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August 12, 2012

Farm Briefs: Aug. 12, 2012

Christmas tree production topic of meeting

WEST CHAZY — Growing Christmas trees is a popular, small-to-large-scale enterprise in the North Country. There are a few steps growers should take to ensure good quality trees that will yield the greatest profit.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County is holding a grower field meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in West Chazy. The featured speaker will be Dr. Betsy Lamb from the New York Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. Topics to be covered include planting and establishment considerations, troubleshooting, plantation maintenance, pest updates, plus time for questions and comments.

The program is free and open to the public. It will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Jim Gonyo’s Hill Top Farm, 7256 Route 22, West Chazy, about six miles north of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office. To register or for more information, contact Amy Ivy at adi2@cornell.edu or call 561-7450. All who register will be informed of any last-minute schedule changes. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

Grape entrepreneur receives agriculture grant

MORRISONVILLE — Grape grower and winemaker Richard Lamoy has received his third Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE) grant in support of innovative cold-hardy grape research at his Hid-In-Pines Vineyard in Morrisonville.

Lamoy is an entrepreneur who has converted his volunteerism with the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program-funded grape research trials at the Cornell University Willsboro Research Farm into his own successful vineyard and winery business. He established his vineyard in 2006. He received his first NESARE grant to conduct grapevine training trials research at his three-acre vineyard in 2009.

“I am using techniques learned through the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program trials at Willsboro and sharing some I have developed to help strengthen Northern New York’s grape and wine industry,” Lamoy said.

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