Lewis County Ag Digest – Feb. 2013

The February 2013 Issue of the Lewis County Ag Digest is now posted online at:   http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/lewis/agdigest.htm.

Items of Interest:

  • The Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
  • Crop Scouting: The Neglected Task
  • Energy Efficiency Lighting in Barns
  • Connecting the Dots – Local Foods/Farmers Market Initiative

Upcoming Programs:

  • CCE Shop Meeting – Cow Comfort in Tie Stalls, Feb. 8
  • North Country Crop Congress, Watertown, Feb. 12
  •  North Country Pasture Meeting, Feb. 22
  • Social Media in Ag, Feb. 26,27

Capital Area Ag & Hort e-Newsletter CCE – January 7, 2013

For those who are interested in obtaining much more immediate communication with the CAAHP team then they are getting now, we are on Facebook…

Here is the address for our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CCECAHP

The e-Newsletter’s goal is to provide a venue for communication about upcoming meetings and other pertinent information.

Calendar
January 2013

January 8, 2013 Dairy Farm Business Summary Input meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at CCE-Washington County, Annex II, 411 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839. The meeting is FREE and will provide some info and experience for dairy farmers thinking about entering their own data in the DFBS program or understand where and why data is used.  To register, please call Sandy 518-380-1498 or e-mail sab22@cornell.edu .

January 9, 2013 Dairy Farm Business Summary Input meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at CCE-Rensselaer County meeting room, 61 State St, Troy, NY 12180. The meeting is FREE and will provide some info and experience for dairy farmers thinking about entering their own data in the DFBS program or understand where and why data is used.  To register, please call Kirk 518-272-4210 or e-mail kjs264@cornell.edu .

January 10, 2013 Dairy Farm Business Summary Input meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at CCE-Columbia County, meeting room, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534. The meeting is FREE and will provide some info and experience for dairy farmers thinking about entering their own data in the DFBS program or understand where and why data is used.  To register, please call Sandy 518-380-1498 or e-mail sab22@cornell.edu .

Thursday, January 10, 2013  NYS Ag Society 181st Forum – Perception is Reality: Understanding How Consumers Perceive Agriculture from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm at Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Pkwy, Syracuse/Liverpool. Details or pre-register at: www.nysagsociety.org Co-sponsored by the NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets.

This year’s Forum will consider consumer views and how farms can help promote agriculture to the public. Keynote speaker: Larry Kaagan, a polling, trend-analysis and strategy-consulting firm for agriculture and food industries. NYS Ag Commissioner, Darrel Aubertine, will present the State of the State’s Agriculture Address. Discount for pre-registrations before December 21.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Getting Action from Website Landing Pages! with Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop .

Ever wonder why some online businesses seem to have all the luck – well it may not be luck after all! Their content marketing payoff may be because their ‘landing pages’ encourage the customer to take ‘action’. Your landing pages can mean the difference between profit and loss! Learn how to send your customers to the right page and create the appropriate call to action!

January 10, 2013 Landscape Architects Training at Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186 .  Registration is required.  More information to follow as the program develops.  For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu or at 518-765-3513. LA continuing education credits will be offered. 

Emily DeBolt, owner and operator of Fiddlehead Creek Farm and Native Plant Nursery, in Washington County will speak on native plants; what ‘native’ means; what the benefits are; what invasives are; why they are harmful and provide an update on what is going on at the state level with the lists for invasives.  She will then give a presentation on using native plants in the landscape. 

David Cutter, a LA at Cornell University will speak about designing the Cornell campus to become carbon neutral by the year 2050.  The CU Sustainability initiative includes campus mapping, green roofs, open meadows, and lawn substitutes.  He will also touch on the new technologies used at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center (permeable pavement, structural soil, and the bio-swale area). 

