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March 24, 2013

Farm briefs: March 24, 2013

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A program called Marketing New York Farm Products to Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers will be held Thursday, April 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the  Extension Learning Farm, CCE St. Lawrence, 2043B St. Highway 68, Canton.

Seven workshops will be held throughout New York State, each designed to bring B&B innkeepers together with farmers with products for sale. The project’s goal is to give innkeepers and farmers a chance to meet, get acquainted, encourage transactions and, finally, to promote these opportunities in the future in a systematic way.

Each Bed and Breakfast owner will takes home a gift basket that could include jams and jellies, processed meat and grain products, flowers and produce in-season, or any kind of product or information on agritourism or services from New York farms. Project collaborators include the Empire State Bed and Breakfast Association, the New York State Small Scale Food Processors, and Northern Organic Farming Association of New York.

A Lambing and Kidding Clinic will be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more details contact Betsy Hodge.

Senate budget plan includes local ag funding

ALBANY — The New York State Senate Budget proposal includes $500,000 for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program that conducts innovative research, best-management practices, outreach and technical-assistance projects in the state’s six northernmost counties, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin, Essex and Clinton.

“The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, the steering committee of North Country farmers from across the region, and the farm businesses we serve are pleased to see the Senate budget that recognizes how critical agriculture is to the Northern New York economy and to the state economy,” said NNYADP Co-Chair Jon Greenwood, a dairy farmer in St. Lawrence County.

NNYADP Co-Chair Joe Giroux, a dairy farmer in Clinton County, said the program has provided the means for farmers to access the best academic and field research expertise to solve problems such as alfalfa snout beetle, to develop new farm-based enterprises such as bioenergy crops, and to enhance agricultural environmental stewardship through precision targeting of nutrients, fertilizer and manure resources.

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