Cow comfort, equipment maintenance focus of class
MALONE — Cow comfort and equipment maintenance and how they impact milk quality will be in focus for the second session of the Northern New York Dairy Institute winter 2013-14 course. Hygiene and teat end scoring and heat stress abatement strategies are also part of the session organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Northern New York and Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS).
Speakers include Dr. Rick Watters of QMPS and Curt Gooch, a dairy facilities engineer with the Cornell PRO-Dairy Program.
The cost is $35 by pre-registration or $50 at the door for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. class, which is of interest to dairies of all types interested in improving opportunities for quality milk production premium income. FSA borrower credits are available.
The class will be offered for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties on Dec. 13 at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.
The pre-registration deadline is two weeks prior to the class session. To register, contact Northern New York Regional Dairy Specialist Kimberley Morrill at 564-0498, 315-379-9192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern New York Dairy Institute provides milk producers with access to the expertise of Cornell University faculty, regional and state veterinarians, Quality Milk Production Services lab specialists, agricultural facility engineers and others. Learn more about the dairy industry in Northern New York at www.ccenny.com.
Extension offering high-tunnel seminar
PLATTSBURGH — High tunnels not only extend the growing season in spring and fall, the protection they provide from wind, rain and weather extremes during the summer months results in greater yields, better quality and fewer pest problems.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is inviting anyone currently using a high tunnel or considering putting one up to attend Getting the Most from your High Tunnel. The same program will be held in two locations on different dates: Monday, Dec. 9, at the Visitor’s Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths near Saranac Lake; or Friday Dec. 13, at the CCE Office, 24 Martin Rd, Voorheesville near Albany. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This program is designed for commercial growers new to or considering high tunnels. All who are interested in improving their crop yield, quality and profitability by using high tunnels are welcome. NRCS cooperating farms are particularly encouraged to attend. Though focused on vegetable production, fruit producers will benefit from the site, structural and irrigation information.
Topics include: What to look for when selecting a tunnel; site considerations; which crops work for tunnels; best-management practices to improve profits; and growers’ perspectives, lessons learned.
Speakers include Judson Reid, vegetable specialist with the Cornell Vegetable Program; Chuck Bornt, Laura McDermott and Amy Ivy, specialists with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program; and Eastern New York growers with experience using high tunnels. DEC recertification credits have been applied for.
The cost of $25 per person includes lunch and resource materials. This program is funded in part by a Specialty Crops Research Initiative block grant through the New York State Department of Ag and Markets.
Registration is due by Wednesday, Dec. 4. For more information, contact Amy Ivy at email@example.com or 570-5991. To register, contact CCE in Clinton County at 561-7450, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://cce.cornell.edu/Clinton and click on event registrations to register online.
Elfs Farm winery releases new vintage red wine
PLATTSBURGH — Elfs Farm Winery and Cider House released their 2013 Adirondack Nouveau on Nov. 23. This one-of-a-kind red wine is the first produced from the 2013 harvest.
The wine is made from the highest quality grapes, hand-picked and sorted to ensure only the best quality fruit is used. Elfs Farm’s estate grown Marquette grapes were harvested only weeks ago from their high tunnel. The Nouveau then undergoes a quick fermentation to produce a young, fruity wine with hints of apricot and banana. This is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods from pasta to steak, or even a Thanksgiving meal.
Adirondack Nouveau is Elfs Farm’s twist on Beaujolais Nouveau made famous in France. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region. It is fermented for only a few weeks before being released all over the world on the third Thursday of November.
Due to the use of only the highest quality grapes, this is a limited 17-case release and purchase is limited to two bottles per person.
Elf’s Farm Winery & Cider House is a winery and cider mill located on Route 9 in Plattsburgh. Established in 2008, Elf’s Farm is dedicated to producing delicious wines and ciders while preserving the fun and enjoyment in this time-honored tradition. For more information, visit elfsfarm.com or call 563-2750.
Farmland Trust urgesmore protection for land
ALBANY — In a keynote address at the Harvesting Opportunities Conference in Albany recently, Andrew McElwaine, president and CEO of the American Farmland Trust, urged New York state officials to restart their efforts to protect farmland from development.
“We are facing a global challenge to double food production by 2050,” said McElwaine. “Yet, in this country we have been paving over the farmland needed for producing food at an unsustainable pace. Since 1980, an acre of farmland has been lost to development every minute, an area equal to three times all of the farmland in New York.”
New York is one of 28 states that have created Farmland Protection Programs to pay farmers to permanently protect their land from development. Established in 1996, New York’s Farmland Protection has provided more than $100 million to protect roughly 200 farms encompassing more than 44,000 acres.
“We are encouraged that Gov. Cuomo and state legislators agreed last year to allocate $13 million to the Farmland Protection Program from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, yet the state’s program has not accepted new applications in five years,” McElwaine said. “In contrast, neighboring Pennsylvania has invested $800 million in farmland preservation and permanently protected more than 480,000 acres of farmland, including $23 million in new funds this year.”
He said American farmers sell more than $300 billion in farm products each year and manage half the land in America.
“They are vital allies in protecting clean water and responding to climate change, but we must not take them for granted. States like New York are on the progressive front of a national movement to embrace local farms, expand local food economies and stop the destructive loss of farmland to development.”