January 12, 2012 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 9:30 a.m. to noon at CCE-Washington Cty. 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

January 16, 2013 Organic Turf & Landscape (a “Be Green” credit course) with Cornell Cooperative Extension- Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180. Time: TBA

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture staff will present the latest on managing turfgrass and

landscapes using organic methods. Participants will receive credits applicable to maintaining a

current Be Green license agreement with the NYSDEC. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513 or David Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu and 518-272-4210.

January 16 – 17, 2013 Operations Managers Conference “Managing for Consistency and Continuous Improvement” at RIT Inn and Conference Center, Henrietta, New York 

This conference provides an opportunity for people responsible for day to day activities to increase their management and operations skills while interacting with other managers. Sessions on January 16 will be followed by a tour and interaction with a local dairy operations team on January 17.

For more information, visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/OMC/  If you are interested in carpooling with someone, please call Sandy – 518-380-1498 there are several producers thinking about it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 NYS Department of Labor’s Post-Harvest Meeting  at Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville NY 12186 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  RSVP: Christina Marzello by E-Mail: Christina.Marzello@labor.ny.gov or by phone: 518-485-9269. For directions please visit: http://www.ccealbany.com

Supervisory staff as well as field staff will be present at each meeting. We will be discussing our observations on the 2012 season and share our outlook and plans for 2013. We will also provide some information about the new electronic application for the H-2A guest worker program. Most importantly, we will be seeking input from you about your experience in 2012 and what you anticipate for 2013.

January 17, 2013 CCE Annual Tax School at CCE-Saratoga County, 50 West High St. Ballston Spa, Ny 12020 From 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more info or to register contact Richard Smith, CCE – 518-885-8995.

January 18th and 19th, 2013 17th Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference: Global Grazing – Lessons Learned From Around the World –– Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT – Featuring keynote speaker Abdon Schmitt, professor at the University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, and many local and regional experts including sales coach Fred Ashforth, animal behavior expert Kathy Voth, nutritionist Jeff Mattocks, research results, super networking and much more.  Two day-long intensive workshops on Friday and 24 workshops Saturday to choose from.  Discounted attendance for VGFA or VBPA membership.  Details at www.uvm.edu/pasture.  Contact Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm,edu to learn more.

January 21, 2013 Robert Becker Forum on Managing Human Resources in Agriculture: 

Creative Steps when Public Policy Fails from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Doubletree Hotel, Syracuse, NY. Registration cost $95 for full-day session, includes lunch and refreshments

(Walk-in registration available at the door will be $125). Register online at www.nysvga.org or

mail form and payment to: Gemma Osborne, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station

630 W. North St., Geneva, NY 14456 or call NYSVGA 315-986-9320 or jmarvin@rochester.rr.com .

Topics include: Navigating a new political landscape with Craig Regelbrugge, Co-Chair, Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, Washington, DC; Addressing current H-2A challenges:  Where do we go from here? Frank Gasperini, National Council of Agricultural Employers, Washington, DC; The intersection of agriculture and immigration:  Building unusual    alliances- Angela Adams, Director, Lewis & Kappes, P.C., Indianapolis, IN;   Current developments in immigration worksite enforcement and H-2A compliance- Monte Lake, CJ Lake, LLC, Washington, DC, Farm Credit East.

January 24, 2013 Lawn and Landscape Training at Columbia County CCE office, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534. For More information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu or 518-765-3513 or David Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu or 518- 272-4210.  

This meeting will highlight current issues challenging the lawn care and landscape industry.  Topics such as European crane fly identification, Boxwood Blight, new weed control products, Impatiens Downy Mildew, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and control of Canadian geese on managed properties will be covered. 

