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March 9, 2014

Farm briefs: March 9, 2014

Extension to present Spring Beef Week 

MALONE — Cornell Cooperative Extension will present Northern New York Spring Beef Week programs in local communities March 18-21. Beef-industry representatives and educators will share the latest practices for designing cattle-handling facilities and the use of artificial insemination. 

Artificial insemination is common in dairy cows but has as much potential in beef cows to improve production genetics. Good handling facilities are required to handle the cattle during the process and are lacking on many beef operations. The presentation on handling equipment will give producers many ideas on how to set up a handling facility, which components should be the priority and how to encourage the cattle to use the facilities.

The program includes presentations by Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Mike Baker, local extension educators and farmers who are using artificial insemination with their cattle. Farmers interested in a visit by Baker may contact their extension office to schedule.

Programs will be held as follows:

March 19: Ticonderoga, Adirondack Meat Company, 6 to 9 p.m., includes plant tour, presentations by Baker and AI and Peter Hagar on handing facilities, and pizza. Register with Anita Deming, CCE Essex County, 962-4810, Ext. 409, or email ald6@cornell.edu. For a farm visit by Baker, contact Peter Hagar, CCE Clinton County, 561-7450, email phh7@cornell.edu.

March 20: Malone Courthouse, 7 p.m. Register with Diane Dumont, CCE Franklin County, 483-7403, drd9@cornell.edu. 

March 21: Canton, CCE St. Lawrence Extension Learning Farm, 7 p.m. Register with Betsy Hodge, CCE St. Lawrence County, 315-379-9192, bmf9@cornell.edu. 

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 14,200 beef cows on farms in the six northernmost counties of New York State in 2012. Find more information about livestock production online at www.ccenny.com.

Funding for farmers-market program announced

ALBANY —  A $130,000 Request for Proposal (RFP) for the “FreshConnect” Farmers Market program has been released, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It is designed to assist New York farmers by promoting the sale of locally grown food products. The program, in its fourth year, focuses on bringing fresh farm products to nutritionally underserved communities and improving nutrition education statewide.

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