agri-business https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png agri-business https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:04:11 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:07:00 -0400 Genesee County 4-H members attend 4-H ABC trip https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-county-4-h-members-attend-4-h-abc-trip/636973
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Submitted photo of Genesee County 4-H members Justin Deleo and Bing Zuber attended the NYS 4-H ABC Trip and met up with fellow 4-H member and SUNY Cobleskill student Ian Keberle. (Left to Right: Justin Deleo, Bing Zuber, Ian Keberle)

Press Release:

Genesee County 4-H members Bing Zuber, Justin Deleo, and Kylie Paddock attended the New York State 4-H Agri-Business Career Conference (ABC Trip) last week. Forty youths from across NYS met in Cobleskill on Oct. 19 & 20 for the 46th annual 4-H ABC Trip. This trip for 4-H teens is in collaboration with SUNY Cobleskill and gives youth an up-close look at different agri-businesses as well as an opportunity to tour the college and meet with professors to learn what a college experience in their desired program area would look like.

Youth were able to choose which agri-businesses they toured on Thursday. Participating businesses included: Schoharie Valley Farms, Sweet Tree Farm, Hessian Hill Farm, Jack Miller’s Tractor and Truck, Fairbanks Stable, and Black Willow Pond Farm. On the SUNY Cobleskill campus, tour options included Speaking with A Veterinarian, The Dairy Processing Center, the Meat Processing Lab, and the Milk Quality Lab. Following their tours, teens worked together to create presentations to share with the rest of the group following a dinner on campus.

Friday was spent on campus starting with breakfast in the dining hall followed by campus tours led by SUNY Cobleskill Ambassadors. Following the tours, teens visited their academic area of interest which allowed them to meet with professors in that field and learn about the program area. Areas to choose from included Ag Business, Floriculture/Nursery Management, Equine Studies, Biotechnology, Ag Engineering, Livestock, Canine, Dairy, Fisheries & Wildlife, Histotechnology, and Ag Communications. 

The event culminated with lunch in the dining hall giving participants another opportunity to experience the food on campus. The ABC Trip is offered each fall to NYS 4-H members 14 years of age and older. For more information on this trip and other 4-H offerings, contact the Genesee County 4-H Program at genesee4h@cornell.edu or (585) 343-3040 ext. 101. The Genesee County 4-H Program is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18.  New 4-H youth members, adult volunteers, and clubs are always welcome to join. Enrollment information is also available on our website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-county-4-h-members-attend-4-h-abc-trip/636973#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/genesee-county-4-h-members-attend-4-h-abc-trip/636973 Oct 30, 2023, 9:07pm agri-business Genesee County 4-H members attend 4-H ABC trip Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="abc-trip.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="1139" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-10/abc-trip.jpg?itok=OiZGMd2y" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Submitted photo of Genesee County 4-H members Justin Deleo and Bing Zuber attended the NYS 4-H ABC Trip and met up with fellow 4-H member and SUNY Cobleskill student Ian Keberle. (Left to Right: Justin Deleo, Bing Zuber, Ian Keberle)</figcaption> </figure> <p><span>Press Release:</span></p><blockquote><p><span>Genesee County 4-H members Bing Zuber, Justin Deleo, and Kylie Paddock attended the New York State 4-H Agri-Business Career Conference (ABC Trip) last week. Forty youths from across NYS met in Cobleskill on Oct. 19 &amp; 20 for the 46th annual 4-H ABC Trip.&nbsp;This trip for 4-H</span></p></blockquote>
Congressman Jacobs forms advisory House Agriculture Committee https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/congressman-jacobs-forms-advisory-house-agriculture-committee/564193

Press release:

Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) announces that he has formed an agriculture advisory committee.

“Agriculture is the number one economic sector in our region, and our farmers provide nutritious produce and dairy nationwide,” Jacobs said. “I am proud to represent them on the House Agriculture Committee, and I want to make sure that they have a seat at the table as well.

"This committee serves as a way for me to hear directly from our farmers about their needs and concerns and will allow me to share pertinent information.”