January 22-24, 2013 Empire State Producers Expo, OnCenter, Syracuse, NY. For more info visit: www.nysvga.org/expo/info 

Jan. 24 & 25, 2013 Corn & Soybean Expo, Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY “Succeeding at Succession” For more info visit www.nycornsoy.org/

January 25-26, 2013 5th Annual Winter Green-up Grazing Conference at the Century House Conference Center, Latham, NY. For more information, please contact Gale Kohler at CCE Albany County by phone at (518) 765-3500 or gek4@cornell.edu.  You can also reach Morgan Hartman at blackqueenangus@yahoo.com

There is a terrific lineup of informed and informative, experienced practitioner/speakers:

  • · Steve Kenyon, a Holistic Management Educator/practitioner from Saskatchewan, Canada.  Steve will discuss, in two separate sessions, the business and the practice of custom grazing cattle for profit.  Additionally, Steve will touch upon Winter Management techniques that will have direct application to those of us in the cold Northeast. 
  • Jerry Brunetti, one of the original organizers of the PASA conference and founder of Agri-Dynamics, a dairy nutritionist and an expert in human nutrition too, is going to discuss these two intimately related topics of animal and human health.  If we are what we eat, then we are what our animals eat.
  • Jeremy Engh owns and runs Lakota Ranch in Virginia as well as running the Lakota Bull Test, an all-forage/grazing test for beef breed bulls.  While Jeremy is a Red Devon breeder and grass-finisher, the Lakota Bull Test accepts bulls from all beef breeds and measures their performance in contemporary groups, while also conducting Breeding Soundness Exams and other pertinent pre-breeding season data collection.  All this data is then provided to the bull owner/consignors and to the prospective customers of the Lakota Bull Test Sale.
  • · Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh, who own and operate Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, NY will discuss their approach to animal production on their Certified Organic, 100% grass-fed farm where they produce grass-fed beef along side their year round grass-fed dairy. 
  • · Dr. tatiana Stanton, NY State’s Small Ruminant Specialist will talk about her initial research into applied pasture lambing and how the results compare to jug lambing.  tatiana will talk about these and other matters relating specifically to the pasture rearing and finishing of goats and sheep.

 January 25-27, 2013 NOFA-NY Winter Conference “Resilience” at Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Visit www.nofanycoference.org to register and for more info. Early bird registration saves $10 by December 11. Registration due January 11th or call (585) 271-1979 ext 515 for more info.

January 29, 2013 Bedding Plant Conference with CCE at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110. Learn about innovations in greenhouse production, pest management, organic fertilization and other trends. DEC pesticide credits applied for. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513.

Tuesday January 29, 2013 Field Crop Management Meeting from 1-3 p.m. at CCE-Saratoga County, 50 West High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Registration is $10/person and pre-registration is required! To register call 315-866-7920, email Herkimer@cornell.edu or send check to CCE-Herkimer Cty, 5657 State Rte 5, Herkimer, NY 13350.

Updates on Disease, Insect and Weed Control. 2 DEC Pesticide Applicator re-cert. credits available. Must be present at 1:00 p.m. and have Applicator ID with you to receive credit!

Thursday January 31, 2013 Field Crop Management Meeting from 1-3 p.m. at CCE-Schoharie County, 179 South Grand St, Cobleskill, NY. Registration is $10/person and pre-registration is required! To register call 315-866-7920, email Herkimer@cornell.edu or send check to CCE-Herkimer Cty, 5657 State Rte 5, Herkimer, NY 13350.

Updates on Disease, Insect and Weed Control. 2 DEC Pesticide Applicator re-cert. credits available. Must be present at 1:00 p.m. and have Applicator ID with you to receive credit!

February
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, and 19, 2013. Cornell Cooperative Extension offers Strategic Marketing Workshops for Livestock Producers around New York State. Each session runs from 6:30-8:30 PM at CCE-Albany Co., 24 Martin Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186. The series costs $30 per farm (up to 2 people). Registration contact: Gale Kohler 518-765-3599 or email gek4@cornell.edu

Meetings will be a combination of activities around session topics. Session 1: Introduction to Strategic Marketing: Identifying a Target Market; Session 2: Communicating with Customers;

Session 3: A Guide to Marketing Channel Selection.

