February 26, 2010

Contact: Martha Pickard, Adirondack North Country Association, 518-891-6200
Note: Nusbaum farm name is BoNus with capital N

Marketing Local Meats Focus of March 5, 6 Meetings

Canton, NY – Raising livestock and selling meat products require vastly different skills and contacts. Farmers can learn about both production and marketing Friday, March 5th in Watertown and Westport, and Saturday, March 6th in Canton and Plattsburgh. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Cornell Cooperative Extension has organized meetings with Dr. Bob Nusbaum, a full-time farmer and retired University of Wisconsin beef, sheep and meats specialist. ANCA Grazing Specialist & Nutritionist Martha Pickard will talk about ways to sell to local chefs, restaurants and consumers.

The Friday program begins at 6:30 pm with the speakers live at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, Watertown, NY and videolinked to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, Westport, NY.

The Saturday, March 6 program runs 10am-3pm with speakers live at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY with a videolink to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, Plattsburgh.

Pre-registration for the workshop is requested. The $10 workshop fee includes lunch and materials. Call your local Cornell Cooperative Extension to register. For March 5 in Watertown/Jefferson County, contact Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450, and for Westport/Essex County, contact Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x109. For March 6 in Canton/St. Lawrence County, contact Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192, and for Plattsburgh/Clinton County: Peter Hagar, 518-561-7450. # # #