Congressman Jacobs’ Agricultural Advisory Committee is comprised of members who represent all areas of NY-27 agricultural production. The committee is set to have its first official meeting later this month and will meet quarterly. Jacobs is also a member of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress, serving on three subcommittees.

“Western New York is home to over 4,400 farms," Jacobs said. "This committee ensures the voices of Western New York farmers and agribusinesses are heard and I am able to represent them as best I can. I look forward to working with them."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/congressman-jacobs-forms-advisory-house-agriculture-committee/564193#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/congressman-jacobs-forms-advisory-house-agriculture-committee/564193 Mar 23, 2021, 4:16pm agri-business Congressman Jacobs forms advisory House Agriculture Committee Press Release <div> <div> <div> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) announces that he has formed an agriculture advisory committee.</p> <p>“Agriculture is the number one economic sector in our region, and our farmers provide nutritious produce and dairy nationwide,” Jacobs said.<strong> </strong>“I am proud to represent them on the House Agriculture Committee, and I want</p></div></div></div>
Hawley hails Farm Laborer Wage Board's decision to keep 60-hour overtime threshold until November https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-hails-farm-laborer-wage-boards-decision-to-keep-60-hour-overtime-threshold Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is praising the recent decision made by the Department of Labor’s Farm Laborer Wage Board to maintain the 60-hour overtime threshold until at least next November.

Hawley had been advocating in recent months to maintain this overtime threshold in light of a proposal to lower it. Hawley feared it would make operating an agribusiness even more difficult during what has been a hard year for the agricultural sector due to the negative impact COVID-19 has had on the industry. 

“This announcement is a big relief for farmers and agri-business entrepreneurs throughout the state, and I’m glad there’s one less thing to worry about in what’s already been an incredibly challenging year for agriculture,” Hawley said.

“While there is still work to be done helping our farmers through the COVID-19 pandemic, I am glad we avoided what would have certainly been a catastrophic mistake for our farmers and agricultural workers and entrepreneurs.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-hails-farm-laborer-wage-boards-decision-to-keep-60-hour-overtime-threshold#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-hails-farm-laborer-wage-boards-decision-to-keep-60-hour-overtime-threshold Jan 5, 2021, 12:44pm agri-business Hawley hails Farm Laborer Wage Board's decision to keep 60-hour overtime threshold until November Press Release <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley is praising the recent decision made by the Department of Labor’s Farm Laborer Wage Board to maintain the 60-hour overtime threshold until at least next November.</p> <p>Hawley had been advocating in recent months to maintain this overtime threshold in light of a proposal to lower</p>
Schumer to Feds: Level the playing field and help NY dairy farmers churn up & milk profits before it’s too 'lait' https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/schumer-to-feds-level-the-playing-field-and-help-ny-dairy-farmers-churn-up-milk-profits Press release:

After fiercely advocating for federal aid to New York’s dairy farmers in the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to quickly raise concerns about Canada evading its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Canada agree to eliminate harmful dairy trade practices, including its Class 7 pricing program (Class 6 in Ontario) and lack of transparency in milk-pricing regulations. Both were explicitly addressed in the agreement, which enters into force next week on July 1.

“New York’s dairy farmers are the lifeblood of the Upstate economy, but unfortunately, they have been squeezed by the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” Senator Schumer said. “That is why I am calling on Ambassador Lighthizer to do everything in his power to ensure that Canada abides by its dairy trade obligations and eliminates its unfair and harmful pricing programs and practices that unfairly impeded Upstate New York dairy farmers from freely selling their product – as agreed to in the new trade agreement with Canada, the USMCA.

As the trade deal enters into force next week, it is imperative that our New York dairy farmers are able to sell their products into Canada and churn up profits that mitigate the huge losses they have suffered this year.”

“USMCA requires Canada to provide new market access for American dairy products and to eliminate its destructive Classes 6 and 7 milk pricing schemes,” said Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for Policy Strategy and International Trade with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “While not unexpected, Canada’s efforts to manipulate its agreed upon trade obligations to protect its tightly controlled dairy market are unacceptable.