The demand for locally raised meats and livestock products continues to grow.  Strategic and specific marketing efforts can help you take full advantage of the local foods market.  If you want to sharpen and focus your marketing skills or just don’t know where to begin developing a marketing plan, CCE can help! 

CCE has developed a series of workshops that will teach the basics of strategic marketing, including how to identify a target market and focus your farm’s marketing efforts.  You will also learn how to choose the markets that meet the needs of your farm, such as CSA, farmers’ market and wholesale.  Each participant will develop components of a marketing plan and create marketing materials.

While this series is tailored specifically to the marketing of meats and other livestock products, it will benefit any farm looking to improve their marketing efforts.

(Additional ENY location contacts: CCE-Delaware Co.: Kim Holden 607-865-7090 or email kmh19@cornell.edu or CCE-Orange Co.: Audrey L. Reith (845) 344-1234 or ald5@cornell.edu)

February 5 -7 & 12 – 14, 2013 30-Hour Pesticide Class for Category 3a & 25 with Cornell Cooperative ExtensionRensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture staff of the Capital District will present a six day class to become licensed pesticide applicators. Successful completion of the thirty-hour training course and exams will allow participants to be licensed by the NYSDEC as Certified Pesticide Applicators. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513 or David Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu and  518-272-4210.

February 7, 2013 Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Program, co-sponsored by CCE CAAHP and Farm Family Insurance at Farm Family, 344 Rte. 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  The cost of the workshop is $35 per person. Please register by Monday, February 4.  You may register by calling Gale Kohler at CCE of Albany County. Gale’s number is:  518-765-3579.  You can also email Gale at gek4@cornell.edu .  

This 6-hour training program focuses on pre-disaster education and preparedness, covering key topics such as:

  • Farm equipment safety on the road
  • Barn fire and structure collapse prevention
  • Minimizing storm damage, coping with power outages, and maintaining continuity of farm operations during community disasters
  • Reducing criminal activity and stored chemical risks
  • Enhancing livestock handling and biosecurity.

 Participants are expected to complete all five sections, by listening to a presentation, participating in discussion questions, and making notes about what they intend to inspect and modify back on the farm.

Participating farms should be able to withstand a farm emergency with a higher level of resiliency. We expect this will lead to fewer overall insurance claims among participating farms, a safer and more secure food supply, and farm families that have a greater sense of readiness for unknown disasters.

Several farm insurance companies in New York are acknowledging this program and will provide an incentive for farm owners to participate. Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate training will receive a dated certificate to provide to their insurer. The certificate may be a condition of eligibility for receiving a more favorable farm insurance policy review or a discount on the farm’s annual insurance premium. The economic value of the recognition or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances.

February 7, 2013 Basic Farm Business Management Planning 6:00-8:30 p.m. at CCE-Washington Cty. 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY. Helping your farm business achieve success. Registration is $25. For more info contact Gale at 518-765-3500 or Sandy Buxton 518-380-1498 or sab22@cornell.edu.

Feb 10-12, 2013 ‘It Takes a Region’ Conference Rescheduled Due to Hurricane Sandy, the NESAWG conference was postponed. Originally scheduled for October 28-30, 2012, the Hurricane, road closures, and a state-of-emergency declaration convinced us to reschedule.  Please note that we are working with the hotel to apply fees to the rescheduled event and to negotiate a favorable reimbursement arrangement for those of you who are no longer able to attend. You should be receiving an update on both of these matters from us shortly. Thank you for your patience!

Also, please note that the conference workshops and time slots posted here are subject to change.  We will be working with workshop facilitators and presenters, and will post changes as needed.  We expect to stay close to the original content and schedule. Please stay tuned, and thanks again for your patience! Visit http://www.nefood.org/ for more updated information.

February 11th, 2013 Lake George Fruit School, Lake George NY. Call Kevin Iungerman at 518-885-8995 for more info.

