Cornell Cooperative Extension shared some of the local agricultural statistics.

The numbers come from the annual "State of the County Message" presented by Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente Jr. Here are the numbers:

  • more than 200 dairy farms
  • 18,000 milking cows
  • 500 full-time employees

In addition to being the largest industry in Oneida County, "dairy farms are close to 25 percent of the land mass." Thus the statement, 1/4 of Oneida County is milk. Picente's message also detailed a new initiative to bring ag to the classroom.

A group effort that includes; Cornell Cooperative Extension, MVCC, local schools and the UAS Test Site will create an Ambassadors in Agriculture program. The plan is to also include local farmers on the panel and create an Ag Discussion Forum. If you'd like to be part of shaping the Ag Industry in Oneida County contact Marty Broccoli or Bonnie Collins at 315-736-3394.

SOURCE: Cornell Cooperative Extension and Oneida County Government

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