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March 24, 2013

Farm briefs: March 24, 2013

Ward Lumber in Jay to host Poultry Night

JAY — Ward Lumber is hosting a free Poultry Night at their Jay store on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested in raising chickens.

There will be three panel speakers. Tyler Eaton from Blue Pepper Farm in Jay has a background in ecology and teaches at Northwood School in Lake Placid. Tyler and his wife, Shannon, have raised hundreds of meat birds over the past three seasons. They now sell pastured, organically fed (Green Mountain) chicken.

Tyler has experience with the day-range model along with their current chicken-tractor pasturing system and will discuss both. He will cover meat birds from day one through harvest. Mike Tholen, farm manager at North Country School in Lake Placid, has many years of experience in all types of livestock and has been an environmental educator. He will be covering laying hens. Eric Dutil is the family owner of Green Mountain Feeds, which focuses on organic feeds. He has done poultry research and will be sharing some of his knowledge at Poultry Night.

Topics will include an overview of poultry, meat chickens, laying hens and organic feed options. The event is free, and there will also be free pizza and refreshments. To register, go to WardLumber.com or call Kim at 946-2110, Ext. 120.

Agriculture Biomass Heating Seminar set

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2nd annual Northeast Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar on April 3 at the City Center in Saratoga Springs will present project and business leaders from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ontario sharing experiences with agricultural biomass crops and combustion.

The seminar is part of the three-day Northeast Biomass Heating Expo, the largest biomass heating conference and expo in the region.

Seminar presentations will be offered on agricultural biomass fuels for heating such as grass, willow and crop residues; how to establish energy crops on marginal lands; and the densification, combustion, emissions and economics of crop biomass at residential and commercial scales. A mid-afternoon session will show the video Grass Fuels.

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