September 16, 2012

Farm briefs: Sept. 16, 2012

Franklin County conservation work group to meet 

MALONE — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold a Local Work Group meeting for Franklin County. This meeting is open to the public.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the USDA Service Center, 151 Finney Blvd., Malone.

The Local Work Group will focus on agricultural and natural-resource issues existing in the community. Participants can be agricultural producers, owners of nonindustrial private forest land, representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out environmental, agricultural or natural-resource conservation programs and activities.

For information about the State Technical Committee, contact Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Tammy Willis at (315) 477-6503.

Farm Bureau

offers scholarships

PLATTSBURGH — New York Farm Bureau is encouraging high-school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in this field to apply for the New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.

Scholarship awards are $1,500 for first place $1,200 for second and $1,000 for third place. The first-place winner will be invited to present their essay at a NYFB Spring Event.

Students applying must have a family Farm Bureau membership or a Student Farm Bureau membership (a membership application may be included with scholarship enclosures). Students are required to submit a brief essay answering the question, “If you had the power to change something in your community or on your farm, what would you change and why?”

District winners will be notified on or before Jan. 18, 2013.

The application deadline is Nov. 18, 2012. To nominate someone for the scholarship or to request an application, call 1-800-342-4143 or visit http:/ and scroll down to “Farm Essentials” for scholarship information and the application.

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