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October 27, 2013

Farm briefs: Oct. 27, 2013

Extension meeting honors contribution to agriculture

PLATTSBURGH — The annual meeting and dinner of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Clinton County will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Butcher Block Banquet Room on Route 3 in Plattsburgh at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s program will honor Joe Giroux as the 2013 Friend of Extension in Clinton County. The guest speaker, David Smith, professor emeritus from Cornell, will highlight Giroux’s leadership of the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program.

After dinner, volunteers including board and committee members, 4-H leaders and master gardener volunteers will be recognized, and there will be an election of directors and appointment of program committee members.

The public is invited to attend and participate. The cost of dinner is $35 per person. Reservations and payment are needed at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office by Wednesday, Nov. 6. Dinner is at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The public is also welcome to attend the meeting only at 7:30 p.m. for no charge. For more information or to make reservations, call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 561-7450.

Miner Institute to host annual Dairy Challenge

CHAZY — More than 120 students from 14 colleges and universities across the Northeast and Canada are expected to attend the 2013 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge this year hosted by William H. Miner Agricultural Institute in Chazy. The three-day event is a hands-on educational opportunity to prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.

This year’s event will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. The program is designed to create an educational environment and facilitate a real-world dairy-team situation. To accomplish this, students are placed on mixed-university teams. The Dairy Challenge strives to incorporate a higher-learning atmosphere with practical application to help prepare students for careers in the dairy industry.

Students will arrive on Thursday evening, Oct. 31, and participate in event orientation and team-building activities. On Friday, students travel to one of three host farms to conduct an evaluation of the operation. Teams of students then develop a comprehensive program for their host farm including recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management.

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