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February 26, 2012

Farm briefs: Feb. 26, 2012

Seminar offered to direct-marketing farmers

KEESEVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a training session for anyone involved in direct marketing of food, even those who are trying to decide if market vending is right for them.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Ausable Valley Grange, 1749 Main Street in Keeseville.

Bernadette Logozar, CCE Franklin County and regional local-foods specialist for Northern New York, and Laurie Davis, CCE Essex County educator and Adirondack Harvest coordinator, will lead sessions on New Food Safety Recommendations as well as Spicing Up Your Farmstand or Farmers Market.

The workshop is open to the public. There is a charge of $15, which includes lunch. For more information or to pre-register, call Sharon at 962-4810, Ext. 0, or email es sex@cornell.edu.

Alfalfa snout beetle control workshop set

MALONE — Cornell Cooperative Extensions (CCE) of Northern New York will offer free hands-on trainings on the on-farm rearing and application of nematodes to control alfalfa snout beetle (ASB).

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is providing funds for the workshop that will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14 in Malone. The workshop will include lunch.

In areas where alfalfa snout beetle is unchecked, it is a highly destructive pest able to destroy an entire field of alfalfa in one season. Crop damage can be as much as $1,500 per acre for complete loss of a second-year stand of alfalfa harvested to feed dairy herds and as a cash crop.

Workshop participants will learn the farmer-friendly techniques for growing and applying native Northern New York nematodes as a biological control for ASB.

Participants will also receive a coupon to cover the cost of the nematodes for application to one field on their farm in 2012. Farmers will be responsible for applying the nematodes to their fields with guidance from local CCE educators.

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