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August 4, 2013

Farm briefs: Aug. 4, 2013

Ag research, outreach featured at Empire Farm Days

SENECA FALLS — From sustainable farming practices and local food production to invasive species, the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Center at the Aug. 6 to 8 Empire Farm Days is a one-stop shop for exploring research and technologies that keep Northeast agricultural producers successful. The event is held at the Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls.

Starting at 9 a.m. each day, farmers, gardeners and landowners can explore the diverse agricultural resources available from Cornell while enjoying local food selections at the Cornell Marketplace at the largest outdoor agricultural show in the Northeast. New York cheeses, apples, wine, fresh-roasted corn and food products, all developed with Cornell expertise, will be available to sample.

Activity centers at the Cornell Center include Plant and Insect Sleuth, where the public can bring bug specimens for identification, and the Kidz Corner celebrating fruits and vegetables with the 2014 Ag Literacy Week book selection Who Grew My Soup by Tom Darbyshire and the I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest winners.

Cornell Cooperative Extension experts in vegetable and small fruit, grapes, dairy, livestock and field-crop production will be on hand to answer questions.

The Cornell Alumni and Friends Reception is set for Wednesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Learn more about Empire Farm Days exhibits, demonstrations, test-driving opportunity, live animal seminars and more at www.empirefarmdays.com.

Forest landowners invited to bird workshop

WANAKENA — North Country forest landowners are being urged to register for a free workshop and woods walk scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, at the SUNY-ESF Ranger School at 257 Ranger School Road, Wanakena, to learn how to maintain or encourage birds and other wildlife in their woods.

The day-long workshop and woods walk is being sponsored by Audubon New York with support from the Northern Adirondack Chapter of the New York Forest Landowners Association, the Adirondack Chapter of the New York Society of American Foresters and state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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