June 1, 2014

Farm briefs: June 1, 2014

Extension continues ‘Farming in the Basin’ series

PERU — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are once again holding a summer series of farm meetings that will focus on lake-friendly farming practices and techniques. The next “Farming in the Basin” meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., at the Dimock Farms in Peru. 

Dr. Kim Morrill, regional dairy specialist, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Northern New York, will talk about the importance of water quality and cleanliness for dairy production.  Morrill is conducting a water quality study on local dairy farms across the North Country. The objectives of this project are to evaluate water quality on Northern New York dairy farms, evaluate how water quality impacts production parameters (milk & reproduction) and increase awareness on the importance of water quality on dairy farms.

Adam Robertson, a representative from Seedway LLC, will talk about new varieties of cover crops, when and how they are best used, cover crop mixes, tillage radish and annual ryegrass, and practical application. There are new options for fast seeding after corn harvest, as well as mid summer application for other varieties besides winter rye. He will also talk about what cover crops do for soil health and quality.

There is no cost for this meeting. To register, get directions or get more information, call CCE Clinton County at 561-7450 or e-mail Peter Hagar at


FSA accepting emergency loan applications

MALONE — Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties have been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster emergency loan assistance effective May 15 due to damages and losses caused by freezes that occurred Dec. 22, 2013, through April 17, 2014.

Family farmers who have suffered production losses of at least 30 percent of their production and physical losses due to freezes may be eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance and any FSA programs are taken into account when determining eligibility for production losses. Losses must be supported with documented records. 

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