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July 29, 2012

Farm Briefs: July 29, 2012


This 28-page guide contains sections on the 1,000-bird limit exemption, where a producer can legally sell birds; labeling requirements; sanitary operating procedures; and several appendices, such as a sample flock-record log and a questionnaire that an insurance company may use to assess knowledge of safe poultry-processing practices.

The guide is available either by PDF or for viewing online at the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website.

Lynn Bliven, ag and natural resources team coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, was a leader of the project. Clarence Davis of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets helped interpret and clarify the regulations and policies.

For more small-farm news and information, visit For beginning farmer support, visit

Farm Bureau exhibits featured at Empire Farm Days

SENECA FALLS — One of several new exhibits at the Farm Bureau Family Center at the Aug. 7-9 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls shines a light on New York sheep and cabbage production.

The Wheel of Agriculture knowledge game has been updated with new questions with a special focus on sheep and cabbage and special prizes. Another new exhibit features the diversity of careers to be found in the agricultural industry.

New York Farm Bureau’s insurance partner, Nationwide, is providing a special safety-education center exhibit that will complement the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) showcase that is part of the Farm Bureau Family Center complex. Staff from NYCAMH will be in the center with interactive farm-hazards displays and ergonomic tools, including prototypes being tested on farms in New York. Daily prize drawings and farm-safety coloring books for the children will be offered.

The complex also includes the Dryden Sertoma Club offering free hearing screenings. Anyone who operates a tractor will want to pick up information on rollover protection and the ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) rebate program that offers up to $865 toward the cost of retrofitting a tractor with the safety feature.

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