"Canada needs to live up to the commitments it made to the U.S. on dairy. America’s dairy industry appreciates Senator Schumer for his leadership on this issue and we support Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Purdue as the U.S. works to hold Canada accountable to its commitments under USMCA.”

“Cayuga Milk Ingredients applauds the efforts of New York’s Senator Schumer for raising concerns over Canada’s recent request for dairy pricing secrecy within the Ontario Provincial Tribunal and their most recent administration of TRQs," said Kevin J. Ellis, CEO Cayuga Milk Ingredients. "On both issues, Canada is showing they have no desire to act in good faith with respect to the trade commitments they made underneath USMCA.

"Cayuga Milk Ingredients suffered a loss of nearly $24 million of sales in 2016 when Canada implemented a National Class 7 pricing scheme that was specifically and intentionally designed to stop the importation of ultra-filtered milk. Based on these latest events, it appears Canada cannot be trusted to honor its trade commitments with the United States,”

Craig Alexander, senior director, Milk Planning and Regulatory Affairs at O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia, said, “A foundation principle of the new USMCA pertaining to Canada was transparency of pricing formulation and the elimination of its Class 7 pricing. We appreciate Senator Schumer’s push for Canada to live up to its commitments in this agreement.

"Canada should not obscure information on pricing now in order to artificially create a pricing environment that will keep us at a disadvantage once these USMCA provisions go into force. Furthermore, Canada’s implementation of TRQs negotiated as part of USMCA and reserving increased access almost entirely to existing Canadian dairy companies is evidence that Canada has not changed its past history of circumventing trade agreements.

"If Canada simply held up their end of the deal on eliminating Class 7 and fair implementation of TRQs, we could again get a fair shake at the opportunities to serve the Canadian market going forward.”

Schumer explained that under USMCA, Canada agreed to eliminate Class 6 & 7 pricing within six months. However, the Senator revealed, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), which represents approximately 4,000 Canadian dairy farmers, has recently requested that Ontario’s tribunal, which provides an avenue of appeal on agriculture issues, grant restricted access to DFO’s pricing regulations.

Schumer argued that with only a few days left until the USMCA is set to enter into force, the lack of transparency and timing of DFO’s request raises questions about whether or not Canada is seeking to circumvent its dairy commitments in USMCA.

Additionally, Schumer pointed out, under USMCA, Canada agreed to an expansion of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for several categories of U.S. dairy products. However, the U.S. dairy industry has raised concerns that Canada’s recently released TRQ allocations weaken the intent of USMCA and will prevent New York dairy farmers from fully benefiting from the agreement’s expanded market access opportunities.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/schumer-to-feds-level-the-playing-field-and-help-ny-dairy-farmers-churn-up-milk-profits#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/schumer-to-feds-level-the-playing-field-and-help-ny-dairy-farmers-churn-up-milk-profits Jun 25, 2020, 2:43pm agri-business Schumer to Feds: Level the playing field and help NY dairy farmers churn up & milk profits before it’s too 'lait' Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>After&nbsp;<a href="https://www.schumer.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/schumer-reveals-upstate-farmers-forced-to-waste-milk-crops-and-money-in-the-midst-of-global-pandemic-due-to-dramatic-supply-chain-disruptions-senator-urges-secretary-of-agriculture-to-immediately-release-the-95b-secured-in-recent-emergency-package-to-help-new-yorks-33000-farms">fiercely advocating</a> for federal aid to New York’s dairy farmers in the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to quickly raise concerns about Canada evading its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada</p>
Ag trade deal with Canada and Mexico to expand market for local dairy, wine, eggs and more https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ag-trade-deal-with-canada-and-mexico-to-expand-market-for-local-dairy-wine-eggs-and Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today (Jan. 29) after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today is a good day for American agriculture," Perdue said. "Throughout this process, there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. This agreement shows the rest of the world the United States is open for business.

"USMCA is critical for America’s farmers and ranchers, who will now have even more market access to our neighbors to the north and the south. I am excited to see the economic benefits of this agreement increase the prosperity of all Americans, especially those living in rural America."

Background about the USMCA

It will advance United States agricultural interests in two of the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. This high-standard agreement builds upon our existing markets to expand United States food and agricultural exports and support food processing and rural jobs.

