August 11, 2013

Farm briefs: Aug. 11, 2013


‘Taste NY’ experience to be offered at fair

SYRACUSE — New Yorkers will be treated to a “Taste NY” experience at the 2013 Great New York State Fair this summer. New York grown and produced food and beverage products will be sampled and sold under the Taste NY banner all across the fair and also at the newly renamed Taste NY Marketplace.

A Taste NY Trail will guide New Yorkers to some of New York agriculture’s largest and most important industries throughout the fair. A Taste NY Wine and Cheese Competition and related tastings will show the best in New York viticulture and dairy, while fairgoers will be given the opportunity to win a Taste NY Basket of Bounty filled with Made in NY products.

“Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 2013 Great New York State Fair later this month, making it the perfect showcase for Taste NY,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “Featuring a variety of New York made products — from wine, beer and spirits to maple and dairy to fresh fruits and vegetables — the Taste NY experience will highlight the best of what our agricultural and culinary industries have to offer.”

The Taste NY experience will begin the moment visitors arrive and see the huge marquee outside the fairgrounds, with a renovated sign prominently featuring the Taste NY logo. As visitors enter the main gate, they will be greeted by the newly renamed Taste NY Marketplace featuring a 40-by-70-ft. tent offering tastings from some of the best food and beverage companies across New York State. Tastings will take place daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the 12-day fair.

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The home of the fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at

Conservation Service meeting to solicit input

PLATTSBURGH — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold the annual Local Work Group meeting for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. It is open to the public.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the USDA-NRCS office, 6064 State Route 22, Suite 1, Plattsburgh.

The Local Work Group will focus on identifying agricultural and natural-resource issues existing in the community and providing information and feedback to direct NRCS programs. Participants can be agricultural producers; owners of nonindustrial private forest land; representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out environmental, agricultural or natural-resource conservation programs and activities.

NRCS Local Work Groups are subcommittees of the NRCS State Technical Committee and they meet annually to provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities to assist USDA NRCS in providing Farm Bill conservation programs in New York. For information about the State Technical Committee, contact Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Tammy Willis at 315-477-6503.

Erosion, sediment control training offered

WESTPORT — On Sept. 20, the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will offer the required four-hour Erosion and Sediment Control training for contractors and developers. The training will be

held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Essex County Fairgrounds, 3 Sisco Street, Westport.

The training will be presented by Dave Reckahn, district manager.

This training is required for all contractors working on projects that disturb more than one acre of soil and have a storm-water permit from the the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The permit will require that contractors moving dirt at those sites have at least one trained employee on site on a daily basis. Training is good for three years.

Contractors and developers will have to preregister for the training to receive credits. The training will cost $75 for certification, reference materials and refreshments. Registration needs to be in by Sept. 16. If

you have a group of 10 or more and are interested in holding a private workshop, contact the district at 962-8225 or email