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March 2, 2014

Farm briefs: March 2, 2014


For more information and to register for the $5 strawberry-production workshops, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticultural Specialist Amy Ivy at 561-7450,

Pre-season farmers market training offered

KEESEVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension will present pre-season farmers-market training to help North Country growers develop their salesmanship, labor management, social-media skills and compliance with food-safety regulations.

Sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will help growers create a compelling personal story to connect to consumers. To grow to the next level, many farmers need to learn how to comply with legal requirements for adding a farm labor force. To expand beyond family labor, this is critical.

How to reap sales from Facebook and the latest information on how to meet federal Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for the prevention of food contamination are also on the workshop agenda.

The training will take place as follows:

March 15 in Keeseville at the AuSable Valley Grange, register with Laurie Davis, 962-4810,;

April 5 in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, register with Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192,, and;

April 12 in Malone at the 911 Emergency Services Building, register with Rick LeVitre, 483-7403,

The $20 cost to attend includes lunch. The Northern New York region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties has more than 37 community-based farmers markets. Consumers can find farmers markets in those counties on the Adirondack Harvest website at In August 2012, the New York State Comptrollers Office reported that the number of farmers markets statewide has doubled since 2000.

Effort to boost apple exports becomes law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a push by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Bill Owens, apple exports from New York State to Canada are now moving at a swifter, more cost-effective pace because of a measure included in the Farm Bill. Last week, the first shipment of apples that were not subject to inspection crossed the border without incident.

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