Northern NY. The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the dates of its annual meetings that are free, open to the public, and feature highlighted research projects. The meetings are also an opportunity for regional farmers to provide input on current research and technical assistance projects and suggestions for future projects through the farmer-driven program serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
The meetings will be held from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, February 5 at Miner Institute in Chazy, and on Friday, February 12 at the Ramada Inn in Watertown.
Presentations on NNYADP-funded projects will include:
. Dr. Quirine Ketterings, director of the Cornell University Nutrient Management Spear Management, with tips to enhance crop production developed over several years of on-farm research in northern NY and statewide,
. Anita Deming, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County and director of Adirondack Harvest, sharing the results of a survey asking farmers, consumers and food service buyers about interest in developing a northern NY food hub, and
. a research update with results from 5 dairy farms with cows impacted by lesser-known causes of mastitis with Dr. Jessica Scillieri-Smith, a veterinarian with Quality Milk Production Services, Canton, NY.
Registration for the meetings is not required. A light working lunch will be provided. Breakout sessions will be offered by interest area for farmers, growers, market gardeners, maple producers, and agribusiness operators. For more information, contact 315.376.5270.
More than 100 farmers participate as committee members with the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program that provides practical, on-farm research and technical assistance on a diverse range of crops to agricultural producers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. NNYADP project results often serve as a proactive sentinel alerting producers elsewhere in New York State to opportunities to enhance crop and livestock production and ag environmental stewardship.
Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is supported by the New York State Senate and is administered through the New York State
Department of Agriculture and Markets. Economic impact reports, project lists, research reports, and event notices are online at www.nnyagdev.org.