December 9, 2012

Farm briefs: Dec. 9, 2012


New York farmers donate to food bank

ALBANY — New York farmers once again displayed their giving spirit by dropping off truckloads of locally grown food to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The event is in conjunction with the start of New York Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting in Albany. Members and supporting food companies give as part of a yearlong effort to feed the hungry across the state.

The donations bring the total of food donated by farmers across the state this year to more than 5.3 million pounds. With a few weeks left in 2012, it is expected that the donations will climb even higher.

Food is collected through the Harvest for All donation program.  Harvest for All is a nationwide annual farm donation partnership linking the Farm Bureau and Feeding America in each state.

In New York, the NYFB’s Young Farmers Committee and the Food Bank Association of New York State administer the statewide donation partnership. Under the project, NYFB members donate excess farm products to the 10 New York State Feeding America food banks located across the state.

“Today’s donations showcase the generosity farmers have for those in need. We are in the business to feed the world, and everyone should have access to healthy, local food including those who are struggling in these tough times to put food on the dinner table. As our farmer members come together for State Annual Meeting, I am proud of their longstanding support of the Food Bank Association and the donation program,” said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.

Dairy Day to be held at Miner Institute

CHAZY — The annual Dairy Day event at Miner Institute will be held on Tuesday. This year’s speakers include Dr. Rick Grant, Dr. Heather Dann and Kurt Cotanch of Miner Institute and Dr. Roger Cady of Elanco Animal Health.

This year’s topics include Extreme Feeding: High Forage, Low Forage … How to Feed the Exremes; What’s New in Transition Cow Management; Low Starch Limbo – How Low Can you Go?; and Providing Sufficient Milk to Meet Future Global Demand while Reducing Environmental Impact of Milk Production.

Dairy Day is open to the public at no charge, with no advance registration required. A hot lunch is available for $5. The speaker program begins at 11 a.m. Industry representatives will be available to chat with attendees beginning at 10 a.m.

Dairy Day is held in the Joseph C. Burke Research and Education Center at Miner Institute on Route 191, just west of Exit 41 on Interstate 87. For more information, contact Wanda Emerich by phone at 846-7121, Ext. 117, or email at