The "Ag Exchange" – Boosting Business for Local Agriculture

Now open, the "Ag Exchange" by Cornell Cooperative Extension ( is a new and simple online agricultural classified service and ag business directory. Through this one exchange farmers in the mid- and upper Hudson Valley will be able to buy, sell, or rent any agriculture-related product or service. Property owners will also benefit since it includes land and facilities rental. It is not for retail sales. The Ag Exchange classified is designed to facilitate wholesale business among our traditional dairy, beef, field crop, fruit or vegetable farms, bees and maple, as well as the new and developing farms involved in brewing, distilling, artisan products, organic production, and non-GMO animal feeds.


The Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program (CAAHP)

Provides research-based information focused on commercial production and marketing of agricultural and horticultural products in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Schenectady and Washington counties of New York.

CAAHP provides agricultural and horticultural education through workshops, newsletters and consultations utilizing traditional and electronic means to:

  • Improve business profitability and performance.
  • Attain your goals for a better quality of life in your business and work environment.
  • Enhance business sustainability.
  • Practice environmental stewardship.
  • Assist growers in developing markets for their agricultural products.
  • Provide leadership for enhancing relationships between the agriculture industry and the general public.

Primary Program Areas:

  • Market Development
  • Business Management and Analysis
  • Livestock Production
  • Soils and Field Crops
  • Nursery/Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Pasture Management
  • Applied Research
  • Dairy Farm Business Summaries
  • Pesticide Certification and Recertification Training
  • Integrated Crop and Pest Management
  • Small and Beginning Farmers

Please visit this website for additional details on CAAHP programs and services: Capital Area Agricluture and Horticulture Program

You can contact any of these team members at the following numbers, on-line or by calling your local Cooperative Extension Office:

Sandy Buxton
CCE Washington County

Steve Hadcock
CCE Columbia & Greene Counties

Tom Gallagher
CCE Albany County

Aaron Gabriel
CCE Washington County


Mick Bessire is the local agriculture Extension Educator for Columbia and Greene Counties.  Mick's contact information is:

Mick Bessire
CCE Columbia & Greene

We look forward to working with you in your agricultural business here in the Capital Area.  Together we can keep the agricultural economy competitive while maintaining a comfortable standard of living and being conscientious stewards of our natural environment.

Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP)

The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) is the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension program in New York, serving a large multi-county area in the Eastern side of the state. With nearly 11 specialists, the ENYCHP specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable, small fruit, tree fruit, and grape industries. Please visit this website for addition details on ENYCHP programs and services: Eastern New York Horticulture Program




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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Learn to Grow Ginseng
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, September 21st 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Saturday, September 23rd 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
An Introduction to Fall Foraging
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Sunday, September 24th 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Preserving Herbs
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Thursday, September 28th 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pickling with a Boil Water Canner
Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, October 5th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact CCE




Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)

 2017 Major Financial Donors

The Bank of Greene County

Willow Springs Charitable Trust 

 100 Years in Photos!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia County and Greene County.  We have a number of historical photos on exhibit in both offices.  Stop by either location and have a look!