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January 29, 2012

Farm briefs: Jan. 29, 2012

Crop Congress to be held at Miner

CHAZY — A Crop Congress will be held on Feb. 22 at Miner Center Auditorium, 586 Ridge Road, in Chazy.

Recertification credits for certified pesticide applicators and CCA credits will be available.

The schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m. — Registration and industry exhibits.

10 a.m. — Welcoming remarks and research update by Eric Young of Miner Institute.

10:15 a.m. — Update on weed control in corn from Russ Hahn of Cornell University.

11:15 a.m. — Alfalfa-grass management by Paul Peterson, University of Minnesota.

12:15 p.m. — Hot lunch available for $5 and door prizes courtesy of vendors.

1:15 p.m. — Weather and crop production, speaker TBA, Northeast Regional Climate.

2:15 p.m. — Record keeping on farms, Anita Deming, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Admission is free. The event is organized in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact Young at 846-7121, Ext. 113, or young@whminer.com.

Sign-up begins for USDA crop programs

PLATTSBURGH — According to U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Jennifer Bosley, sign-up for the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) begins now through June 1.

Farmers in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties who are interested in enrolling in these programs should contact their local FSA county office to set up an appointment to complete the signup process. Contracts need to be signed each year to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1.

The Clinton-Essex FSA Office is located at 6064 Route 22 in Plattsburgh or by phone at 561-4616, option 2. The Franklin County Farm Service Agency is located at 151 Finney Blvd., Malone, and can be reached by calling 483-2850 and selecting option 2. Information about DCP, ACRE and other FSA programs is also available at www.fsa.usda.gov/NY.

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