February 12, 2013   17th Annual North Country Crop Congress with an Agribusiness Trade Show at the Ramada Inn, 6300 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Conference cost: $20 if paid by February 8, 2013 or $25 at the door. To pay online go to: http://bit.ly/SY8GBt or Registration by phone (Visa and Mastercard accepted): (315) 788-8450 Ext. 254. If you choose to mail your payment please make check payable to: CCE Jefferson Co. and send to CCE Jefferson County, 203 North Hamilton St. Watertown, NY 13601. NYS DEC Pesticide Recertification and Certified Crop Adviser Credits have been approved for this conference. You must arrive by 10:30 a.m. and stay for the entire program to receive these credits.

February 12-13, 2013, Hudson Valley Tree Fruit School, Kingston, NY. Call Mike Fargione at 845-691-7117 or mjf22@cornell.edu for more info.

February 13, 2013 Crop Congress at Miner Institute in Chazy, NY. For more info, call Dr. Eric Young at 518-846-7121 ext 113 or young@whminer.com .

Speakers include: Dr. Randy Shaver, UWisc-Madison on Shredlage; Dr. Bill Cox, Cornell on Corn Production; Dr. Russ Hahn, Cornell on Weed Control.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Top 10 Trends & Cool Tools in Social Media! with Julie Fox, Ohio State University. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop.

This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what’s working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.

February 14, 2013, Hudson Valley Grape & Berry School, Kingston, NY. Call Steve Hoying

February 26, 2013 – Winter Dairy Management – Managing Your Dairy with Resiliency – from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CCE-Orange County office in Middletown, NY. This Cornell University road show of experts will provide information on reproduction, LED lighting on cows, cow comfort, and dairy modernization.  There will be FSA Borrower training production credits available. For more information, please call Jen Simpson, CCE-Orange County at 845-344-1234 or jks236@cornell.edu .

February 27, 2013 – Winter Dairy Management – Managing Your Dairy with Resiliency – from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CCE- Saratoga County office, 50 West High St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Registration cost is $15/person, call to register call 315-866-7920 or mail to: CCE Herkimer, 5657 Ste Rte 5, Herkimer, NY 13350 or email Herkimer@cornell.edu .

This Cornell University road show of experts will provide information on reproduction, LED lighting on cows, cow comfort, and dairy modernization.  There will be FSA Borrower training production credits available. For more information, please call Dave Balbian, CCE-CNY Dairy & Field Crops Team at 518-312-3592.

February 28, 2013 – Winter Dairy Management – Managing Your Dairy with Resiliency – from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Tally Ho Restaurant, 14 Main St (Rte 20) in Richfield Springs, NY. Registration cost is $15/person, call to register call 315-866-7920 or mail to: CCE Herkimer, 5657 Ste Rte 5, Herkimer, NY 13350 or email Herkimer@cornell.edu  .

This Cornell University road show of experts will provide information on reproduction, LED lighting on cows, cow comfort, and dairy modernization.  There will be FSA Borrower training production credits available. For more information, please call Dave Balbian, CCE-CNY Dairy & field Crops Team at 518-312-3592.

February 27, 2013 Lawn and Landscape Training at Washington County CCE office, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839. For More information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu or 518-765-3513 or David Chinery at dhc3@cornell.edu or 518- 272-4210.

This meeting will highlight current issues challenging the lawn care and landscape industry.  Topics such as European crane fly identification, Boxwood Blight, new weed control products, Impatiens Downy Mildew, Hemlock Woolly Alegid and control of Canadian geese on managed properties will be covered. 

February 27, 2013, Capital District Annual Vegetable and Small Fruit Winter Meeting, Albany, NY. Call Laura McDermott 518-746-2562 or lgm4@cornell.edu for more info.

