Press-Republican

November 3, 2013

Farm briefs: Nov. 3, 2011


Press-Republican

Senators urge committee to keep apple exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the President’s Export Council and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Charles Schumer, have urged the Farm Bill Conference Committee to keep a measure in the final Farm Bill that would exempt bulk shipments of apples to Canada from inspection.

Fixing this would help New York apple growers streamline operations and save money. Exempting bulk shipments of U.S. apples to Canada from inspection required by the Apple Export Act would offer growers immediate savings of approximately $300 per truckload, and allow growers to create their own distribution schedules, eliminating costly after-hours inspection procedures.

“New York State is home to some of the world’s best apples and hardest-working growers,” Gillibrand said. “Our farmers play a vital role in the economic development and food security of the state. The inspection of our apples to Canada is an impediment to New York apple exporters. The elimination of the expensive and unnecessary second inspection would put money back in our local growers’ pockets.”

“Upstate New York apple producers are at the core of our Upstate New York economy, and this plan to exempt bulk apple shipments from a second inspection before heading to Canada makes good common sense,” Schumer said. “We must do all we can to protect our farmers from onerous and unnecessary costs, and I am urging my colleagues on the Farm Bill Conference Committee to keep this measure in the final bill.”

The Apple and Pear Export Act of 1933 requires that all exported apples are inspected. However, pears have been excluded from the law since 1999. The elimination of apples from this antiquated law would enable apple farmers to have more control over their work schedules and would eliminate expensive after-hours inspection procedures.

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.

“Beef raised in the Northeast tends to be well-fed because of the high-quality forages in the region and because producers have been practicing what we call sustained nutrition,” said Perry, who has more than 20 years’ experience working with beef cattle. 

“Last winter, regional beef producers were challenged by poor feed quality and low supplies, so this presentation by Ted Perry on how cow nutrition does indeed impact calf health and viability is timely as we head into the 2013-14 winter season,” said Northern New York Regional Livestock Team Leader Betsy Hodge with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County.

The local sites hosting the program with registration at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. webcast are Clinton County, CCE Clinton County office, Plattsburgh, 561-7450; and Essex County, CCE Essex County office, Westport, 962-4810.

To attend the webcast in person or to watch from a home computer (e-invitation is required), register with the local Extension office as listed above.

Essex Cooperative Extension to hold annual meeting

WESTPORT — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County will be having its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at the CCE Building in Westport on the Fairgrounds.

Participants may join them as they fete their programs and people who contribute their time and knowledge supporting CCE.

There will be local food and a presentation on their programs for the past year as well as remembering the successes of two of their retiring staff, Sharon Garvey and Emily Selleck. 

The Nominating Committee has recommended a slate of board members. As always, nominations will be accepted from the floor for the Board of Directors.

They will also be awarding their Friends of Extension awards to Ticonderoga School and Dave Reckahn of Essex County Soil and Water Conservation.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to call 962-4810, Ext 0, or email essex@cornell.edu.