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November 18, 2012

Farm briefs: Nov. 18, 2012

Post-Harvest Meeting to be held at Miner

CHAZY — The New York State Department of Labor’s Agriculture Labor Program will be hosting a Post-Harvest Meeting for the North Country on Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until noon at The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, 1034 Miner Farm Road, Chazy.

 Anyone wishing to participate may RSVP to Ami Kadar by email at Ami.Kadar@labor.ny.gov or by phone at 561-0430, Ext 3012.

There are seven such meetings planned throughout the state. These meetings are intended for all growers and producers of agricultural products who have employees of any category (domestic or foreign, seasonal or year round) or think they might hire workers next year.

Agriculture Labor Program supervisory staff as well as field staff will be present at each meeting. They will be discussing their observations on the 2012 season and share their outlook and plans for 2013. They will also provide some information about the new electronic application for the H-2A guest-worker program. Most importantly, they will be seeking input from agriculture producers about their experience in 2012 and what they anticipate for 2013. 

The Agriculture Labor Program exists to promote the success of New York’s large and diverse agriculture industry.

Sustainable foods winter conference set

SARATOGA — More than 1,300 sustainable-farm and food experts and members of the public will exchange knowledge and help shape the future of New York State’s organic movement as the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) holds its 2013 NOFA-NY Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs from Jan. 25-27, 2013.

The conference, the premier sustainable farming educational event in New York State, will explore topics including urban food production, GMO labeling, farming with alternative energy sources, and improvements in organic farming practices from grains to apples to livestock during three days at the Saratoga Hilton & City Center.

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