MARCH
March 5-7, 2013 Farmers Market Manager Training Conference – “The Science of Farmers Markets”  The conference will be hosted by the Ithaca Farmers Market and held at La Tourelle Resort and August Moon Spa in Ithaca. Register now for “The Science of Farmers Markets” conference in Ithaca, March 5-7. Download the agenda and registration form at http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/work-shop-programs/annual-conference-ditto-with-the-annual-conference/program.html. For more information, contact the Federation office at 315-637-4690 or email deggert@nyfarmersmarket.com.

The conference will focus on the operating issues of farmers markets.  Topics will include food safety, crisis management, working with market volunteers, understanding your consumers, financing your market, assessing your market’s economic impact and working with a board of directors.   A panel discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss issues with experienced managers who can answer your questions.  There’s also a session to help you find all the resources you need to make your market a success.

The conference will break mid-week for a tour through Cornell University. This tour will look at facilities and labs that are in operation and under construction to help educate New York’s farmers be up-to-date on new techniques and innovative in the creation of new value-added products. The University is there to support local agriculture, directly and through the Cooperative Extension system. Learn what Cornell is doing to keep New York agriculture on the cutting edge so that you can bring this vital information back to your farmers.

“Bring a Friend to Conference” is a new feature, encouraging new conference attendees.   Individuals who bring a friend to register for the full conference are eligible for a $50 rebate. We hope to encourage everyone to spread the word about the conference and capture the interest of many who have not taken advantage of this exciting opportunity.  Contact the Federation office for complete details regarding the program.

March 5, 6 & 19, 2013 CNLP (Certified Nursery Landscape Professional) Review Session with Cornell Cooperative Extension – Albany County, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186.A 2-day review session and exam. Topics include botany, soils, and plant identification. This review session will prepare students for the CNLP exam. Registration required. For more information about the training and the CNLP program, contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu and 518-765-3513.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series hosts a free presentation on Pinterest for Your Business! Tara Gross, owner of Country Drawers and Connie Hancock of University of Nebraska Extension. All webinars air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop.

Learn how to better utilize Pinterest for your business/ Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by giving Facebook and maybe Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. Presenters will introduce what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business. They will also discuss setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards. Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Nebraska and Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.

March 22, 2013 Pesticide Recertification Day with CCE at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, (Route 9), Latham, NY 12110. Learn the latest on pesticide use, safety, and pest management for the upcoming season. This program features up to 6 DEC recertification credits. Morning sessions offer core credits and afternoon sessions offer category specific credits for 3a,1a,7a and private categories as well. Registration required. For more information contact Chuck Schmitt at cds34@cornell.edu

March 27-28, 2013 Adirondack North Country Assoc.(ANCA) Buyers Days at Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Registration fee. For more info contact Melissa Hart at mhart@adirondack.org , 518-891-6200 or visit www.adirondack.org . A location to help local artisans and value-added producers to connect with local businesses actively looking for products.

APRIL
April 10, 2013 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference presented by PRO-Dairy & Northeast Ag & Feed Alliance in Syracuse, NY. For more info, contact Heather Darrow at 607-255-4478 or hh96@cornell.edu .

Program topics include: Recent research on hypocalcemia and immunity; group feeding of calves; economics of farm; advances in corn silage with national speakers.

April 12, 2013 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference presented by PRO-Dairy & Northeast Ag & Feed Alliance in West Lebanon, NH. For more info, contact Heather Darrow at 607-255-4478 or hh96@cornell.edu .

Program topics include: Recent research on hypocalcemia and immunity; group feeding of calves; economics of farm; advances in corn silage with national speakers.

Opportunities

For Sale:  John Deere Model 158 Front End Loader with 96″ bucket and quick attach, $3,000.

                    Complete John Deere hydraulic front assist axle including lines and fittings, $2,500.

                    518-642-1697

 For Sale: Anderson Yogurt Filler for Sale In working order. Set to fill plastic pint and quarts.  Refirbished electric entrance. Approved for use in NYS $15,000 or B/O Argyle Cheese Farmer  e-mail: cheeseplanning@yahoo.com

Hay for sale – 3x3x8 bales large, square 1000 lb bales. Good quality, stored in barn at harvest. Priced by cutting, delivery available by charge, based in Washington County. Call 518-796-3988.

