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August 25, 2013

Farm briefs: Aug. 25, 2013

Pastured Poultry farm meetingto be held

PERU — The Northern New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Pastured Poultry Project is underway and is providing local small farms with the opportunity to utilize an optimized system for production and marketing of pastured poultry.

A grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education has enabled organizers to put together a fully equipped pastured poultry raising set up for local farms to borrow. All that is asked in return is to participate in record-keeping and outreach activities.

Anyone thinking about raising meat chickens on a bigger scale may attend at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday for an on-farm meeting at Shady Grove Farm & Wellness Center, 844 Route 22B in Peru. Farmer Francisco Braun will share his experiences, and information will be provided about raising meat birds on pasture.

Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County at 561-7450 for directions to the farm and to register or e-mail Peter Hagar at phh7@cornell.edu for more information. 

Cuomo announces programs to help state’s farms

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a variety of measures to support farmers across the state to reduce energy costs, improve business operations and enhance environmental planning. The announcement continues the governor’s larger efforts to enable growth in the state’s agricultural sector, including last year’s Yogurt Summit involving industry leaders, dairy farmers and other stakeholders.

The Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) will make available $1 million in funding to help dairy farmers develop individualized business and environmental plans. Cuomo also recently signed legislation that supports farmers in their efforts to install anaerobic digesters, which convert farm waste to renewable energy, thereby helping farmers address waste disposal needs and nutrient recycling challenges, while helping them lower their energy bills. To apply for DAP, visit http://ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/dairy_acceleration.

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