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October 2, 2011

Farm Briefs: Oct. 2, 2011

Forage exchange program offered

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the New York Farm Bureau and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, has established the CCE Forage Exchange to assist farmers affected by the recent flooding.

It can be reached via the front page of the Main Cornell Cooperative Extension web page at http://cce.cornell.edu.

The Forage Exchange provides an electronic venue for farmers who have available feed and forage to post it and for farmers who need it to locate it. All transactions, including making arrangements for transportation, will take place between the farmers themselves.

Cooperative Extension educators and Farm Bureau staff across the state will be available to assist farmers in using the exchange.

Agencies to host storm-damage meeting

WESTPORT — On Wednesday at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Westport from 12:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a meeting bringing together agencies that can be of assistance to farmers and homeowners in need of relief and recovery efforts from the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Agricultural operations that have suffered damage to crops, livestock, facilities, equipment, homes or land should attend.

This meeting has been designed to offer Agricultural Operations the opportunity to access several agencies in one place and to allow them to discuss the disaster-relief efforts being carried out now.

Representatives from the State Emergency Management Operation, Bill Emanatian; Farm Services Agency, Jennifer Bosley; Farm Bureau, Bill Hamilton; Soil and Water Conservation District, Dave Reckahn; Essex County Emergency Services, Don Jaquish; and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, Anita Deming will be on hand to help answer questions and direct participants to programs within the disaster relief efforts that best fit their needs. Forms will be available to sign if the program will be of help.

Reporting and documentation need to be completed in a timely manner, so participants are asked to help get the word out to folks who can benefit by attending.

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