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                                                                  •   Considering No-Till?                         2
                                                                  •   New Information on Herbicide Labels          3
                                                                  •   Considering Growing Your Own Grains?         4
                                                                  •   USDA-FSA News                                5


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                                                                  •   Beef Cattle Comments In Brief                 7
                                                                  •   Direct Marketing Poultry: To Cut or Not to
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    County at 518-483-7403 or by email at dml24@cornell.edu to register.
    Pre-Season Farmers Market Training; Get Ready for the 2011 Season—Saturday, March 19th, 2011 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at
    Gallagher’s Restaurant, Malone. Fee is $15 including morning snacks and coffee; Soup and salad lunch buffet and materials. Topics
    include: Food Samples at the Farmers Market; Record-keeping Ins & Outs; Pricing your product for profit and much more. Contact Cornell
    Cooperative Extension Franklin County at 518-483-7403 or by email at dml24@cornell.edu to register. For other locations and dates of this
    program see display ad on page 16 of this publication.
    Beef Producers Field Trip— Friday & Saturday April 1 & 2, 2011, leaving Malone at 2 pm from the Aldi’s Parking Lot. We are taking a
    road trip to the Finger Lakes Livestock Action. Supper on Friday night sponsored by the Senaca County Beef Producers. Time permitting
    we may stop at the Wine & Culinary Center which promotes NYS food, wine & agriculture in Canandaigua, NY on the way home. Cost:
    $99.00/room (hotel room includes breakfast) and $20.00 van cost. Additional costs would be for meals and refreshments along the way.
    To reserve your space in the van contact either Bernadette (bel7@cornell.edu) or Diane (drd9@cornell.edu) at CCE Franklin 483-7403. If
    registering via email please put “Beef Producers Field Trip Registration” in the subject line.

    Spring Sheep Week Activities—Tuesday, April 12th 1:00PM Visit local producers starting with Kirby Selkirk at 1PM and Beth & Pat
    Downings in Chateaugay area. In the evening there will be a meeting at the K of C, Route 374, Chateaugay 7 Pm.                Betsy Hodge,
    Livestock Educator CCE St. Lawrence will be there for a panel discussion with our local producers to share ideas.

    SAVE the DATE!! Summer Beef Week Activities—Wednesday, June 8th Mike Baker, Cornell’s Beef Cattle Specialist will be in the
    area. Mike would like to visit local farms to check on calf crops and give advice to prepare for good markets. If you would like Mike to stop
    by your farm, please contact Bernadette or Diane to get on the farm visit schedule. In the evening, representative from Pineland
    Farms (Nicholville) willing to speak on their programs and the possible impact for our area. Watch the AgNews for more details as we get
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