September 30, 2012

Farm briefs: Sept. 30, 2012


JAY — Ward Lumber is hosting a Hog Harvest Seminar for anyone who is interested in learning to harvest their own swine.

The seminar is being held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ward Lumber in Jay. This seminar will demonstrate to the small farm a home-style hog slaughter and dressing.

The presenter is Courtney Grimes-Sutton, who is a young farmer and a butcher who can help participants approach the feat of getting a hog into the freezer. Grimes-Sutton got into farming by growing and marketing vegetables with friends in the Hudson Valley for a few years in her early 20s. She apprenticed with a blacksmith, went to industrial welding school and moved north to Essex Farm to try farming with draft horses. She was the butcher at Essex Farm for three and a half years and has moved on to her own family farm in Keeseville with her partner, Asa Thomas-Train, and friends and family.

Register by Oct. 6, and the cost is $20 per person. After that, the cost is $30 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Lunch is included, using all local farm ingredients. For additional information and to register, go to, email or call Kim Coolidge at 946-2110, Ext. 120.


Drought-stricken farmers may replace livestock

ALBANY — Some farmers and ranchers in New York who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Farmers who, due to drought, sell more livestock than they normally would may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period.

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