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

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.

The workshops bring landowners together with experts on birds, other wildlife and forest management to encourage bird-focused sustainable forestry. Participating landowners and foresters will hear from a series of presenters about birds and other wildlife they can attract through proper forest management. They will learn about the basics of forest management, the importance of working with a forester and of having a forest-management plan for their property, the tax advantages of conservation easements, and where they can find the resources, tools and potential partners to help them plan for the future of their woodlands.

These messages will be reinforced on a woods walk that will allow participants to see quality forest habitats resulting from carefully planned management. Presentations will be made by Audubon, DEC, a local land trust and others.

“The Adirondacks and nearby Tug Hill are among the largest tracts of forest in New York State and the Northeast and provide critical habitat for a great diversity of bird species, including Canada Warbler, American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse,” said Dr. Michael Burger, director of conservation and science for Audubon New York.

“Forest landowners in the region can play an important role in providing habitat to these species and others. This workshop was designed to give participants the skills and contacts to make a big difference for birds and other wildlife in their woodlots.”

The registration deadline is Aug. 23. E-mail Graham Cox at or call 729-6869. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments. The workshop is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a woods walk from 1 to 3 p.m. on the college grounds. A free pizza lunch will be provided or attendees may bring their own brown bag lunch or pay $10.70 for a college cafeteria lunch. Choices should be indicated when registering.