Canada and Mexico are our first and second largest export markets for United States food and agricultural products, totaling more than $39.7 billion food and agricultural exports in 2018. These exports support more than 325,000 American jobs.

All food and agricultural products that have zero tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will remain at zero tariffs. Since the original NAFTA did not eliminate all tariffs on agricultural trade between the United States and Canada, the USMCA will create new market access opportunities for United States exports to Canada of dairy, poultry, and eggs, and in exchange the United States will provide new access to Canada for some dairy, peanut, and a limited amount of sugar and sugar-containing products

Earlier this year, nearly 1,000 American food and agriculure associations and companies announced their support for USMCA and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture signed a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to ratify USMCA.*

In September, all former U.S. secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support for USMCA. In a letter to Congessional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA saying:

“We need a strong and reliable trade deal with our top two customers for U.S. agriculture products. USMCA will provide certainty in the North American market for the U.S. farm sector and rural economy. We strongly support ratification of USMCA.”

Key Provision: Increasing Dairy Market Access

  • America’s dairy farmers will have expanded market opportunities in Canada for a wide variety of dairy products. Canada agreed to eliminate the unfair Class 6 and Class 7 milk pricing programs that allowed their farmers to undersell U.S. producers.

Key Provision: Biotechnology

  • For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology – including new technologies such as gene editing – to support innovation and reduce trade-distorting policies.

Key Provision: Geographical Indications

  • The agreement institutes a more rigorous process for establishing geographical indicators and lays out additional factors to be considered in determining whether a term is a common name.

Key Provision: Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures

  • The three countries agree to strengthen disciplines for science-based measures that protect human, animal, and plant health while improving the flow of trade.

Key Provision: Poultry and Eggs

  • U.S. poultry producers will have expanded access to Canada for chicken, turkey, and eggs.

Key Provision: Wheat

  • Canada agrees to terminate its discriminatory wheat grading system, enabling U.S. growers to be more competitive.

Key Provision: Wine and Spirits

  • The three countries agree to avoid technical barriers to trade through non-discrimination and transparency regarding sale, distribution, labeling, and certification of wine and distilled spirits.

* Signatories included: Batavia-based O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative; Upstate Niagara Cooperative; New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association; New York Farm Bureau; New York Pork Producers Co-Op; and the New York Apple Association.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ag-trade-deal-with-canada-and-mexico-to-expand-market-for-local-dairy-wine-eggs-and#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ag-trade-deal-with-canada-and-mexico-to-expand-market-for-local-dairy-wine-eggs-and Jan 29, 2020, 2:13pm agri-business Ag trade deal with Canada and Mexico to expand market for local dairy, wine, eggs and more Billie Owens <p><strong>Washington, D.C. --&nbsp;</strong>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today (Jan. 29) after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).</p> <p>“Today is a good day for American agriculture," Perdue said. "Throughout this process, there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But</p>
Ranzenhofer backs plan to help agribusiness in New York https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/ranzenhofer-backs-plan-to-help-agribusiness-in-new-york/513490 Press release:

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced his support for the 2018 “Growing Strong” Plan. The “Growing Strong” plan will help strengthen agribusiness and create new jobs in the agriculture industry by expanding markets, reducing production costs, and investing in the state’s leading industry.

“Family farms are a major contributor to our state and local economies. Implementing these initiatives will help the agriculture industry thrive and expand a workforce of more than 100,000 men and women. This new plan will help make it more affordable for New York’s 35,000 farms,” Ranzenhofer said.

