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February 19, 2012

Farm briefs: Feb. 19, 2012

Sustainable horticulture webinar to be held

PLATTSBURGH — A sustainable horticulture webinar focusing on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) will be held from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension-Clinton County office located at 6064 Route 22, No. 5, Plattsburgh.

The cost is $10 per person. Call or email Amy Ivy to register at adi2@cornell.edu or 561-7450. The program includes:

▶ BMSB Identification and Management. Cornell University Entomologist and BMSB specialist Peter Jentsch will outline the arrival, ID and management of the pest and what it means for landscape professionals.

▶ Emerald Ash Borer Natural History, Detection and Community Action Plan. Cornell University entomologist and EAB specialist Mark Whitmore will discuss the identification and natural history of EAB and what communities can do to prepare for this pending pest.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation credits are available.

Northern New York pasture meetings set

PLATTSBURGH — The Northern New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Team and the Adirondack North Country Association will present their annual Northern New York Pasture Meeting Series Feb. 22 through 25.

Dave Roberts, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's New York State grazing lands specialist, will be the guest speaker.

Livestock and dairy producers can use the various grazing systems and techniques that Roberts will discuss for improving pastures, which in turn impacts production and farm profitability.

"Producers can apply different techniques to accomplish different goals, for example increasing the number of livestock their land resource can support, decreasing labor, improving soil quality and maximizing forage production to improve animal quality," Roberts said.

He will cover the pros and cons of such techniques as tall-grass grazing, mob grazing, creep grazing and season extension.

A variety of speakers, including Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and Soil and Water Conservation District staff will discuss such topics as how to develop a farm pasture plan at no cost, grazing sheep and cattle together, bale grazing and how winter pasture management impacts forage quality, animal growth and weed control the following spring.

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