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beef cattle improvement workshop, shondack landing, ny, sept. 18-19

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BEEF CATTLE IMPROVEMENT
With Gearld Fry and Mike Scannell
 Harrier Fields Farm
4116 County Route 21
Schodack Landing, NY
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., September 18-19, 2015
This workshop focuses on improving cattle herds with quality and quantity of meat per acre of grass. Learn how to recognize cattle that will yield 70% meat to bone and to reproduce it in your whole herd. And learn to recognize the bull that can make this happen. Learn about the importance of soil fertility and methods of achieving it.
Gearld Fry has a lifetime of experience earning his living from cattle to share. He has learned from the masters and brings along an exceptional gift in cattle detail. The last 20 years he has consulted world-wide, inspiring farmers and ranchers to improve their herds genetically.
Mike Scannell and Joan Harris have worked closely with Gearld for the last thirteen years. With Gearld’s guidance, we bought a small group of preindustrial phenotype females and bred them to Gearld’s pick of the best of the bulls in the world. We look forward to sharing our journey in breed/herd improvement. If you don’t understand improvement, degeneration is sure to follow.
The workshop runs from 9 to 4 each day, and lunch will be provided. Registration is $100.
Contact  (518) 732-7350 for more information and to register by September 8, 2015 or ASAP


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write your way to a goat dairy

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Ever wished and wished and wished beyond all reasonable hope that you could buy an organic farm with good will, passion, and desire? Well, now maybe you can! The owners of Humble Heart Farms, a 20 acre goat dairy in Northern Alabama, want to give their farm (along with its 55 milking goats, 3-bedroom ranch house, $20,000 for start-up costs, and all the secrets of their trade) to the writer of the best 200-word essay.

And, no, this isn’t a dream.

The entry fee is $150 and the contest ends October 1, 2015, at 11:59:59PM Central Time.

Read the official entry rules and view pictures of the farm on the contest website.


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HEY BOSTON, COME OUT TO THE COMPASS ROSE!

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Its easy. walk there from the aquarium. Walk there from the Boston Public Market! Walk through the North end!

Oh, why, do you ask? Because the Maine Sail Freight is docking there TOMORROW night (that’s Saturday August 29)! Be there to see it! Be there to unload Sunday morning at 8:00, and then spend the day exploring the harbor, listening to Songs of Land and Sea, and learning more about strengthening our local economies.


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nnyadp research report: tile drainage benefits farms and environment

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A Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project report encourages farmers to consider the benefits of tile drainage to both crop production and environmental stewardship. The research is especially timely as farms face changes to the environmental standards they are required to meet and at a time when federal and state funding is available for installing the tile drainage.

As many states refine their phosphorus management requirements for farm nutrient management plans, it is critical that the models they use are based on representative field conditions and sound data, says project leader Eric Young, research agronomist at W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY.

Young estimates the return on investment from installing tile drainage on farms with slow or very slow permeability is from seven to 12 percent over five to 10 years.

The goal of the most recent tile drainage research funded by the farmer-driven NNYADP was to compare phosphorus losses between tile drained and undrained test plots designed to simulate field-scale conditions typical of northern NY dairies.

Undrained conditions resulted in greater surface water runoff and phosphorus losses compared to tile drained lots, Young says.

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next weekend in providence, ri: land and water conference

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Activists working on issues related to land and water and academics from the humanities and social sciences will gather to discuss tensions between environmental stress, ecological realities, and human institutions.

Find out more here: http://landandwaterconference.com/

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