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March 11, 2012

Farm briefs: March 11, 2012

Forestry initiative offers funding in New York

MALONE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing federal funding to assist New York forest land owners with conservation management under the New England-New York Forestry Initiative.

New York is one of seven states participating in this special initiative, through which funding is made available to implement conservation practices on private forest land throughout New England and New York.

"The main goal of this effort is to promote quality forest stewardship and conservation among private forest landowners," USDA Conservationist Carrie Mosley said. "Besides providing many economic benefits in New York State, forests are home to diverse communities of fish and wildlife. Through sound planning and management, our goal is to help private landowners keep forests as forests."

Forest land owners who would like assistance are encouraged to call or visit their local USDA Service Center by March 23, the current funding cut-off date, to submit an application and complete the necessary paperwork to establish their eligibility. USDA Service Centers are listed at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department.

More information is available on the New York NRCS website at www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov.

Each state, in consultation with local, state, regional and tribal partners, has identified priority resource concerns and core conservation practices. In New York, these include the development and implementation of forest management plans, forest stand improvement and erosion control on forest trails and landings.

Seminar focuses on winter vegetable crops

WILLSBORO — In spite of the cold climate, there is an impressive array of food that can be produced and made available locally. Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a program on winter crop options for vegetable growers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in Willsboro.

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