Northern New York Maple Specialist Michael Farrell is excited about the 2013 maple season. As part of a Northern New York Agricultural Development Program-funded outreach program, Farrell has developed tools to encourage producers and landowners to help Northern New York realize its true maple industry potential.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations of Northern New York are offering Extension’s Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate workshops to help farmers prevent and prepare for accidents involving farm equipment on the road, on-farm fires or structure collapse, biosecurity, agricultural products storage, and wind or storm damage.
Friday, January 18 – Beginner Maple School, Croghan
Saturday, January 19 – Winter Maple School, Croghan
Saturday, January 26 – Northern New York Maple School, Gouverneur
Saturday, February 2 – 1st Franklin County Maple Producers School and Trade Show with Auction, Brushton
The New York Forage Legume and Grass Variety Yield Trials Summary for 2012 – Season Totals report includes data for more than 200 varieties of alfalfa, red clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and perennial forage grasses: timothy, orchardgrass, tall fescue, bromegrass, and perennial ryegrass.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be mailing the 2012 Census of Agriculture forms to collect information on American farms, farmers and agricultural crops. The information is important to the agricultural industry, government and private program funders, commodity representatives, the media, and many others. Farms of all sizes are encouraged to complete the form – available online and in hard copy and file it or return it by mail by the February 4, 2013 deadline. More information is online at http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/index.php.