Rolling cropland in Canandaigua NY

Ontario County cropland.

ag career day 2017 NYS Ag Experiment Station
Image by R.J. Anderson

Cornell staff engage youth with horticultural research in Geneva.

dairy cows Hemdale
Image by Marie Anselm

Dairy cows at an Ontario County dairy farm.


Ontario County is a rich and diverse agricultural area. Dairy, vegetables, fruit, beef, sheep, poultry, cash crops, vineyards, orchards, small fruit, nursery and greenhouse farms all play a significant role in the economy of Ontario County. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County works to support our prosperous agricultural industry through programs that range from laboratory research to the consumer dinner plate.

Visit to a soybean field, July 2014

Regional Ag Specialists

Local producers can access Cornell expertise in grapes, vegetables, dairy and more, through several Regional Ag Teams that serve Ontario County.

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Steuben County farm

Ag Assessment

An agricultural assessment from your local property tax assessment office can reduce your property taxes on land that is being actively farmed. Get more details here.

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Planting Brussel sprouts at Stick & Stone Farm (Ulysses, NY).

Beginning Farmers

Like to get started in farming? Find resources here and connect with staff who can answer your questions.

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Early Morning Farm booth at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, 06/10/2013 (Cornell University Photography)

Local Foods

CCE-Ontario is passionate about local foods and farms! Learn ways to include more locally-produced food in your meals, how to buy local foods, and techniques for preserving food at home, here on our site!

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 Crop spraying near St Mary Bourne. The crop is rapeseed. Spray product unknown.

Pesticide Training

Find out about applicator, technician and recertification trainings that are available in Ontario County, and upcoming training dates.

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Plants in Cornell Plantations (PLTNS) greenhouses (Cornell University Photography)

Commercial Horticulture

Connect with useful information and resources from Cornell and NY professional groups serving the greenhouse, nursery and turfgrass industries.

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Last updated March 2, 2019