Friday, April 8, 2011
Today is the last day to register for "Farms, Folks, and Funding: Cultivating Leadership Through Research and Practice." The February 2nd conference, rescheduled for April 13 at Inn on the Lake in Canadaigua, features East of Hudson Program engineer Andy Cheung presenting on the solar-powered pump and watering system installed at a Westchester farm in 2010.
This one-day conference focused on agricultural Best Management Practices and water quality will take a comprehensive look at energy, food systems, planning, funding access, TMDLs, and research through workshops and research sessions on how technology and changing behavior aids local agricultural processes. For more information, contact Khris Dodson at 315-443-8818. Conference cost is $40 for professionals or $20 for students.
Here's a look at the agenda:
8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast and Registration 9:10-9:40: Featured Speaker: Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute
9:45-10:45: Perspectives from Creative Local Food Advocates: Best Practices for Supporting Local Producers · Robert King; Grow Monroe, Monroe Community College · Martin Butts, Small Potatoes Sales and Marketing · Gordon Walts, American Farmstead Artisan Cheese and Specialty Foods
10:45-11:00 BREAK 11-12: Protecting Farmland, Restoring Watersheds · Geof Milz, AICP, Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development: Goin' Down to the Crossroads-Farmland Protection in New York State · Jen Smith, SUNY ESF: Geosynthetic Rolled Erosion Control Products · Charlie Greene P.E., EDR Companies: Watershed Restoration 12-12:45: LUNCH 12:45-1:30: Chesapeake Bay TMDLs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative · Aaron Ristow, Tompkins County SWCD, Upper Susquehanna Coalition · Ron Entringer, NYS DEC
1:30-2:10: Funding · Creg Ivison, Farm Service Agency: Farm Service Agency Programs
· David Morier, USDA District Conservationist in Canandaigua, Farm Bill Programs
2:10-3:10: Human and Habitat Assessment · Judy Wright, American Farmland Trust: Strengthening Agriculture's role in Protecting Water Quality in the Owasco Lake Watershed: Preliminary Findings · Lydia Brinkley, SUNY ESF: Agricultural Land Use Effects on Water Quality in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed: A Habitat Assessment using Benthic Macroinvertebrates · Mike Dimpfl, SUNY ESF: The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Composting Toilet Project: Ten Years of Alternative Toilet Technology in Practice
3:10-3:50 Tools · Paul Richards, SUNY Brockport: The Oak Orchard soil water assessment tool: A decision support system for watershed management · Bianca Moebius-Clune, Cornell University:Adaptive Nitrogen Management Using Adapt-N - Incorporating the Weather Component
3:50-4:30: Agriculture and Energy
· Ram Shrivastava, P.E., LEED® AP, Larsen Engineers: Opportunities for Making Dairy Farms Energy Independent · Andy Cheung P.E., Watershed Agricultural Council: Design of a Solar Operated Pump and Watering System