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March 24, 2013

Farm briefs: March 24, 2013

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“This seminar focuses on an emerging sector of the biomass heating experience and highlights grass energy as a local source of renewable fuel and a complement to heating with wood,” said Alice Brumbach, administrator of the New York Biomass Energy Alliance.

The alliance is one of the lead sponsors of the event with the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Farm Credit East, the Catskill Grass Energy Project and Ernst Conservation Seeds.

Attendees can network with regional experts and come away with the knowledge of what it takes to grow crop biomass and a better understanding of the opportunities to use it for heating institutional buildings, commercial and agricultural spaces and homes.

The Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar is open to the public. Online registration and the program agenda are available at http://www.nebiomassheat.com/events.php.

In its 5th year, the expo unites a diverse audience from the engineering, biomass fuel, supply chain, developer, manufacturer and government sectors to break barriers and ground for biomass thermal and combined heat and power systems. The interactive event includes exhibits, panel discussions and technical workshops for engineers, emphasizing practical learning and real project case studies.

For more information, visit www.nebiomassheat.com.

Training sessions scheduled by Extension

MALONE — Pre-season market trainings are now being scheduled by Cooperative Extension.

Topics include Am I Covered? — Insurance for Direct Marketers, How Much is Enough?; Going Mobile — Using Your Smart Phone to Accept Credit Cards; and Using Social Media to Promote Your Farm Business.

Sessions will be held in Franklin County Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 911 Building, 55 Bare Hill Road, Malone. To register, call 483-7403. A cost of $15 includes lunch and materials.

Integrated Pest Management/FAMACHA Training for Small Ruminants will be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paul Smiths College at a cost of $30 per farm. Attendees will learn how to manage parasites on small ruminant operations, how to do fecal egg counts with a microscope and how to check animals to determine treatment. Register with Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192, bmf9@cornell.edu; or Rose Bartniss at rosesgoats@gmail.com. Attendees can pay at the door.

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