In 1917, the farming families of Orleans County organized what is today known as Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension. OCCCE was formed to “furnish the farmers of the county (1) means of collective action, (2) local machinery for carrying on Extension work, (3) organized local direction and support for such work, and (4) a local clearing house for all activities and organizations promoting agriculture and county life…” Our roots in agriculture run deep, and we continue to honor our founding by providing agricultural producers with access to vital information and services.
OCCCE’s mission is to provide relevant, accessible, research-based information to grow confident youth and successful farms & gardens for a strong and healthy Orleans community. We achieve this mission through partnerships with our community, Cornell University, and the national Cooperative Extension system, and by investing in resources that directly benefit our agricultural producers. Each year, our $90,000 investment in the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, Cornell Vegetable Program, and Northwestern NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team gives our county access to $1.6 million in staff, research, and resources to improve the economic vitality of our agricultural community.
Producers can capitalize on this investment by enrolling in our agricultural programs. Enrollment provides immediate access to cutting-edge research, weather data, and economic information that can make the difference between an average year and an exceptional one. It is an investment that will reap rewards for many years to come.
Enrollment benefits include:
To enroll, complete the Agriculture Enrollment Form and submit it with payment to Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 12690 State Route 31, Albion, NY 14411. Questions? Contact Kim Hazel at 585-798-4265 ext 26.
Please contact our office at 585-798-4265 ext 26 if we can be of assistance, or contact our team members directly to address your questions.
Last updated March 24, 2021