The comprehensive legislative package of initiatives includes:

• Examine burdensome regulations: Direct state regulators to study existing state regulations that are harmful to farming, unnecessarily increase costs, and prevent farm success.
• Repeal the Highway Use Tax for farm-registered trucks, and exempt farmers from any proposal to add new “tolling” to enter New York City, as a way to bring more New York-grown products into the nation’s largest consumer market. New York is one of just four states that still imposes such a tax.
• Help farmers invest in facilities and buy equipment: S7851 provides a tax credit for dairy farmers to encourage investment in facilities and equipment that will allow them to take advantage of a growing demand for “value-added” dairy products, like flavored drinks, yogurts, and other products that can satisfy existing demand.
• Help farmers by giving them access to IDAs: S2388 authorizes industrial development agencies (IDAs) to provide technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers that grow, harvest, or produce agricultural products in this state. 
• Create a “Lifeline Dairy Energy Assistance Program” for dairy farmers struggling with a prolonged slump in milk prices, directing $10 million in existing NYSERDA funds to install high-efficiency lighting, pumping and cooling equipment, and to promote investment in energy-producing biomass generators and digesters. 
• Expand agricultural P-Tech education programs that help prepare students for increasing technology demands of farming careers, restore funding for Beginning Farmer Grants that was cut from the Executive Budget, and increase support to establish new chapters of school-based Future Farmers of America programs in response to growing interest in agriculture. In addition, the proposal expands opportunities for success in agriculture by creating a specialized education certificate to acknowledge student achievement and training in the field.
• Encouraging more women to pursue farming careers: S7843 authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Markets to conduct a study to identify obstacles and impediments that prevent more women from pursuing agricultural careers. Attracting new farmers to pursue farming careers in New York is critical, and continuing to focus the state’s efforts on encouraging growing sectors of the agricultural economy, like women-owned farm businesses, is a very important step in that direction.

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GC 4-H Dairy Club kicks off the club year with tours in Wyoming County https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/gc-4-h-dairy-club-kicks-off-the-club-year-with-tours-in-wyoming-county/435214

Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club at East Hill Creamery.

Press release and submitted photos:

The Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club kicked off the 2017-2018 4-H season with a set of tours.

On Oct. 9, the Dairy Club traveled south to Wyoming Ccounty to visit two innovative agribusinesses. The group consisted of 48 people, including club members, family and friends.  

The first stop, East Hill Creamery -- makers of grass-fed artisan cheese. Gary Burley, co-owner and operator, gave the group a tour of the cheese processing facility and explained how they make their award winning cheeses.

The creamery makes four kinds of the French-Alpine-style cheeses. The group finished the tour with a tasting of each kind: Underpass; Underpass Reserve; Silver Lake; and Happy Accident. It was a perfect stop for the club as October is National Cheese Month, and a great reason to enjoy a slice of real dairy cheese!

Seven miles down the road, the club found themselves at stop #2: Marquart’s Potato Farm and Storage Facility.

Besides seeing millions of New York grown potatoes, the club toured the cleaning washing, sorting and shipping areas of the business. Chad Heeb gave the group insight into their waste-free facility and how the dream of making New York potato chips has become a reality.

After many decades of growth, the Marquart Brothers have now been able to see their locally grown potatoes processed into New York potato chips. To celebrate another great New York made product, the 4-H group concluded the tour with a tasty snack of New York potato chips.

To learn more about Genesee 4-H visit our website: http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development or call the 4-H Office at 585-343-3040, ext. 101

Below, photo of Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club at Marquart Potato Farm.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/gc-4-h-dairy-club-kicks-off-the-club-year-with-tours-in-wyoming-county/435214#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/gc-4-h-dairy-club-kicks-off-the-club-year-with-tours-in-wyoming-county/435214 Oct 20, 2017, 2:58pm agri-business GC 4-H Dairy Club kicks off the club year with tours in Wyoming County Billie Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/2061/2017-09/4h_dairy_club_east_hill_creamery.jpg?itok=VvXnKUoB" width="460" height="276" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club at East Hill Creamery.</em></p> <p><em>Press release and submitted photos:</em></p> <p>The Genesee County 4-H Dairy Club kicked off the 2017-2018 4-H season with a set of tours.</p> <p>On Oct. 9, the Dairy Club traveled south to Wyoming Ccounty to visit two innovative agribusinesses.&nbsp;The group consisted of</p>
State trainer and expert on proposed Unified Solar Law to speak in Stafford Thursday night about big solar plants on farmland https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/state-trainer-and-expert-on-proposed-unified-solar-law-to-speak-in-stafford-thursday Information from a press release:
 
Are you curious about large-scale industrial solar electric plants on farmland? A trainer for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will be speaking in Stafford on Thursday, Oct. 12. 
 
