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February 2, 2014

Farm briefs: Feb. 2, 2014

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Compared to 2007, at 234 million pounds, production has nearly tripled. As a result, New York became the number-one producer of yogurt in the country in 2012.

American Farmland Trust adds staff members

SARATOGA SPRINGS — American Farmland Trust (AFT) has added two new staff members to expand its capacity in New York State to help transition farms to the next generation and promote new markets for local agricultural products through its Farm To Institution New York State initiative, according to David Haight, New York state director for AFT.

Tim Biello joins AFT as New York field representative working to facilitate the successful transition of farms to the next generation, coordinating farmland access and farm transfer training programs for farmers, landowners and professionals. Specifically, he will oversee the development of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and associated website.

Glenda Neff joins AFT as the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) initiative coordinator and senior field adviser. FINYS is a partnership of agriculture, economic development and public-health interests working to scale up local food economies by expanding the volume of food grown in New York that is served in institutions such as colleges, hospitals and schools. 

AFT’s New York State office is located at 112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, and can be contacted by calling 581-0078 or emailing newyork@farmland.org.

The American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.

For information on American Farmland Trust’s work in New York, visit www.farmland.org/newyork and Facebook:www.facebook.com/AmericanFarmlandtrustny.

Program funding dairy-cow corn substitute analysis

CHAZY — Northern New York farmers are interested in properly and cost-effectively feeding their dairy cows. To help them evaluate economically feasible replacements for corn grain in dairy rations, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has provided funding to the William H. Miner Agricultural Institute to conduct a comprehensive inventory and analysis of accessible and appropriate dairy diet substitute products.

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