Madison County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension share a rich history as the same organization 100 years ago. On the local level , it started as a new collaboration between the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, and support from Cornell University. The very first extension agent started work in Broome County, NY. The idea spread throughout New York and the U.S., and still is the envy of many countries in the world. In the 1950’s, Farm Bureau and Cooperative Extension decided to pursue different paths, though each still serve the same community. Farm Bureau’s mission is to advocate legislatively for agricultural and farm business policies on the local, state, and national levels. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s mission is to “enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research-based knowledge to work.”

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