The Stafford Solar Education Committee invites all citizens and lawmakers to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, located at the southeast corner of routes 5 and 237.
 
Speaking will be Derek Meister, of The Meister Consultant's Group Inc., an international sustainability consulting firm. He is a trainer for NYSERDA and the state's suggested Unified Solar Law.
 
He will explain the template state law, intended to streamline local implementation of large-scale industrial solar electric plants on farmland.
 
Please bring your neighbors, your comments and your questions.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/state-trainer-and-expert-on-proposed-unified-solar-law-to-speak-in-stafford-thursday#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/state-trainer-and-expert-on-proposed-unified-solar-law-to-speak-in-stafford-thursday Oct 10, 2017, 6:33pm agri-business State trainer and expert on proposed Unified Solar Law to speak in Stafford Thursday night about big solar plants on farmland Billie Owens <div><em>Information from a press release:</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Are you curious about large-scale industrial solar electric&nbsp;plants on farmland? A trainer for the&nbsp;New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will be speaking in Stafford on Thursday, Oct. 12.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Stafford Solar Education Committee invites all citizens and lawmakers to attend</div>
Free Beef Quality Assurance training to be offered by Cornell and Empire Livestock Marketing Oct. 13 in Pavilion, must RSVP by Oct. 6 https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/free-beef-quality-assurance-training-to-be-offered-by-cornell-and-empire-livestock Press release:

Empire Livestock Marketing with Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting free Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training from 6 to p .m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at Empire Livestock Marketing, 357 Lake St., Pavilion.

Nancy Glazier, Small Farms/Livestock specialist with the NWNY Team will be leading the classroom portion of the training. Dr. Becky Silvanic, DVM with Perry Veterinary Clinic will be leading the chute side portion of the training.

By attending, a beef producer will become Level 1 certified. By having a signed Veterinarian Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) form, a producer will be certified at Level 2.  He or she will have the opportunity to purchase a farm sign verifying the BQA certification.

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides training to beef cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites, and record keeping. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products.

Cost for the training is FREE, thanks to our BQA Month Sponsors. BQA manuals may be purchased for $10. Registration is required for dinner count by Oct. 6thSpace is limited so register early!

To register contact Cathy Wallace at cfw6@cornell.edu or 585-343-3040, ext. 138. For questions, contact Nancy Glazier at 585-315-7746 or nig3@cornell.edu.

The Beef Quality Assurance Program is supported by The Beef Checkoff.

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Corfu farm to celebrate wind power, energy savings with 'Open Turbine Day' https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/corfu-farm-to-celebrate-wind-power-energy-savings-with-open-turbine-day/328403
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Northern Power Systems, a Vermont-based wind energy company, will host an “Open Turbine Day” at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 21, at Miller Sonshine Acres Farm in Corfu.

Attendees will celebrate the successful operation of two wind turbines on the farm, highlighting significant energy cost savings, as well as getting an up-close look at the turbines.

“This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have it and don’t know how they work,” said Maureen McCracken from Northern Power Systems.

The family-friendly event will be held in conjunction with Buffalo Renewables and the Miller Sonshine Acres Farm, located at 10021 Simonds Road in Corfu.

At the event, attendees will learn about the benefits of wind power and talk to representatives from the companies.

Miller Sonshine Acres Farm has two wind turbines. McCracken said the farm has had one of them for two years and recently installed the other at the end of last year.

McCracken said they will be opening the door to the turbine, for attendees to see how it works.

The turbines that will be shown at the farm are not for home use, but companies do sell smaller wind turbines. At the event, people can learn about financing options. Wind turbines allow people to use wind energy to cut costs, McCracken said.

“In New York, there are good incentives through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) and the costs for the turbines have decreased,” McCracken said. “Now more than ever, it is easy for people to own a wind turbine.”

Residents can register for the event by July 17 by emailing:  info@northernpower.com or by calling 877-906-6784, ext. 6070.

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