April 15, 2012

Farm Briefs: April 15, 2012


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Poultry-for-beginners class being offered

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County is hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for anyone interested in raising chickens for pleasure or profit, eggs or meat.

The basics of chicken husbandry, housing, nutrition and related topics will be covered. The workshop has a $5 registration fee. It will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County Office, 6064 Route 22, Suite No. 5, in Plattsburgh.

Pre-register by calling 561-7450 or email

Farm Disaster Preparedness workshops set

AuSABLE FORKS — The Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Northern New York are offering extension's new Farm Disaster Preparedness workshops.

The training will help farmers prevent and prepare for accidents involving farm vehicles on the road, on-farm fires or structure collapse, agricultural-products storage and storm damage. All types and sizes of farm representatives, including dairy farms, are invited to attend. Dealing with livestock injuries and biosecurity issues and reducing the opportunity for on-farm crime are also part of the agenda.

Farms that complete the training will receive a dated certificate to provide to their insurer as a condition of eligibility for receiving a credit, discount or preferred status.

The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances. Discounts will go to policyholder participants, but all farmers are welcome to attend.

The program fee for each workshop is $35 and includes lunch and information materials. Preregistration is required for both workshops. They will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the AuSable Valley Grange in Keeseville.

Register with Sharon or Judy at 962-4810, Ext. 0, or email

Beekeeping forum being offered

BEEKMANTOWN — A beekeeping seminar sponsored by the Champlain Valley Beekeepers Association will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Beekmantown Town Hall.

Subjects include bee losses and what can be done to prevent them. Some local beekeepers lost 97 percent of their bees this year.

Among the speakers will be Mary Ann Frazier, Penn State entomologist.

There will also be an election of officers for the association and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

For more information, call Dick Crawford at 561-7167.