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January 8, 2014

Agency losing advocate to budget cuts

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Now, there are five, with a sixth under discussion involving Salmon River Central School students in the FFA program. They would operate the business beginning this year on space provided by the Town of Fort Covington.

“This will foster a whole new crop of young farmers,” Logozar said.

EXPANDED FOOD GUIDE

She taught a variety of computer-based programs on desktop publishing and social media for farmers, and other small-business owners can use the tools to better market and promote their products and services to broader audiences.

She helped organize the annual Harvest Festival to showcase farmers’ goods and encourage consumers to buy good, locally raised and produced products; participated in the Homestead Festival at Paul Smith’s College; expanded the annual Food Guide distributed in the tri-county area to include more farmers and activities; and lined up farmers to participate in new marketing strategies for 2014.

BLOW TO AGRI-TOURISM

Logozar also recently completed work on a strategic agri-tourism plan for the Franklin County Legislature, which was funded using $25,000 in tourism money from the 2013 budget.

The task was to find ways to pair farmers and other growers with visitors interested in experiencing some aspects of agriculture, such as maple-syrup and honey production and alpaca and sheep farming.

She said she developed a list of farmers leaning toward participating in agri-tourism this year, and they agreed to take part if she would conduct some classes to help them prepare for the new business challenges.

One of the most promising was to be a partnership with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort that would have promoted agri-tourism opportunities in Franklin County to all of its thousands of guests and their families.

“But none of it can happen because the position has been cut,”  Logozar said. “It’s very upsetting and disappointing. I worry about the farmers and what will happen to them.

“I’ve been honored to be able to work with the farmers, not just in Franklin County but all over the region.”

She said she will follow through with all of the commitments she had made for the month, “and I want to tell farmers and anyone, don’t hesitate to call. 

“I’m still here.”

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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