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November 3, 2013

Farm briefs: Nov. 3, 2011

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With nearly 2.5 million bushels of apples exported to Canada annually, this amendment could save U.S. apple growers more than $550,000 annually by allowing apple growers to distribute apple products on their own schedule saving valuable time and resources by avoiding onerous after-hours inspection procedures.

Maple almanac lists local producers

WEST CHAZY — The official 2013 U.S. Maple Syrup Almanac has been released containing a list of the top 20 sugarmakers in the United States by tap count.

Two New York maple producers made the list, both from Clinton County. They were Rand Hill Maple in Altona owned by David Smart with 46,000 taps and Parker Family Maple owned by the Earl Parker family in West Chazy with 45,000 taps.

The Northeastern New York Maple Producers’ Association extended its congratulations to both of these local success stories. Their efforts also helped put Clinton County on the map as the top maple-producing county in New York State for 2013.

Nutrition program focus of Beef Week presentation

PLATTSBURGH — A new beef-nutrition program inspired by a study of World War II concentration camp survivors is the focus for the Fall 2013 Northern New York Beef Week program organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Northern New York Regional Livestock Team.

In a Nov. 7 webcast to four locations across the Northern New York region, Ted Perry, a marketing beef nutritionist and beef technical services manager with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed of Kansas City, will explain how a human health study of war survivors has led to a new beef cattle feeding program designed to encourage the in-utero nutrition of calves.

During the webinar, Perry will share the results of the Idaho study that showed a doubling of the quality grade of the calves fed on this new program. As beef quality grade increases, so does the profit opportunity for beef producers. Perry said beef quality grades increase in herds east of the Mississippi.

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