November 18, 2012

Farm briefs: Nov. 18, 2012


Members of the public, including consumers interested in food and farming issues, gardeners, farmers, policy makers, restaurant owners, and social service agency leaders are encouraged to attend, with registration packages available for partial days as well as the entire event. Early bird discounts are available through Dec. 11.

“The 2013 Winter Conference will focus on the resilience demonstrated and needed by the state’s organic farmers in the face of economic and environmental upheaval. From recovering from the crop devastation experienced from recent hurricanes and droughts, to the challenges of continuing to farm when land can easily be sold to developers or for natural gas, this conference will focus on how our organic farmers demonstrate resilience every day,” said Kate Mendenhall, executive director of NOFA-NY.

To help make this event more affordable for farmers, NOFA-NY will offer scholarships to beginning and experienced farmers. Scholarship applications (due Dec. 3 by noon) and more details about the application process are available at Contact Rachel with questions at (585) 271-1979, Ext. 511, or

Child care is available for children 3 to 5 years old, and a children’s conference with special activities for young people is open for ages 6 to 13.

Beef winter feed program rescheduled

PLATTSBURGH — The Northern New York Winter Feed Management Program for beef producers postponed by Hurricane Sandy impacts downstate has been reset for Tuesday. 

The impact of all types of weather on feed crops will be part of the discussion broadcast by teleconference link among the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Canton, Malone, Plattsburgh, Watertown and Westport. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Due to weather-related crop losses in 2012, farmers may need to consider buying feed this year or consider selling stock. CCE Livestock Educators Ron Kuck and Betsy Hodge will talk about the merits of keeping feeder stock or selling them now, how to buy feed if needed, and how to improve storage to improve feeding efficiency. 

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