Climate impact on agenda for Crop Congress
CHAZY — The impact of climate change on Northern New York agriculture is on the agenda of the 2014 North Country Crop Congress scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy.
Dr. Allison Chatrchyan, the new director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, will present thoughts on the impact climate change and variable weather will have on Northern New York farming systems in the near and distant future.
Chatrchyan will present historic climate data and suggest how local farmers may integrate climate change into farm-system planning for reduction of risk and seize the production opportunities the changing climate may present.
The annual 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crop Congress educational programs also include Dr. Russ Hahn of Cornell University. Hahn, a Crop and Soil Sciences professor, will provide his latest research findings on herbicide-resistant weeds, mixed grass-legume seedings using Round-Up Ready alfalfa and some timely aspects of acetochlor herbicide.
Dr. Quirine Ketterings, director of the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program, will share the latest results of double crop forage research trials on farms across New York State.
Mike Hunter, a Northern New York Field Crops specialist with C.C.E. in Jefferson and Lewis counties, will discuss late-season forage planting alternatives.
Anita Figueras, a Farm Business Management specialist with C.C.E. St. Lawrence County, will present the latest crop insurance options.
A hot lunch will be available for $5, which also includes a small trade show. Pre-registration is encouraged, call 846-7121.
Poultry Panel to discuss opportunities for farmers
MALONE — To help Northern New York farmers who are increasing their poultry, primarily chicken, production, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of St. Lawrence County is offering a Poultry Marketing, Do We Need to Work Together? panel discussion Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The discussion by a live panel at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton will be broadcast that night to CCE-hosted sites in Malone and Watertown and by pre-registration only in Westport.
“Farmers that originally only raised enough chicken for their families are increasing production and marketing at farmer’s markets and to local restaurants and institutions. As more farmers get into the poultry business it will be important to coordinate the processing and marketing of chicken in and out of Northern New York,” said Betsy Hodge, a livestock specialist with CCE St. Lawrence County and leader of the CCE Northern New York Regional Livestock Team.
Panel members and their topics include Lynda Brushett, Cooperative Development Institute, Shelburne Falls, Mass., The Advantages and Disadvantage of Working Together; Sue Rau, North Country Grown Cooperative, Massena, Marketing the Chickens from the CCE St. Lawrence Extension Farm Hoophouse Project; Renee Smith, North Country Pastured, DeKalb Junction, Coordinating Production to Fit USDA Mobile Processing Unit Schedule; Dan Sullivan, Wholeshare, Opportunities with Online Food Marketing; and CCE St. Lawrence County Agriculture Team Leader Brent Buchanan Livestock and Specialist Betsy Hodge, How the Cost of Raising Chickens Relates to Cooperative Pricing and Selling Locally vs. Out of the Area.
The focus of the evening program will be on producer questions and discussion of the chicken market and whether local farmers want to work together to supply buyers or coordinate for processing or purchasing inputs.
The broadcast will also be available by web connection. For more information, contact Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-379-9192; for information on CCE-hosted sites or to request a WebEx link, contact the local CCE office.
Maple weekend celebration coming up in March
PLATTSBURGH — Area residents are invited to tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State’s Maple Weekend, taking place March 22-23 and March 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Both weekends, sugar shacks all along the Adirondack Coast will open their doors for tours, tastings, pancake breakfasts, wagon rides, recipes, demonstrations and more.
Each year, the Adirondack Region produces one-third of New York State's maple syrup. As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, maple trees and sugar bushes become a hive of activity. In Northern New York, when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it's a sure sign that Adirondack maple sugaring season has begun.
Maple Weekend offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste this “liquid gold” in all its forms. Participating locations include:
Black Rooster Maple, 3076 State Route 73, Keene, 576-9792; Bechard’s Sugar House, 61 Sanger Lane, West Chazy, 846-7498; Brandy Brook Maple Farm, 439 Brandy Brook Road, Ellenburgh Center, 569-5146; Brow’s Sugar House, 89 Sugarbush Drive, West Chazy, 493-5683; Cornell University-Uihlein Forest, 157 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, 523-9337; Deno’s Sugar Shack, 1490 State Route 11, Brushton, 529-0776; Friend’s Maple Products, 402 Spencer Road, Burke, 483-5559; Golden Arrow Resort, 2559 Main Street, Lake Placid, 523-3353; Homestead Maple, 1075 Lake Shore Road, Chazy, 846-3192; Maple Knoll Farm, 784 14th Road, Minerva, 251-5141; Maple Ridge Enterprises, 6201 Military Turnpike, Ellenburg Depot, 569-8594; Moon Valley Maple Sugar House on Titus Mountain, 215 Johnson Road, Malone, 483-3740; Parker Family Maple Farm, 1043 Slosson Road, West Chazy, 493-6761; Richard Atwood Maple Products, 161 Atwood Road, West Chazy, 493-2678; The Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College, 7777 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, 327-6241; The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, 359-7800; Tower Maple Products,1547 State Route 11B North Bangor, 353-3289; Winter’s Harvest Sugar Shack, 409 Wagner Road, North Bangor, 353-8728; Woods Maple Products, 1470 County Route 23, Chateaugay, 497-6387; and 1812 Homestead Farm and Museum, 4403 New York State Route 22, Willsboro, 963-4071 (only open March 29).
Throughout Maple Weekend, visitors who make their way to eight or more sugarhouses collecting a stamp or business card from each stop along the way will be entered to win a maple gift basket. Entry cards will be available at every sugarhouse with the winner being announced at First Weekends in downtown Plattsburgh on April 5.
For more information on Maple Weekend, visit facebook.com/mapleweekendneny or mapleweekend.com.