 2013 SABA Beginner Beekeeping Classes: Jan 9,16,23,30; Feb 6, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

     The Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) has gathered local experts and Master Beekeepers to teach a class geared toward new beekeepers and those who have had bees for a while but still need instruction.
      If you’ve been thinking about honey bees, here’s a class for you. If you might start with bees in spring 2013, now is the time to find out if beekeeping is right for you. You’ll learn how to buy and assemble equipment, where to place your hives, how to acquire bees, how to care for your growing colonies and how to prevent, identify and treat diseases. Though the first summer’s honey is mainly left for the bees to get through their first winter, harvesting will be touched upon briefly. Swarms, beeswax, flowers, queens, stings and more. The goal of this class is to help you begin beekeeping more confidently than if you were on your own.
     Class size is limited. The dates are January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County, 50 West High St., Ballston Spa. The sixth and final class (open hive) will be in the spring; date and location to be announced. The fee for the classes is $80, which includes six classes, books, handouts, and a one year SABA membership. To register and/or for more information, visit SABA’s website at http://www.adirondackbees.org.

The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Sammataro and Avitabile) and Hive Management (Bonney) are required texts. Couples or family members in the same house who take the class together can share books. Your books will be sent to you after you register. If you have any questions, please contact one of the organizers of this class: Anne Frey, annef@capital.net; Ian Munger, beekeeper@bluelinehoney.com.

 

 
For Sale: 100+ aluminum IRRIGATION PIPES. 4” X 40’ with Rainbird sprinkler heads and brass shut-offs. These are Champion Pipes with hook and latch system. Also includes metal header pipes and end caps and corners. SACRIFICE $6,500. Very anxious seller. Want to move before winter! Located ARGYLE, NY- CALL (518)638-9000.

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2013 Catskill Regional Agriculture conference

Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference

Friday Jan 18           SUNY Delhi

Click here for a pdf of the conference schedule

Conference registration opens at 9:30 a.m.  At 10:00 a.m., participants can attend one of two EARLY-BIRD SESSIONS; Understanding Risk Management or Pasture Renovation and Weed Control.

 At 11:00 AM choose any of the four concurrent tracks begin; Dairy, Livestock, and Grazing tracks, along with a newly added Vegetable track.

  • The DAIRY track sessions on milk quality and amino acid nutrition will feature presentations by Armand Dragon, national dairy specialist with IBA, and Dr. Charles Schwab, Professor Emeritus University of New Hampshire and internationally renowned amino acid nutrition researcher. 
  • The LIVESTOCK track sessions will focus on facilities for raising multiple species, presented by Jim Hayes. CCE marketing specialist, Matt LeRoux will be speaking on marketing livestock products and Jodie Kubiak and Dan Stone from Adirondack Grazers Cooperative will be speaking on beef cooperatives.
  • The GRAZING track will feature Karen Hoffman, NRCS resource conservationist; helping grazers understand forage quality while Tricia Park from Creekside Meadows Farm share her experience raising swine on pasture. Also, a panel of Catskill farmers will speak on making daily grazing decisions.
  • The VEGETABLE track will include winter rye for weed control and low-cost tunnels for late season production, presented by Judson Reid and Robert Hadad, CCE vegetable specialists. Jim Barber will speak on retail marketing
  • the LOCAL FOOD LUNCEON  will feature Patrick Hooker, Empire State Development. Hooker will discuss the future for New York agriculture, exploring the opportunities and challenges facing the industry in the coming decades.

Registration is open now:

Fee before January 14, $25 (includes local foods lunch)  

Late registration or at the door, $35 (includes lunch only if available)

You must pre-register to guarantee lunch

Click here to Register online today  (you can now pay online with your credit card)

For more information or to register by phone call Kim Holden at 607-865-7090