Almanack Contributor Rick LeVitre

Rick LeVitre is Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Essex and Franklin Counties. Since moving to the North Country, he has focused on building the brand of CCE. With the staff, he has increased programming in Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Family & Nutrition and Rural and Economic Development. LeVitre, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont Extension, has over 40 years of Cooperative Extension outreach engagement serving as 4-H Agent, County Ag Agent, Agricultural Specialist, an Extension Legislative Liaison and Extension Associate Dean.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Local Foods Changing Views on Farming

nys veggiesToday’s explosion of an appreciation of and demand for local foods is a positive affirmation of farming. There is a new gratefulness for farmers as caretakers of the working landscape and purveyors of quality foods raised nearby. A better understanding of the need for open spaces, preserving soil, safeguarding water and practicing safe animal care has increased markedly. It is an invigorating time, especially for those of us who have been embroiled in agriculture most of our lives.

I think back to when I enrolled in a two-year agriculture program there were only 12 students in the major and only 1 female. The four-year baccalaureate was struggling and certainly not overenrolled. Fast forward to today and most Colleges of Agriculture are busting at the seams with students. » Continue Reading.

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