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January 26, 2014

Farm briefs: Jan. 26, 2014

Climate impact on agenda for Crop Congress

CHAZY — The impact of climate change on Northern New York agriculture is on the agenda of the 2014 North Country Crop Congress scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy.

Dr. Allison Chatrchyan, the new director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, will present thoughts on the impact climate change and variable weather will have on Northern New York farming systems in the near and distant future. 

Chatrchyan will present historic climate data and suggest how local farmers may integrate climate change into farm-system planning for reduction of risk and seize the production opportunities the changing climate may present.

The annual 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crop Congress educational programs also include Dr. Russ Hahn of Cornell University.  Hahn, a Crop and Soil Sciences professor, will provide his latest research findings on herbicide-resistant weeds, mixed grass-legume seedings using Round-Up Ready alfalfa and some timely aspects of acetochlor herbicide. 

Dr. Quirine Ketterings, director of the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program, will share the latest results of double crop forage research trials on farms across New York State. 

Mike Hunter, a Northern New York Field Crops specialist with C.C.E. in Jefferson and Lewis counties, will discuss late-season forage planting alternatives.

Anita Figueras, a Farm Business Management specialist with C.C.E. St. Lawrence County, will present the latest crop insurance options.

A hot lunch will be available for $5, which also includes a small trade show. Pre-registration is encouraged, call 846-7121.

Poultry Panel to discuss opportunities for farmers

MALONE — To help Northern New York farmers who are increasing their poultry, primarily chicken, production, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of St. Lawrence County is offering a Poultry Marketing, Do We Need to Work Together? panel discussion Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The discussion by a live panel at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton will be broadcast that night to CCE-hosted sites in Malone and Watertown and by pre-registration only in Westport.

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