General Interest

A common perception is that farms who are larger than the red barn and silo stereotype are not family farms. What does the term “family farm” mean?

Are local foods healthier?

As a trend I am seeing more locally grown produce in large grocery stores. Will this have an adverse effect on the growth of farmers markets? While I appreciate the convenience of grocery stores I still love visiting my favorite farmers at the Farmers Market!

At a recent youth event, Ag Extravaganza, a question from a young student whether the jersey calf at the dairy station was a cow or a kangaroo really got me thinking about how important such educational events are to the community. How does CCE help educate our community’s future consumers?

Autumn in the North Country is full of traditions, many of which are products of local agriculture! What are some ways agriculture is involved in fall traditions?

Do invasive species affect the well-being and livelihood of the people living in the region?

Every year I feel bad about just throwing out my fresh Christmas tree. Are there any natural options for its use?

How can I make my Valentine’s Day roses last longer?

How do farm owners come up with the name for their farm?

How do I eat a balanced diet of local foods in the winter?

How do you become certified organic?

How does skim milk get manufactured?

How is it that different farming practices are helpful or beneficial?

How long does it take for milk to be processed and brought to a store?

How many hours a day do farmers work?

I am worried about the recent dry weather- should I water the trees in my yard?

I have a beautiful ash tree in my yard. Now that the emerald ash borer has been found in Northern New York, what are my options?

I have been seeing an insect on the outside of my house in large numbers- I’ve even found them crawling around inside.They are black and red.I’m concerned that they might be cockroaches or the dangerous ‘kissing bug’ that was in a Facebook post.

I notice that snowmobile trails go across open fields; do the farmers who own the fields allow this?

I’ve been hearing/seeing advertisement for the Dairyland Festival and Parade; what is this event?

I want to be a part of agriculture but don’t know where to start. What types of agricultural careers are there and what can agricultural programs prepare you for?

I want to buy local food products whenever I can. My food budget is limited and sometimes I question whether the “extra” I pay for local is worth the cost.

In the month of June I always notice a white, fluffy material floating through the air.I assume it comes from a plant. What is it?

Is it legal to drive farm equipment on the roads?

Is the rate of change for agriculture efficiency meeting the increase in world population considering the decrease in cultivatable land? Consider values such as the trend/rate of change in acre/hectare efficiency, loss of agricultural land, and increase in population. Bottom line, is technology keeping up with demand?

Is the shamrock a real plant or is it mythical like leprechauns?

I’ve been seeing a lot of farm vehicles on the road lately. What’s the best way to navigate the road with these slow moving vehicles?

June is Dairy Month and my children came home from a school activity encouraging me to buy more dairy products. When I go down the dairy isle at my grocery store I am amazed at all the choices! What should I choose?

Large trucks, like tankers, dump trucks, and tractor trailers, are often coming in and out of farms and fields this time of year; are these farm vehicles safe?

“More and more I am seeing locally grown foods. How do I know that products grown locally are safe, clean, and healthy products?”

Over the past few years I have noticed an abundance of yellow flowers along roadways and in old fields. They appear in early summer and look like a yellow version of Queen Anne’s lace.Someone told me they are toxic – is this true?

Someone told me that farmers would rather have snow all winter instead of an open winter.Why would that be?

The ash trees in my woodlot are dying. Is this caused the emerald ash borer?

The idea of farming sounds like fun. Growing food, working with animals all seems relaxing and not terribly difficult. How much experience is really important when working with agriculture?

There is a lot a buzz about getting local food into schools. What is one way CCE is helping to do this?

What are plant hardiness zones? Many plants that I’ve tried to grow do not seem to live through the winter.

What are some common misconceptions about soil?

What are the benefits of composting and should it become a community service in parallel with trash and recycling pick-up?

What exactly is Emerald Ash Borer?

What exactly is mistletoe and why is it associated with kissing during the holidays?

What happens to milk after it leaves the farm?

What is 4-H?

What is a “factory farm”?

What is a Food Desert? How can I get more involved in growing my own food?

What is an invasive species and how does it affect me?

What is conservation medicine?

What is Extension?

What is FFA?

What is in Dairy Products that make them spoil?

What is Japanese Knotweed and how can we control it?

What is the difference between butter and margarine?

What is the difference between Roundup and Roundup for Lawns?

What is the easiest job on a farm?

What is the job of a farmer and what is the hardest thing about it?

What is the job outlook for students going to college for agriculture?

What is Wild Parsnip and is it dangerous?

What local foods are available in May in the North Country?

What makes Greek style yogurt different from “regular” yogurt?

When I think agriculture I imagine an older white male on a tractor – what are the real demographics for farming and agriculture in America today?

Where can I get local meat to grill for Memorial Day and the summer season?

Why are only maple trees used for making syrup?

Why did S. Claus choose reindeer instead of cows or horses to pull his sleigh?

Why do people bring animals to the county fair?

Why has there been a loss of biodiversity and a decrease in plant varieties and nutrients in plants over time?

With invasive species being a problem in many areas, what can I do to try and keep them off my property or control them once they get here?

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am wondering about chocolate. Does milk chocolate really contain milk?

Contact

Catherine Moore
Agriculture, Natural Resources & Fort Drum Issue Leader
Cmm17@cornell.edu
(315) 788-8450 ext. 236

Last updated November 20, 2017