Big Frog, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and Wagner Farms want you to meet the hard working families keeping us fed and clothed. This week we salute Jesse and Renee Byma in Burlington Flats.

You could say the family that milks together stays together. The Byma Dairy on Jacobs Road in Burlington Flats is operated by Jesse and Renee, along with their 4 children; Luke, Levi, Faith and Joel. A visit to the farm will find all six family members involved in feeding, milking, and tending to their herd of Holsteins.

Renee says they purchased the farm about five-and-a-half years ago when the previous owners provided them a "great opportunity." While they may be relatively knew to owning a farm, Jesse and Renee both grew up on family farms. Currently they milk about 65 to 70 head and grow their own crops for feed.

Typical summers will also find the family at the Otsego County Fair, Junior Livestock Show, and other events showing their prize cows. To the Byma's we say thank you for what you do to keep CNY fed and clothed and for raising children who appreciate the important role you play in the bigger picture. A friend tells us you serve as community role models too, always there to help others no matter the circumstance.


Know a farmer we should add to our list? Here's the nomination form, or send info on our Facebook page, our mobile app, or email Meet a Farmer is also made possible by New York Farm Net, a program of Cornell, Harbor Point MineralsWhite's Farm Supply, and the US Army.

Want to take your support of Central New York farmers to the next level? The Save Our Farms, Save Our Food campaign with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County is offering a custom designed T-Shirt supporting farmers with any $25 donation. Get more info and order yours at

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