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March 3, 2013

Farm briefs: March 3, 2013

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On Saturday, March 16, the doors will open at 9 a.m. for free registration and refreshments with the speaker program starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. ending with a door-prize drawing. 

Dr. Brian Neilsen, a researcher and professor at Michigan State University, will speak on two topics. The first will be conditioning for show season and how to know you’re on target, and the second will be about growing young horses, appropriate nutrition and exercise. Rosemary Root, a dressage instructor and AQHA professional horsewoman, will join the forum from her New Horizons Farm in Essex Junction, Vt., to talk about Western Dressage. 

Adirondack Tack of Plattsburgh will once again put on a fashion show and describe the outfits for various disciplines. It’s a good time to find out the latest in what’s hot, what’s not, or simply what’s comfortable.

No matter the weather, the show will go on. EquiDay is held in the Miner Center building, recently renamed the Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center (BERC), at 586 Ridge Road, just west of Exit 41 off I-87. For more information, visit www.whminer.org or contact Karen Lassell at 846-7121, Ext. 120, or lassell@whminer.com.

Research helping vegetable growers evaluate soil

PLATTSBURGH — The total farm gate value for vegetables grown in New York’s six northernmost counties, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence, exceeds $11 million annually. To help fresh-market vegetable growers, the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has funded research and educational outreach on improving soil fertility. 

“Consumer interest in local foods is driving a dramatic increase in fresh-market vegetable production and sales in Northern New York,” said Amy Ivy, a horticulture educator and executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension for Clinton County.

“We have seen large increases in vegetable acres, up 38 percent, and vegetable farms, up 60 percent, since 2002,” said NNYADP Vegetable Fertility Project Leader Dr. Stephen Reiners of the Cornell University Department of Horticultural Sciences.

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