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June 9, 2013

Farm briefs: June 9, 2013

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SENECA FALLS — The 2013 Empire Farm Days is set for August 6 through 8 with new attractions for all agricultural interests. This is the 26th year the Lott family has hosted the Northeast’s largest outdoor agricultural show that fills 300 acres with the latest equipment, educational seminars, demonstrations, test driving and ask-the-experts opportunities. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free; parking is $10.

For the dairy-minded, the 2013 Dairy Profit Seminars are focused on the next generation of young dairy operators, robotic milking technology and how to measure, monitor and improve cow comfort. The free seminars start at 10:30 a.m. and are open to the public at the Empire Farm Days Dairy Seminar Center. Industry updates from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council and the Beef Checkoff Program will be offered, and a picnic lunch follow immediately. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the 2013 class of Junior Dairy Leaders graduate with presentations of their experiences with the hands-on program for 16-to-19-year-old youth interested in learning about career opportunities in the dairy industry.

Dairy operators interested in learning more about how to comply with farm-worker housing requirements can take advantage of the new mini-seminars on farm labor offered by the New York State Department of Labor daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. New York State Agriculture Labor Specialists Parker Filer and Laura Tramontana will also address how to use forms developed specifically to assist agricultural employers in complying with New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act. 

New product exhibits will feature everything from one-piece group hutches for calves and a natural fine-texture agricultural lime for balancing soil pH to cover crop seeders, large capacity mixing wagons, LED lighting, and the latest in smart remote control technology.

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