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March 3, 2013

Farm briefs: March 3, 2013

Pre-season market training offered by Cooperative Extension

KEESEVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pre-Season Market Trainings are coming up to get everyone ready for the farming season.

Sessions will be offered in Clinton/Essex County Saturday, March 16, at the Ausable Valley Grange, 1749 Main Street in Keeseville, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and in Franklin County Saturday, March 30, at the 911 Building, 55 Bare Hill Road, Malone, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics offered include the following:

▶ “Am I Covered? — Insurance for Direct Marketers, How Much is enough?” Star Bashaw from Nationwide Insurance will answer questions about insurance and provide practical tips all direct marketers need to know.

▶ “Going Mobile — Using Your Smart Phone to Accept Credit Cards.” This will explore the different services, features, fees, security of transactions and much more. A panel of farmers who have already gone mobile will share their experiences using this technology.

▶ “Using Social Media to Promote Your Farm Business — There Are Options Out There, How Do You Choose the Best One for You?” Bernadette Logozar from CCE Franklin County will go over the options and provide tips on selecting what to integrate into market strategy.

▶ “On-line marketing & Branding.” Daniel Rivera, Adirondack Farmer Dan, will discuss getting your product out there. He has been working to establish an online community to foster sharing, discussions and networking among customers, farmers, chefs and foodies in the Adirondack North Country region.

There is a $15 fee with lunch included. For more information or to register for the Clinton/Essex Session, contact Laurie Davis, 962-4810, Ext. 404, or email her at lsd22@cornell.edu.

For the Franklin County session, contact CCE Franklin County at 483-7403, email bel7@cornell.edu or send a message via Facebook www.facebook.com/CCEFranklin. 

Equine conference to be held at Miner Institute

CHAZY — EquiDay 2013 at Miner Institute in Chazy is a day-long symposium on horse topics and a mini-expo to launch the spring season in the North Country.

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